Encorium Group Inc., a Wayne clinical research organization, said it had appointed

Philip L. Calamia

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as its interim chief financial officer. Calamia is a partner of the Penn Valley Group, a consultancy firm.

Steve Brown

has joined the Star Group, Philadelphia, as managing partner/executive vice president, business management. He had been with Brown's ShopRite, the Philadelphia-area supermarket company.

Villanova University named

Michael J. O'Neill

vice president for university advancement, effective June 30. He had been associate vice president for development and university relations at Fordham University, New York.

Wanda Mial

is the new chief executive officer at Women's Christian Alliance, a Philadelphia nonprofit child welfare agency. Mial had been senior associate for child welfare at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national foundation based in Baltimore, Md.

Beneficial Bank hired

Carl Needles

as Pennsylvania district market manager. Needles had been a district executive for Sovereign Bank, overseeing 30 branch offices in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

Donna M. Dever

was appointed senior vice president of learning, development and process improvement at Harleysville Insurance. She had been senior vice president of business process improvement at that Harleysville company since 2006.

George W. Hemphill

joined Wilmington Trust of Pennsylvania in Villanova as vice president and private client adviser. He had been senior vice president of Wachovia Bank's wealth management legal specialty group in Philadelphia.

PMA Insurance Group, Blue Bell, named

Christina Preisig

senior vice president for managed care. Preisig had been vice president of managed care services product and business development at Zurich Services Corp.

GVA Smith Mack, a Wayne real estate firm, said it had promoted

Tim Pulte

to partner and president. Pulte had been executive managing director.