Lydia Jett named partner at the Vision Fund: Report


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Lydia Jett has been named a partner at the SoftBank Vision Fund, according to an article on Bloomberg.

Jett in her previous role was a director of the Americas region at the fund with a focus on ecommerce, fintech and robotics. She was formerly at M/C Partners.

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Northgate promotes one to CFO, hires head of IR


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Northgate Capital promoted Jana Vaze to chief financial officer from director of finance and hired Luciana Castro as head of investor relations. Castro joined from Abingworth and VantagePoint Capital Partners, where she led fundraising and LP services.

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Northgate Capital, a leading venture capital and private equity investment firm, today announced two senior appointments.

Jana Vaze has been promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer of Northgate. Jana was previously Director of Finance at Northgate, where she has served for over 12 years. During her time at Northgate, Jana has worked extensively with the senior leadership team, managing operational and strategic initiatives for the Firm.

As CFO, Jana will work with Moez Virani who has recently transitioned to a role of Senior Advisor after serving as CFO for 8 years.

Additionally, Luciana Castro joined Northgate as Head of Investor Relations. Luciana brings over 15 years of investor

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VC-backed Mirum Pharmaceuticals names Chris Peetz as CEO


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Venture-backed Mirum Pharmaceuticals named Chris Peetz as chief executive officer, stepping in for former CEO Mike Grey, who will be in the role of executive chairman of the board. Mirum is backed by investors including NEA, Deerfield Management, Frazier Healthcare Partners, Novo Holdings, Pappas Capital, RiverVest Venture Partners and Rock Springs Capital.

Press Release

Mirum Pharmaceuticals today announced the appointment of Chris Peetz as chief executive officer. The company’s former CEO, Mike Grey, will stay on with Mirum in the role of executive chairman of its Board of Directors.

“Chris has made tremendous contributions to Mirum since the company’s founding, and I am confident in his leadership of the team as they rapidly execute on multiple late-stage clinical programs in parallel,” said Mike Grey. “Importantly, Chris has the drug development expertise and passion for helping patients, which is critical when working on rare disease.

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Blackwell joins SMS Assist


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SMS Assist said March 21 that it hired Graham Blackwell as chief strategy and revenue officer. Blackwell most recently was an executive vice president with Bain Capital’s North American Private Equity Team. SMS Assist raised $150 million from Goldman Sachs Investment Partners in 2016.

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CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SMS Assist announced today the hiring of Graham Blackwell as chief strategy and revenue officer. A deeply experienced operating executive, Blackwell will lead SMS Assist’s strategy, pricing, marketing, and sales organizations and help the company continue to innovate and evolve its strategy as it rapidly grows.
Blackwell, most recently an executive vice president with Bain Capital’s North American Private Equity Team, has spent nearly two decades building businesses through the sharpening of strategy and execution. His experiences have been particularly focused on technology, retail, and the business services industries.
“SMS Assist has grown into the company we are today because of our

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Lippert joins Bain & Co


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Liz Lippert has joined Bain & Co. Lippert was previously a partner with The Parthenon Group.

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LIZ LIPPERT, CONSUMER AND RETAIL EXPERT, JOINS BAIN & COMPANY’S GLOBAL PRIVATE EQUITY PRACTICE

New York – March 21, 2019 – Bain & Company announced today that Liz Lippert, an expert in the consumer products and retail industries, has joined the firm’s global Private Equity practice. She is based in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office.

Ms. Lippert has more than a decade of consulting experience with a focus on due diligence work. She also has deep expertise in corporate growth strategy, M&A, customer insights and segmentation, and operational improvement. In her new role, she will advise clients during the due diligence of potential acquisitions and post-acquisition with a specific focus on consumer products and retail companies.

“We’re excited that Liz is bringing her deep industry expertise to the Private Equity practice

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Hoverman joins Bain & Co


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David Hoverman has joined Bain & Co as a partner in its private equity practice. Previously, Hoverman was the San Francisco office head and a member of the private equity practice at Parthenon.

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MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY EXPERT, DAVID HOVERMAN, JOINS BAIN & COMPANY’S GLOBAL PRIVATE EQUITY PRACTICE

New York – March 21, 2019 – Bain & Company announced today that David Hoverman has joined the firm as a partner in its Private Equity practice, where he will focus on media and technology companies with an emphasis on the education and training markets. He is based in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office.

In his new role, Mr. Hoverman will focus on broadening Bain & Company’s reach into the education space, providing expertise to investors and companies making acquisitions in education markets and growing their education and training businesses. In particular, he will assist the firm’s clients with navigating

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Sullivan named CEO of Equity Trust


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Equity Trust Co said March 20 that George Sullivan was named CEO. Sullivan is former executive vice president, global head of State Street Corp’s alternative investment solutions group.

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Sullivan, Former Executive Vice President at State Street, Named CEO of Equity Trust Company
CLEVELAND, OH, March 20, 2019 – Equity Trust Company, a leading financial services company offering retirement accounts and alternative asset custody for individuals and financial professionals, today announced the appointment of George Sullivan to the position of Chief Executive Officer.
“We are fortunate to have someone of George Sullivan’s caliber and experience to lead Equity Trust Company,” said Jeff Desich, Executive Vice Chairman. “George is a proven leader with a track record of formulating and executing strategy. His experience will enable him to strategically lead the company’s product innovation and growth.”
Mr. Sullivan brings more than 30 years of experience in the financial services

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Lumelleau joins Orchid Underwriters as chairman


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Orchid Underwriters Agency LLC, a TowerBrook Capital Partners portfolio company, said March 20 that John L. Lumelleau has joined as chairman. Lumelleau succeeds Steve Carlsen who will remain on the board and will lead a newly created underwriting committee. Lumelleau previously served as the CEO of Lockton Cos.

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VERO BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Orchid Underwriters Agency, LLC (“Orchid Insurance”), a leading specialty underwriter of catastrophe exposed property insurance, announced today that John L. Lumelleau has joined Orchid as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Lumelleau succeeds Steve Carlsen, who held the Chairman position for the last two years and has served on the Board since 2014. Steve Carlsen will remain on the Board and will lead a newly created Underwriting Committee.

As Chairman, Mr. Lumelleau will work closely with Orchid’s President and CEO, Brad Emmons, along with its partner, TowerBrook Capital Partners, in leading the continued evolution of Orchid’s

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Morrisseyto named CFO of SigFig


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SigFig said March 20 that Anne Morrisseyto was named CFO. Morrisseyto has nearly a decade of financial services experience with JPMorgan Chase & Co and Salomon Smith Barney, while also working at Fitbit and LeapFrog, as well as Yahoo!‘s investor relations division.

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — SigFig, a technology company helping to reimagine customer experiences in financial services, today announced the appointment of finance and technology veteran Anne Morrisseyto the position of Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Morrissey will assume full responsibility for the finance functions of the company as well as steer the company’s growth trajectory as SigFig’s first CFO.
“Anne’s proven success in helping to scale startups and growth-stage technology businesses is a great addition to SigFig as we continue our mission of reimagining the financial services industry,” said Mike Sha, CEO and co-founder of SigFig. “Anne joins us at a

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Finn named Carlyle COO


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Carlyle Group said March 19 that Christopher Finn was named chief operating officer. Finn has served as chief operating officer of Carlyle’s corporate private equity and global credit business segments and took the position of global head of operations in January 2018.

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Washington, DC – Global investment firm The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that effective immediately, Christopher Finn has become Chief Operating Officer and in his new role will lead Carlyle’s operational functions across the firm’s global platform.

 

“As a 23-year Carlyle veteran, Chris’s proven leadership, reliability and strong record of accomplishment make him the ideal person to lead our day to day operations,” said Carlyle’s Co-Chief Executive Officers, Kewsong Lee and Glenn Youngkin. “He has been instrumental in driving higher efficiency across the firm through executing key global operational improvements, and we look forward to him building on this foundation.”

 

Mr. Finn said, “I am excited to continue

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Drambarean joins Trovata.io


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Trovata.io said March 19 that Joseph Drambarean has joined as chief technology while Dave McCutcheon  has joined as vice president of sales. Drambarean was most recently at Capital One, where he led product management as head of the innovation labs and mobile banking teams. McCutcheon is the former head of sales and alliances at FloQuast.

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SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trovata.io, a leader in automating cash management and open banking for businesses, today announced it has added two key executives in technology and sales to its new office in San Diego’s Del Mar Heights:

Joseph Drambarean, Chief Technology Officer. Joseph joins Trovata after nearly four years at Capital One where he was at the forefront of digital transformation, leading product management as head of the innovation labs and mobile banking teams. Joseph is driving innovation around rapid deployment and customer onboarding, bank-grade security, and machine learning

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Charlesbank hires ex-Bain Capital Credit director as head of capital markets


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Charlesbank Capital Partners hired Carolyn Wintner as head of capital markets. Wintner joined Charlesbank from Bain Capital Credit, where she worked most recently as a director.

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Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC is pleased to announce that Carolyn Wintner joined the firm’s Boston office, effective March 4, 2019, as Head of Capital Markets. She brings nearly a decade of experience from Bain Capital Credit.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Carolyn began her post-MBA career as a Vice President in Bain Capital’s Private Credit Group. She was later promoted to Senior Vice President and most recently served as a Director. While at Bain, she specialized in making private debt investments in middle-market businesses across a range of industries. She was responsible for the origination, underwriting and documentation of privately placed investment opportunities across companies’ capital structures.

“We are delighted to have Carolyn on board,” said Josh

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Finistere Ventures names Adrian Percy as chief technology officer


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Finistere Ventures said it named Adrian Percy as chief technology officer. Percy is a former head of R&D for the crop science division at Bayer, and, in his new role, will provide strategic, technical and regulatory guidance to portfolio companies.

He also will work Finistere’s investment efforts to identify and evaluate potential investments and will join the boards of portfolio companies BioLumic and Hi Fidelity Genetics.

Finistere is an agtech and life-sciences investor.

Kirkland M&A attorney William Sorabella joins Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher


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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher hired William Sorabella as a partner working on public company and private equity mergers and acquisitions. Sorabella joins from Kirkland & Ellis.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that William B. Sorabella has joined the firm as a partner in the New York office. Sorabella, formerly with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, will continue his public company and private equity mergers and acquisitions practice.

“Bill is an exceptional, highly regarded M&A lawyer, who has worked on a number of high-profile transactions. We are delighted to have him join our corporate group,” said Ken Doran, Chairman & Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “His deep experience and his excellent reputation, especially in the public company deal community and among private equity sponsors, will be an excellent addition to our strong M&A platform.”

“Bill is an accomplished transactional lawyer whose creativity is a hallmark

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Pantheon hires author of “The Agile Marketer” to lead marketing


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Pantheon hired Roland Smart to lead and develop its marketing department. Smart is the author of “The Agile Marketer” and is co-founder of The Business Agility Institute. His hiring comes after a recent $40 million investment in Pantheon to expand its marketing and sales team.

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Pantheon, the leading website operations platform for agile marketers, today announces the hiring of agile marketing veteran and innovator, Roland Smart, to lead and develop the marketing arm of the firm. Mr. Smart’s hiring comes on the heels of a recent $40 million round of growth funding to expand the marketing and sales teams at Pantheon.

“For the last six years I’ve worked to transform enterprise-scale web teams with agile practices, so the utility of Pantheon was immediately apparent to me,” said Smart. “Pantheon, and WebOps, is a disruptive technology for web teams and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to advance Pantheon’s

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Szlezak jumps to KKR from Soros Fund Management


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Waldemar Szlezak has joined KKR and will lead the firm’s communications infrastructure investments in the Americas, his LinkedIn profile said. Szlezak is a former senior managing director of Soros Fund Management LLC’s private equity group, LinkedIn said. Szlezak will help spearhead KKR’s push into communications, a growing area of infrastructure investing, said the Wall Street Journal, which first reported Szlezak’s move.

Courtney joins Priority Power Management


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Priority Power Management LLC, which is backed by Ara Partners Group, said March 18 that it hired Justin Courtney as executive vice president and CFO. Courtney most recently was a managing director at Stephens Inc.

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HOUSTON and MIDLAND, Texas, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Priority Power Management, LLC (“Priority” or the “Company”), an independent energy management services and consulting firm headquartered in Midland, Texas, today announced the hiring of Justin Courtney as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Priority is backed by Ara Partners Group (“Ara Partners”), an industrial private equity firm that invests in companies with sustainable competitive advantages built upon greater resource efficiency.
Mr. Courtney brings to Priority over 22 years of relevant experience, with a focus on the power sector. Most recently, he was a Managing Director at Stephens Inc., where he completed 25 transactions across the deregulated power and natural

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Staley named CEO of Advancing Eyecare


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Advancing Eyecare, a portfolio company of Atlantic Street Capital, has named Brad Staley its CEO effective immediately. Most recently, Staley was CEO of United Scope.

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Advancing Eyecare Announces Appointment of Brad Staley as Chief Executive Officer

Experienced CEO with Global Operating Expertise to Oversee Lombart Instrument, Marco Ophthalmic, INNOVA Medical Ophthalmics, and Enhanced Medical Services

NORFOLK, Virginia, March 18, 2019 – Advancing Eyecare, a newly-formed holding company owned by private equity firm Atlantic Street Capital, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Staley to the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Staley will oversee all operations of Advancing Eyecare’s ophthalmic equipment industry leaders Lombart Instrument, Marco, INNOVA, and Enhanced Medical Services.

Staley joins Advancing Eyecare with over 24 years of global operating experience in healthcare, technology, and manufacturing companies including most recently as CEO of United Scope, a private equity-owned global provider of

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Weil hires ex-Goldman Sachs VP Brian Parness in private equity practice


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Weil, Gotshal & Manges hired Brian Parness as a partner in the global private equity practice. Parness joined Weil from Goldman Sachs, where he worked as vice president and associate general counsel. He will be based in New York.

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International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that Brian Parness has joined the Firm as a partner. He is part of Weil’s global Private Equity practice and is based in the Firm’s New York office.

“Brian is a tremendous addition to Weil’s market-leading private equity platform,” said Weil Executive Partner Barry Wolf. “We are very excited to welcome him to the Firm.”

Michael Aiello, Chairman of the Corporate Department, commented: “Brian is well known and highly regarded in the private equity field. In addition to his vast experience in asset management transactions, he brings a sophisticated knowledge of the market and will further strengthen

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