Advent International appointed Kahina Van Dyke as an operating partner. Her track record includes helping position Standard Chartered Bank as a leading digital banking platform while serving as global head of digital channels & data analytics and striking new strategic partnerships for Ripple as lead of the blockchain-based payments company’s corporate and business development teams. She is expected to advance Advent’s fintech franchise by working with the firm’s technology and business & financial services teams to identify new opportunities and support relevant portfolio companies.
One Rock Capital Partners welcomed Christine McClure to its team of operating partners. McClure brings nearly 30 years of financial leadership and change management experience at companies ranging from Ernst & Young to gas and electric utility National Grid, food distributor UNFI and most recently at workspace design firm Unispace. In her new role at One Rock, she is expected to provide guidance and support to help the firm’s portfolio company drive value creation.
One Rock also named Thierry Morin as its first operating partner based in France. He brings more than 40 years of experience at industrial manufacturing and services businesses, serving most recently as chairman and CEO of automotive supplier Valeo. Working in Paris in support of One Rock’s London office
Steve DeAngelis has joined Star Mountain Capital as senior advisor. Over his 30-year career, he has served at firms including Goldman Sachs Asset Management and FS Investments, in addition to co-founding and serving as president of ADVISORport, a wealth management platform that grew to over $100 billion in assets and was sold to PFPC Worldwide.
Thomas H. Lee Partners (THL) a premier private equity firm investing in middle-market growth companies, today announced the appointed Mark Forbis as executive partner. Forbis joins from fintech provider Jack Henry & Associates, where he served for over 30 years as executive vice president and chief technology officer, spearheading the development of game-changing banking technologies.At THL,he will focus on helping the firm identify, source and expand investment opportunities in the bank technology sector.
Platform Ventures named Ariana Nelson as head of investor relations. The newly created role involves developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with current and prospective investors and consultants, in addition to improving the investor experience and fundraising process at Platform. She brings more than 16 years of investor relations experience in the investment management industry, Ariana’s prior experience, most recently as managing director at Kayne Anderson Real Estate.
Manna Tree, a Colorado-based private equity firm that invests in growth-stage nutrition innovators, promoted Allyson Patterson and Steve Young from managing directors to managing partners. Patterson joined Manna Tree in 2019 after serving as managing directors at Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and has played a key role in establishing its culture, operations and compliance standards. Young joined the firm in 2022, bringing 30 years of experience including leadership roles at General Mills and Bellision Foods, and has expanded and refined Manna Tree’s investments team.
Cornerstone Fund, the United Church of Christ’s investment manager, named Betsey Saffar as its new vice president and chief financial officer. Her responsibilities include leading the finance and accounting team, preparing the fund’s annual offering circular and dealing with the board of directors on budget and fiscal matters. She joins from Achievement Centers for Children, a Cleveland-based non-profit provides services to children and adults with disabilities, where she served as CFO and executive vice president since 2010 after working as an accountant at Ernst & Young.
Trivest Partners appointed Allison Gracer as director of environmental, social, and governance — a newly created position intended to bolster the firm’s (and its portfolio companies’) commitment to ESG and DEI best practices. Gracer recently received as Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California at Santa Barbara; as part of thesis, she served as project manager for a year-long consulting project designing a Scope 2 emissions reduction strategy for Paramount Global.
Leonid Capital Partners, an investment manager focused on the U.S. National Security market. named James “Hondo” Geurts and Brian Hibbeln to its board of advisors. Geurts, who served most recently as Under Secretary of the United States Navy, brings over 34 years of extensive leadership and acquisition experience in several branches of the U.S. military. Hibbeln, a venture partner at SineWave Ventures, served in the U.S. Air Force and assistant deputy undersecretary of defense for special capabilities in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for more than 20 years.
Chicago-based real estate investment and redevelopment firm Hilco Redevelopment Partners (HRP) formed a corporate advisory board with four prominent individuals who will lend their expertise to advise the company on all facets of business and corporate strategy. The four board appointments are: Judith Rodin, president emerita of the University of Pennsylvania and former president of the Rockefeller Foundation; Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, former commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Ron DeGregorio, former CEO of NET Power and President of Exelon Power; and Michael K. Ohm, an environmental attorney and former managing partner of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
Tobías Martínez joined Antin Infrastructure Partners as senior advisor to help the Paris-based firm target growth opportunities in sectors including energy, environment, transportation and social infrastructure in Europe and North America. Martínez founded Cellnex Telecom and served as its CEO from 2015 until June, expanding the company from a regional telecommunications operator in Spain into a leading European telecommunications infrastructure manager.
Amanda K. Brown has joined Seward & Kissel’s New York office as special counsel in the Maritime and Transportation Group. Brown began her career at Seward & Kissel as an associate from 2006 to 2014 before serving as a senior associate and counsel focused on maritime finance matters at Reed Smith. Most recently, she was senior counsel at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She has represented and advised parties including private equity funds, banks and financial institutions in all aspects of ship financings.
Pryor Cashman added Christian Hylton as a partner in its Real Estate Group and Land Use + Zoning Practice. He joins from Phillips Nizer, where he was a partner and co-chaired the land use and government relations practice. Hylton’s practice specializes on oversight and management of issues related to land use, zoning and economic development, in addition to commercial and residential real estate.
Cboe Global Markets announced a series of hires and changes to its senior leadership in support of its global growth strategy. Catherine Clay was named to the new role of global head of derivatives. She joined Cboe in 2015 and served most recently as executive vice president, global digital and data solutions. Adam Inzirillo was appointed to global head of data and access solutions. He joined Cboe in 2019 and has served as senior vice president, head of North American equities since 2020. Oliver Sung, previously head of North America Execution consulting for Cboe, will step into Inzirillo’s shows as interim head of North American equities.
Digital asset-backed securities provider ETC Group named Chanchal Samadder as head of product to develop the firm’s global product strategy while also focusing on managing the existing suite of crypto ETPs. Samadder has served in senior positions at abrdn, BlackRock, UBS and Lyxor (now Amundi). As a key member of the senior management team, he will report to CEO Tim Bevan and will be based in ETC’s London headquarters.
Pat Tomlinson took over the reins at Mercer as president, effective Oct. 12. Martine Ferland will remain Mercer CEO and vice chair of its parent company, Marsh McLennan, until she retires on March 31, 2024. Tomlinson will have oversight of Mercer’s global health, wealth and career practices, and will keep his roles as Marsh McLennan U.S. and Canada CEO and Mercer U.S. and Canada president in the near term. Tomlinson has been with Mercer since 2014, prior to which he spent 17 years at Aon.
Sunitha C. Thomas is joining Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM) as co-head of the firm’s newly formed Wealth Client Group. Thomas will report to NTAM President Daniel Gamba in this newly created role designed to grow NTAM’s presence in the intermediary wealth management industry. Thomas joined Northern Trust in 2004 after holding roles at Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments. She spent the past five years at NTAM as a fundamental equity researcher.