LA 500—The Most Influential People in L.A.

The Los Angeles Business Journal recently released its ‘LA 500 list’ honoring the most influential leaders and executives in Los Angeles. This year’s collection of the leading figures from the city’s business community highlights the work that took place and the progress that was made in the months before Covid-19, but it also serves as a reminder that L.A. is peopled by some of the smartest, most innovative and staunchly resilient business talent anywhere in the world. This year’s ‘LA 500’ shines a light on many of the figures who not only can help us navigate the crisis today but stand to help us find our way through to the other side of this situation.

Two Intrepid founders are celebrating a repeat appearance on the list. Congratulations to Intrepid CEO Ed Bagdasarian and Chairman Jim Freedman for their vision, energy, and resourcefulness in helping to bring change to the LA business community. Also, two of our colleagues at MUFG Union Bank were recognized, Union Bank President Greg Seibly and Head of Commerical Banking Bita Ardalan.

Other notable figures include Patrick Soon-Shiong, who has marshaled his considerable medical experience as well as his biotech companies to tackle Covid-19 head-on, Cedars-Sinai Health System Chief Executive Thomas Priselac, Kaiser Permanente Southern California President Julie Miller-Phipps, and UCLA Health Chief Executive John Mazziotta who are leading organizations on the front line of the fight.

The list includes philanthropists like Michael Milken and civic leaders like Mayor Eric Garcetti, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, and Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. Leaders like Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke, and Hollywood heavyweight and Walt Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger also made the 2020 list.

Congratulations to all honorees!