- The New Jersey Department of the Treasury’s Division of Investment hired Dana Johns as head of private equity. Before joining the $88 billion pension fund manager, she was a member of the private equity team at the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, where she has yet to be replaced (read more).
- Andrew Hausman joined Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) as an operating partner in the firm’s Technology Group. Hausman has a track record of over 30 years leading companies in the financial technology, data and analytics sectors. He served most recently as president of the Finance and Risk Division at Dun & Bradstreet, which he helped take public; he previously held senior leadership roles at Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg. New York-based WCAS is exclusively focused on the technology and healthcare industries.
- Pacific Oak Capital Markets hired financial services industry veteran Derek Mazza as regional vice president for the Northeast Territory. Mazza, who served most recently as a senior vice president leading sales efforts in New England and Upstate New York for Cantor Fitzgerald, has over 18 years of experience, with expertise across alternative investments including REITs, private equity, infrastructure and qualified opportunity zones. His new role at Los Angeles-based Pacific Oak will build and maintain relationships with financial entities throughout states and regions ranging from Eastern Pennsylvania through New York to Vermont.
- New York-based Turnspire Capital Partners announced four additions to its team. Fang Fang Fu, who previously worked at ICONIQ Capital, Madison International Realty, Anchorage Capital and PricewaterhouseCoopers, joined as chief financial officer. On the Investment Team, Riley McCabe and Ahdiv Natha joined as vice presidents, while Peter Derby joined as an associate. McCabe previously worked at Argand Partners and Credit Suisse, while Nathan held roles at DestinHaus Capital, SVPGlobal and Goldman Sachs. Derby served previously at Argand Partners, AlpInvest|The Carlyle Group and Guggenheim Partners.
- Randy Little is joining 1RoundTable Partners (1RT) and 10T Holdings as a partner, effective June 1. Having served most recently as a managing director at Financial Technology Partners, where he exclusively advised clients in the fintech and digital asset sectors, Little brings over 25 years of experience in technology financing. In his new role, he will work closely with Dan Tapiero, founder, CIO and managing partner of mid-to-late-stage growth equity firm 1RT and digital asset-focused growth equity firm 10T.
- Healthcare investment firm CRG named Sebastian Arango as a managing director and head of Capital Formation. Arango has over 20 years of investment and advisory experience, most recently as a managing director and senior marketing and capital markets professional at King Street Capital Management, where he focused on institutional allocators and consultants in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. He previously served as a restructuring banker in Blackstone’s Restructuring & Reorganization Group and as an investment banking and fixed income analyst at Citigroup.
- Jeff Benjamin joined Lateral Investment Management as an operating partner. Benjamin joins from mortgage fintech company Ellie Mae, where he served most recently as senior vice president of sales and client management. He brings over two decades of experience in mortgage technology and six years as a mortgage banker. At San Mateo, Calif.-based Lateral, which provides “first institutional” growth capital ranging to established businesses, he will play a hands-on role supporting companies undergoing a transformational growth acceleration event.
- Vesey Street Capital Partners added Heyward Donigan and Debbie Osteen to its strategic advisory board. Donigan, a former Rite Aid CEO, has also held executive roles at companies including Cigna Healthcare and General Electric. Osten, a former CEO of Acadia Healthcare, brings over 38 years of senior leadership experience. The duo will help guide future investments at Vesey Street, a Denver, Colo.-based private equity firm focused on buyouts of lower middle market healthcare service companies.
- Event driven multi-strategy hedge fund Taconic Capital Advisors has named Nate Kempner co-chief investment officer alongside the firm’s co-founder Frank Brosens, after Christopher DeLong announced his retirement from the role of principal and CIO later this year. Kempner, a principal and co-chair of Taconic’s investment committee, joined the firm in 2010 (read more).
- Dan Pietrzak has become global head of private credit at KKR as his colleague and co-head of private credit Matthieu Boulanger departs to pursue other opportunities. Pietrzak joined KKR in early 2016, while Boulanger joined KKR in London the next year from HPS Investment Partners (read more).
- New York-based middle market private credit firm Brightwood Capital Advisors named Eric Pratt as chief credit officer. Pratt, who served most recently as a managing director at Wells Fargo, where he established a new credit portfolio function, previously held leadership positions at Mizuho Financial Group and Deutsche Bank, in addition to credit and managerial positions at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Procter & Gamble. In his new role, Pratt will oversee Brightwood’s existing portfolio, as well as playing a key role in the firm’s analysis of new investments.
- KKR veteran Julia Butler has been named to the newly created role of chief investment officer of KKR Real Estate Select Trust (KREST), a $1.5 billion registered closed-end fund with REIT taxation that thematically invests in income-oriented commercial real estate equity and debt. The new role makes Butler a dedicated member of KREST’s senior leadership team (read more).
- Samantha Davidson will join Cambridge Associates in July as president and head of global investing. In her new role, she is set to lead Cambridge Associates’ global investing team, responsible for running the firm’s investment business and overseeing its global investment platform. She joins following her work at Mercer, where she was a senior partner and U.S. investments leader (read more).
- Mercury Capital Advisors established a Leadership Committee to address the demands of rising opportunities in private markets and drive the strategy of the New York-based private fund and investment advisory firm. Mercury appointed Jennifer Frame as head of North American Distribution and promoted Sara Modalal Al-Qahtani to partner; she will lead fund raising in the Middle East. Cynthia Ho and Andrew Osofsky will co-head North American Origination and Project Management, while Arpit Khandelwal will head International Project Management. Devrup Banerjee, who was recently appointed to lead the firm’s Secondary Advisory practice, and Matthew Haimes, who leads Origination and Distribution efforts in Europe, will also be part of the Leadership Committee.
- Vidrio Financial, a global provider of data and software solutions for institutional allocators, hired Hattan Jabban as business development executive. Jabban previously served as general manager and VP – Project Management with both IBS and BFIM in Saudi Arabia. In is new role, Jabban will be tasked with expanding Vidrio’s activities across the Gulf region.
- Stax promoted Paul Edwards to global practice leader. Edwards has been part of the strategy consulting firm’s leadership team for the past 18 years, most recently as senior managing director of the private equity practice. He will be tasked with developing and executing firm strategy in his new role. New York-based Stax specialties include commercial due diligence and exit planning for private equity firms, PE-backed companies, hedge funds and investment banks.
- Davis Polk & Wardwell added Thomas J. Malone and David J. Penna as partners in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice and Finance practice, respectively. They join from Latham & Watkins, where Malone was a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices and Penna was a partner in, and previous global co-chair of, the Project Development & Finance practice. Davis Polk noted that the addition of Penna establishes the firm’s infrastructure finance practice.