Denver-based Excellere Partners named Ian Beck as its new associate of origination. He joins from Healthwell Acquisition, where as a senior analyst he provided support for the execution of healthcare-focused strategic initiatives including buy-side mergers and acquisitions and capital raises.
Lower middle-market specialist Star Mountain Capital added Eric Kirsch as senior advisor. Kirsch joins from Aflac, where he was the global chief investment officer for over 11 years. He brings over 40 years of investment and advisory experience at major financial institutions including Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Deutsche Bank.
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) welcomed Megan Callahan as an operating partner focused on healthcare information technology (HCIT). Callahan has spent 25 years leading and growing HCIT companies, including Lyft Healthcare, Change Healthcare and McKesson Technology Solutions. WCAS focuses exclusively on the healthcare and technology industries, and Callahan’s experience will help bridge the gap between both fields.
Former U.S. National Cyber Director Chris Inglis and former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chief of Staff Kiersten Todt joined Ballistic Ventures as federal advisors. Their extensive expertise is expected to help the cybersecurity-focused venture capital firm size up potential investments, gain federal market guidance and support portfolio companies as they navigate government policies and regulations.
Technology investment firm Bridge Growth Partners named Patrick Ostiguy and Eric Friedberg as senior advisors to lend their experience scaling technology and cybersecurity businesses to Bridge Growth’s portfolio companies. Ostiguy is the Founder of Accedian, a leading provider of highly accurate network performance monitoring and assurance solutions that was previously a Bridge Growth portfolio company. Friedberg, who currently serves as president and founder of C-suite consultancy Next Tier Cybersecurity, has more than 40 years of experience in areas including corporate governance, law, IT and compliance.
Pre-seed investor Techstars appointed Shirley Romig as its new chief accelerator investment officer. Romig brings over 20 years of experience operating at all stages of the company lifecycle, most recently as co-founder and CEO of pre-seed startup Mixo. She will oversee Techstars’ accelerator programs and manage the selection, funding and mentoring of entrepreneurs on a global level, in addition to managing Techstars’ Global Network Partners and Ecosystem Development programs.
Techstars also named Kristi Mitchem and Julie Harris to its board of directors. Mitchem has an extensive and varied background in asset management, having held leadership roles at firms including Wells Fargo Asset Management, State Street Global Advisors and Goldman Sachs, and serving most recently as the CEO of BMO Global Asset Management. Harris, the chief administrative officer and global head of operations for Asset & Wealth Management at J.P.Morgan Chase, has 35 years of experience across technology, management consulting and financial services to her credit.
PPM America hired Jeff Seaver as its new head of global distribution and Laura Beckner as head of consultant relations. Seaver, who joins from Western Asset Management, brings over three decades of institutional sales and service experience. He will lead Chicago-based PPM America’s initiatives to deliver investment solutions across strategies, including fixed income, commercial real estate debt, investment grade private credit and collateralized loan obligations. And in her newly created role as head of consultant relations, Beckner will report to Seaver as she works to establish long-term partnerships with consultants. She joins from Loomis Sayles, where she served as the director of consultant relations.
Acadian Asset Management added four senior staff to its investment team. Dr. Owen Lamont joins the Global Equity Research team as SVP and portfolio manager. In addition to serving recently as a managing director at Wellington Management, he spent many years in academia as a faculty member at institutions including Harvard University and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Dr. Javier Alcazar also joins the Global Equity Research team in the role of SVP and portfolio manager. He comes from Atlas Ridge, a machine learning-based hedge fund; before that, he was a quantum application scientist at Zapata Computing. Joining Acadia’s Equity Portfolio Management team as SVPs and portfolio managers are Dr. Lukasz Pomorski and Chris Covington. Pomorski was most recently managing director and head of ESG research at AQR; his academic background includes roles as adjunct professor at Columbia University and lecturer at Yale University. Covington brings over 16 years of investment experience, most recently as founding partner and head of investments at independent investment advisor AJO Vista.
Cohen & Company Capital Markets appointed Gary Quin as senior advisor to lead the firm’s efforts in the EMEA region. Quin joins from North Atlantic Acquisition Corp., a SPAC focused on European acquisition opportunities, and brings over 25 years of experience, including serving as vice chairman of Credit Suisse’s investment banking division in Europe and as a senior advisor to Blackstone.
Alter Domus, a provider of tech-enabled services including fund administration, named Michael Janiszewski as its new chief operating officer. He was most recently COO at BNY Mellon’s Securities Services and Digital business.
Christopher Fineburg and Teresa Armel have left the Rockefeller Global Family Office to join Next Capital Management. Both professionals spent 12 years at Greycourt & Co. before moving on to Florida-based Spearhead Capital, which was subsequently acquired by Rockfeller. They bring extensive experience with complex family office clients, in addition to a background in alternative investment research and manager selection.