Northleaf Capital Partners promoted five new managing directors. Brad Blowers (private equity in New York), Kamal Mahant (corporate finance and controller in Toronto), Megan McLeese (legal in Toronto), Tom Petty (private equity in New York) and Stella Vranes (strategic financial management and reporting in Toronto) were promoted at the end of 2023. Northleaf raised $3.1 billion in 2023, bringing total capital commitments to $24 billion since the firm’s inception. The Northleaf team now numbers more than 250 professionals across nine global offices.
Millennium Technology Value Partners named Joseph Kao, a long-time member of the Millennium team, partner. He played an important role and/or led Millennium’s successful investments in Jumio, Spotify, NetSpend, Green Dot, Pagaya, LegalZoom, Populi and others.
TSG Consumer Partners announced nine promotions across the firm, including Alec Fogarty to principal (San Francisco), Alex Gilmore to senior vice president (London), Kelly Pease to senior vice president (New York), Alex DiFelice to vice president (New York), Josh Ronson to vice president (London), Gaurish Gwalani to senior associate (San Francisco), Christian Pavlakos to senior associate (New York), Jordan Phelan to senior associate (San Francisco) and Phoebe Wallwork to senior associate (London).
Kainos Capital promoted Steven Koch to principal from vice president. Koch will be actively involved in leading the valuation and execution of transactions and management of portfolio companies. He will also help train and develop associates and serve as a member of the firm’s ESG Committee. Alex Stanek was promoted to manager on the Kainos Operations Team from senior associate. Stanek will continue to focus on supply chain, an important part of the firm’s operations management capabilities.
New Enterprise Associates named Tiffany Luck as a partner on its technology investing team. Luck will be based in NEA’s New York office with a focus on investments in B2B SaaS, APIs, and AI. She most recently served as a partner at GGV Capital where she focused on investing in enterprise software across the firm’s San Francisco and New York offices.
ATL Partners hired Caleb Clark to the role of senior partner, supporting the private equity firm’s strategic initiatives, capital formation strategies and firm and portfolio operations. He will serve on ATL’s investment committee and work directly with Frank Nash, ATL’s founder and managing member. Clark has over two decades of experience at middle market private equity firms and deep expertise with ATL’s core sectors of focus. Most recently, he was a partner at Palladium Equity Partners, where he co-led the firm’s industrial practice and was a member of the firm’s management and investment committees.
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe named Mark Almeida an operating partner in the Technology Group supporting the firm’s efforts in information services, data, analytics and software. He brings over 30 years of experience at Moody’s Analytics, where he played a pivotal role in the company’s evolution and growth.
Gainline Capital Partners welcomed Terrance Kennedy as its director of business development, overseeing deal origination and sourcing. Kennedy joined from Prospect Capital Management, where he was vice president and head of business development. While at Prospect, he was responsible for originating middle-market debt and equity investments with a focus on sourcing platforms and add-on opportunities.
Paine Schwartz Partners hired Helis Zulijani-Boye as a managing director on its Investment Team. Zulijani-Boye brings 16 years of investment experience, most recently focused on middle market private and growth equity at Newlight Partners, a spin-out from Soros Fund Management.
Attain Capital hired Ted Davies, who will serve as managing partner taking the lead of the company’s private equity investments in the government technology and services market. Prior to joining Attain, Davies served as chief executive officer for Altamira Technologies Corporation and president, federal systems at Unisys Corporation. Earlier in his career, he spent 17 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was a partner in charge of cross-agency service offerings.
SYN Ventures appointed former SAP global chief security officer Tim McKnight as operating partner. McKnight is the third SYN Ventures partner with experience as a Fortune 500 CISO. He joins SYN from SAP, where he served as executive vice president and chief security officer. In his role, he developed, implemented, and managed SAP’s overall security policies, standards and guidelines in accordance with ongoing security initiatives and worldwide IT, physical and personnel security, cybersecurity activities, data protection and privacy laws.
Gamut Capital Management, a middle market private equity firm, announced the promotion of Michael Hanigan to partner and Matthew Simon to principal. Hanigan joined Gamut in 2017 as an associate. Prior to Gamut, he was an analyst at Moelis & Company in its Investment Banking Division. Simon joined Gamut in 2022. Prior to that, he was a senior investment manager at Ardian in its North America Direct Buyouts Group, where he focused on private equity investments.
Bridge Growth Partners appointed Garrett Walls, former global head of investor relations at Angelo Gordon, as a senior advisor. Walls will bring his deep knowledge of investors in private equity and other alternative investments to advise Bridge Growth on its capital strategies.
O2 Investment Partners promoted Sean Darin to principal. Darin has been with O2 since 2016 and has been involved with many of O2’s current and past platform investments, including NTI Connect and EIS Holdings (both exited), as well as BerlinRosen and 4M Building Solutions, serving on the boards of directors of each.
Life sciences venture capital firm Cure Ventures appointed Jeff Jonas, M.D. and Al Robichaud as partners to expand the firm’s work with biotech entrepreneurs in developing therapeutics that cure life-altering diseases. For more than 30 years, Dr. Jonas has thrived in R&D leadership and cutting-edge drug discovery. Most recently, he was the CEO of the incubation platform, ABio-X. Robichaud, Ph.D., was chief scientific officer at Sage, where he helped launch the company into the public market and oversaw the discovery and development of two commercially approved drugs, Zulresso and Zurzuvae.
Crossplane Capital announced three promotions and one new hire. Patrick Lynch and David Harris were promoted to vice president and Will Huntsman to associate while Teddy Koudelka joins the firm as an associate. Lynch joined Crossplane in August 2020 and has been an integral member of the investment team having been involved closing two platform acquisitions and twenty-three add-on acquisitions. Harris joined in January 2020 as Crossplane’s second Associate hire. Over the last four years, he has been involved with closing three platform acquisitions, four add-on acquisitions and one exit, while also playing a dual role as a member of the Crossplane Operations Team where he manages value creation initiatives and drives accountability across the portfolio. Last year, Huntsman was promoted to associate after joining Crossplane in April 2022 as an analyst following three years with Peterson Partners in Salt Lake City, and in August 2023, Koudelka joined the firm as an associate after two years as an analyst with Jefferies in Charlotte, N.C.
PPM America added Bob Meikleham to the Global Distribution team as managing director, insurance. Meikleham comes to PPM from DWS, where he was responsible for the sale and distribution of their alternative and traditional investment solutions to insurance clients and prospects. His previous positions also include vice president, U.S. institutional business development at Unigestion and various sales roles at Columbia Threadneedle Investments.
Angel Oak Capital Advisors appointed Namit Sinha, who served as co-CIO overseeing the firm’s private strategies, CIO of Angel Oak Capital where he will lead the firm’s public and private investment strategies alongside Angel Oak Capital Co-CEO and Group CIO Sreeni Prabhu. In tandem, Senior Portfolio Manager, Clayton Triick will move to Head of Portfolio Management of Public Strategies. Both Triick and Sinha’s promotions will become effective March 31.
Slate Asset Management promoted Desmond Vindici and Sven Vollenbruch to managing director roles. Vindici is based in Chicago and focuses on capital markets and CMBS for Slate’s U.S. debt platform, Slate Real Estate Capital. Vollenbruch is based in Frankfurt and brings extensive real estate investment, debt financing, and portfolio management experience throughout Europe. Having joined Slate in 2018, he is currently responsible for the origination and execution of Slate’s European investments and leads the portfolio management and strategic oversight of Slate’s European funds and portfolios.
New York-based securitized credit and commercial real estate asset manager Axonic Capital promoted Matt Weinstein to co-CIO. In the newly created role Matt will continue to work alongside Clay DeGiacinto, founder and co-chief investment officer, and will oversee investment management, trading, asset allocation and sector allocation across the firm’s investment strategies. Since Weinstein joined Axonic in 2012, Axonic Capital has seen significant growth in assets under management, fueled by Weinstein’s contribution in building out and scaling the firm’s commercial real estate investments.
US Realty Advisors hired Justin Arasin as managing director, head of capital formation and product development. He will lead the firm’s strategic distribution effort, which includes overseeing client development, investor relations and product innovation. Arasin joined from Nuveen, where he was head of Alternative Investments Distribution.
DigitalBridge Group hired Ersin Yorulmaz as managing director, co-head of European Capital Formation, effective immediately. Yorulmaz’s appointment further solidifies DigitalBridge’s already strong commitment to the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), with the firm’s existing regional client base and portfolio of investments across all segments of digital infrastructure. He assumes the role alongside Alice Franks, who was appointed head of European Capital Formation in February 2023. He brings over 10 years of experience in capital formation, along with deep expertise in the DACH market. He was previously at BlackRock where he served as country lead of Alternatives Distribution for Germany, Austria & Eastern Europe (EEGA), leading capital raising efforts across private markets.
Energy Impact Partners (EIP) welcomed industry veteran Tom Kuhn as a senior advisor. In his role, Kuhn will provide senior business and strategic counsel to EIP’s 70+ strategic partners, 100+ portfolio companies and prospects to accelerate the pace of clean-energy innovation. Kuhn, former long-term President of Edison Electric Institute (“EEI”), played a pivotal role in advancing industry safety, leading clean energy transition efforts and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion across the industry. Under his leadership, EEI’s member corporations, the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies, agreed to cut emissions 80% by 2050, as compared to 2005, while retaining high reliability and lowering costs.
Langham Hall, a fund administration specialist, appointed three new heads of jurisdiction in the U.S., Jersey and Luxembourg. Joseph Hindi was appointed head of U.S. and will continue to expand Langham Hall’s footprint in North America. He previously worked as head of client relations at Apex Group and as a director at Gen II Fund Services. Lauren Slattery was named head of Jersey, after being a group head of accounting for a private investment firm. Maria Thorsted has moved from head of Luxembourg Operations to the role of the head of Luxembourg. Keith McShea will assume the role of chairman of Langham Hall Luxembourg, where he will be providing legal and advisory support to the business and clients.
Iron Road Partners, a regulatory consulting firm serving the investment management industry, appointed Noah Levine as director, effective Jan. 2, and promoted Paul McGowan to partner, overseeing the firm’s regulatory compliance services. Before joining New York-based Iron Road Partners, Levine was a managing director and senior compliance counsel for global alternative investment manager Angelo, Gordon & Co., where he was responsible for its real estate private equity, net lease, and direct lending business lines. McGowan joined Iron Road Partners as director shortly after the firm was formed in 2021, spent almost two decades at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), most recently in a senior examiner role in the private funds unit. He now leads Iron Road’s regulatory compliance offering to investment managers, including regulatory testing, investment adviser annual reviews, core compliance and outsourced reviews of marketing and advertising.
Debevoise & Plimpton named Drew Dutton and Clare Swirski co-heads of the firm’s U.K./European insurance transactional and regulatory practice. Dutton, who is relocating to London from the firm’s New York office, joined Debevoise in New York in 1999 and became a partner in the firm’s Paris office in 2007. Swirski is a London-based insurance regulatory and transactional lawyer who has been with the firm’s London office since 2017.
AI solutions provider Qraft Technologies hired Rita Lin, who will serve as director of business development. She brings with her over a decade-long focus in prime brokerage from her work at Citigroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Bain & Company hired Christophe De Vusser as its new worldwide managing partner (CEO) effective July 1, 2024. He succeeds Manny Maceda, who is serving his second three-year term as Bain’s worldwide managing partner. Maceda led the firm through a period of accelerated expansion since 2018, with an extended run of double-digit growth and investment, officials said.
BTIG promoted Michael Passaro to head of equity capital markets. In his new role, Passaro will lead the team as they work alongside the firm’s industry bankers, offering strategic insights for clients on equity-based solutions for their capital-raising needs. Joining BTIG in 2020, Passaro was integral to the expansion and success of the equity capital markets group. Prior to BTIG, he spent time at Deutsche Bank and Raymond James covering venture capital and private equity funds with a focus on equities transactions.
Centerview Partners, an independent investment banking advisory firm, welcomed Gordon Kroft as a partner in its New York office. He joins from Citigroup, where he most recently served as a managing director and co-head of Citi’s Global Communications and Media Group.
RVK Advisors announced that effective immediately, Josh Kevana will step into the role of RVK’s CEO-elect, and on Jan. 1, 2025 will assume full CEO responsibility topping off a 23-year career at the firm. Between now and then, current CEO Becky Gratsinger will work closely with him to ensure there is no disruption with day-to-day business or long-term strategy and execution. After this period, she will stay with RVK as a senior consultant and CEO Emeritus, while retaining her role as RVK’s Board Chair. In May, Tony Johnson and Spencer Hunter (both with RVK since 2008) will be named co-presidents of the firm. Current President Jim Voytko will transition to President Emeritus and remain with the firm as a senior consultant to serve his current clients and retain certain research responsibilities.
Partners Capital promoted Edmondo Barletta has been promoted to partner. He joined the firm in 2013 from Bain Capital Private Equity. At the Managing Director level, four Senior Principals based in Europe have been promoted: Joe Basrawy, Matt Libling and Louisa Saunders in the London office, as well Niccolò Frigieri in Paris. In the United States, Chris Bunzel, Pamela Haddad and Steve Kaplan, all based in the Boston office, have also been promoted.