Ardian promoted Mark Benedetti to executive president and Mathias Burghardt, Vladimir Colas and Jan Philipp Schmitz to executive president. The executives will pave the stage for Ardian’s next stage of growth by serving on its newly launched general management team. Benedetti, who joined Ardian in 2006 from KPMG, is chairman of the firm’s executive committee, co-head of secondaries & primaries, co-head of Ardian U.S. and a Member of the ASF management committee. Burghardt joined Ardian in 2007 from HSBC; he serves as vice-chairman of the firm’s executive committee and head of infrastructure and IT. Colas, who joined Ardian in 2003, serves as vice-chairman of the firm’s executive committee, co-head secondaries & primaries, co-head of Ardian U.S. and a member of the ASF management committee. Schmitz, who joined in 2005 from Ernst & Young, is a member of Ardian’s executive committee and head of Ardian Germany and Asia, head of investor relations and deputy co-head of secondaries & primaries.
Ardian also named Nicolò Saidelli as advisor to the firm’s president, Dominique Senequier, on strategy and acquisitions. He joined Ardian in 2008 from L Capital. He is a member of the firm’s executive committee, head of Italy and co-head of buyout.
Palladium Equity Partners is promoting Alexander J. Funk, Nancy A. Mitchell and Katherine A. Lehman to partner, effective Jan. 1, 2024. Funk, who joined Palladium in 2015, was previously an investment banking analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mitchell joined the firm in 2021 after serving as a partner at law firm O’Melveny & Myers. Lehman, a Hilltop Private Capital co-founder who joined Palladium in 2022, is currently a partner at the Palladium Heritage strategy. Additionally, Palladium named Dale O’Connell managing director, co-head of fundraising and investor relations, effective immediately. He joined the firm in 2015 after three years at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank and has been serving as co-head of fundraising and investor relations.
One Rock Capital Partners named Leo Fitzpatrick as chief technology officer to advance the firm’s tech applications and infrastructure. With over 20 years of experience to his credit, he joins from Lindsay Goldberg and served previously as project analyst at Bessemer Group.
Comvest Partners named Lee Landrum as a partner and head of investor relations. Landrum brings 30 years of experience working with middle-market companies at firms including BlackRock and The Carlyle Group. He will be based in Comvest’s West Palm Beach, Florida, office, managing relationships with global investors in the firm’s private equity, direct lending and special opportunities investment strategies.
Firas Mallah joined Sagard as managing director and head of the Middle East. He will lead the firm’s newly established first office in the region, located in Abu Dhabi. Mallah brings over 20 years of experience, with a focus on Middle East fundraising, at firms including MMK Capital and BMO Financial Group.
Anzu Partners elevated Cathryn Paine to partner. Paine, who joined the firm in 2017, oversees the firm’s people function, leading a team that supports portfolio company performance through talent recruitment and retention. She previously served at technology platform Mapbox and messaging software developer FrontlineSMS.
Celesta Capital hired Anita Rehman as partner. She has more than 20 years of experience working with startups, technology leaders and investors to bridge the gap between the U.S. and India. She will be based in the firm’s first India office, located in Bangalore, and will also spend time at the deep tech venture capital firm’s San Francisco headquarters.
Maja Lindstrom joined Angelo Gordon’s client partnership group as a managing director. She will be based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and tasked with expanding the $73 billion firm’s client roster in Northern Europe and Israel. Lindstrom brings more than 15 years of experience in business development and investor relations, having served most recently as managing director, EMEA business development at Barings.
Erik Hall joined Crescent Capital Group’s investor solutions group as managing director, head of Midwestern region. Operating out of Crescent Capital’s Chicago office, Hall will oversee marketing of the firm’s strategies to institutional investors the central U.S. and beyond. He brings 25 years of investor relations, business development and investment experience, including nearly 10 years working with GCM Grosvenor in Chicago and roles at Citigroup and First Chicago Capital Markets.
Kennedy Wilson promoted Matt Windisch to president as Mary Ricks announced her decision to retire from the position after 33 years leading the global real estate investment company. Windisch joined Kennedy Wilson 17 years ago and has since overseen strategic planning, public markets activities and the expansion of the company’s credit business. Ricks, who is also resigning as director on the company’s board, will stay on as a consultant to assist in the transition.
Real estate advisory and outsourcing services provider Mohr Partners added Tod Zhang as a director in its Dallas office. Zhang joins from Mercer, where he represented industrial tenants in Dallas-area submarkets. Zhang is tasked with building out a preeminent industrial tenant-representation practice across North Texas, deploying Mohr Partners’ supply chain and logistics data analytics platform to advise industrial clients on site selection decisions.
Houlihan Lokey added Julia Perroni as a managing director to lead its capital markets business in France out of the Paris office. She served most recently as Credit Suisse’s head of leveraged finance, France, and brings more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.
McDermott Will & Emery welcomed Kate Vera as a partner. A noted executive compensation lawyer with a successful track record representing major private equity firms and their portfolio companies, Vera joins from Kirkland & Ellis, where she was a share partner. She will lead McDermott’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice in New York.
Sarah Billingham joined Chatham Financial’s corporates practice as a managing director. She will serve Chatham’s corporate clients in Europe as part of the firm’s strategic efforts to expand across the EMEA region. She brings more than 20 years of consulting and risk management experience, with a focus on foreign exchange. She served most recently as head of FX specialized sales at LCH’s foreign exchange clearing service, ForexClear.
Tommaso Zanobini joined DC Advisory’s New York-based tech & software team as managing director. Zanobini has worked in investment banking for more than 30 years, most recently as global head of fintech at Moelis & Company. He previously served at Lehman Brothers, Barclays, Jefferies and Deutsche Bank.
Jim Walker is rejoining alternative asset manager Black Diamond Capital Management as president and senior managing director. Walker co-founded Black Diamond in 1995 and played key roles in the firm’s early investment funds before joining Fir Tree Partners in early 2008.