SK Capital promotes three


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SK Capital has promoted Barry Penney to managing director and Cole Abernathy to senior associate. Also, the firm promoted Cecilia Pulmano to director, office administration.

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New York, NY – January 15, 2019 – SK Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused exclusively on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors, announced today several promotions.

Barry Penney has been promoted to Managing Director after joining SK Capital as a Principal in 2015. Mr. Penney spent over thirty years as an executive in domestic and international chemical businesses in a variety of management and operating roles. Mr. Penney previously served as the President of NGL’s, Olefins and Feedstocks at Ascend Performance Materials, an SK Capital portfolio company. Prior to Ascend, he served in a variety of senior operating positions at Exxon, Bayer, Goodyear and Cytec.

In addition, Cole Abernathy was promoted to Senior Associate. Prior to joining SK Capital in

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VC-backed Offensive Security appoints new CEO


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Offensive Security, a provider of online penetration testing training and certification, has named Ning Wang as CEO. Wang is the former chief operating officer and chief financial officer of HackerOne and Lynda.com, respectively. Offensive Security’s backers include Spectrum Equity and TenEleven Ventures.

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NEW YORK – January 15, 2019 – Offensive Security, the leading provider of online penetration testing training and certification, today announced the appointment of Ning Wang as CEO. Wang joins the company with proven experience in growing community-driven, subscription-based businesses in the security and online training markets as COO and CFO of HackerOne and Lynda.com (formerly Spectrum Equity-backed and acquired by LinkedIn), respectively. Her appointment follows the growth investment in the company, led bySpectrum in September 2018.

“In an age when software is in everything we touch and use, it’s now a matter of when and not if it will be breached

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MightyHive recruits Jamal as learning and development VP


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San Francisco-based MightyHive, a media consultancy, has named Rashaad Jamal as vice president of learning and development. Prior to joining MightyHive, Jamal worked at McKinsey & Company where he was an engagement manager. In 2018, MightyHive merged with Martin Sorrell‘s S4 Capital.

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Leading media consultancy MightyHive today announced the appointment of Rashaad Jamal as Vice President of Learning and Development, to oversee the company’s world-class employee training programs known for creating programmatic experts. Jamal brings more than 10 years of training and coaching experience to this position.

“The support and training we provide our people, as well as to our customers, underpins MightyHive’s ability to deliver transformative marketing results,” said Pete Kim, CEO and co-founder, MightyHive. “We believe there is a 10:1 disconnect between the demand for and supply of programmatic experts today. Rashaad’s experience working with elite teams will

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Portfolio Advisors promotes six


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Darien, Connecticut-based Portfolio Advisors, a private markets investment specialist, has made a number of promotions, according to a company announcement. Elizabeth M. Campbell Jeffrey J. Cho, Patrick R. Gerbracht and Benjamin S. Hur have become managing directors. Michael Chen is now a senior vice president while Lauren M. Johnson has become a corporate chief financial officer. The appointments became effective January 1, 2019.

Madrona appoints Cochran as MD


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Madrona Venture Group has named Hope Cochran as managing director. Cochran joined the early-stage venture firm in 2017 as a venture partner. In addition to Cochran’s appointment, the firm has promoted Troy Cichos to chief operating officer and partner and Jennifer Chambers to administrative partner.

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SEATTLE, WA – January 15, 2019 – Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm, announced today that Hope Cochran is expanding her role to become a Managing Director.
Cochran joined Madrona in early 2017 as a Venture Partner. Cochran brings more than twenty-five years of experience as an early stage founder, CFO of quickly growing companies and as a public board member, to her investment and company building work. While at Madrona she has counseled small, mid and late stage companies on growth and management strategies, as well as leading the first round of institutional funding for the Riveter, a female forward

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Z Capital promotes Kane to general counsel and chief compliance officer


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Z Capital Group has promoted Matthew D. Kane to general counsel and chief compliance officer. His appointment became effective immediately. Kane joined Z Capital as deputy general counsel in 2014.

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New York, January 14, 2019 – Z Capital Group, L.L.C. (“Z Capital”), a leading alternative asset manager of opportunistic, value-oriented private equity and credit funds, today announced the promotion of Matthew D. Kane to General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Kane has also been appointed to Z Capital’s Management Committee.
Mr. Kane joined Z Capital as Deputy General Counsel in 2014 and has nearly two decades of legal experience. He is responsible for providing legal advice on value-oriented private equity transactions in due diligence, legal oversight of portfolio companies, mergers & acquisitions, and litigation.

Prior to joining Z Capital, Mr. Kane was with Storch Amini PC, a litigation boutique in New York, where

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Wing Venture Capital hires Chokshi as talent partner


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Wing Venture Capital has named Sunil Chokshi as a talent partner. Previously, Chokshi worked at Andreessen Horowitz where he was a partner on the executive talent team since 2013.

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Wing Venture Capital, the leading early stage venture capital firm focused on technology for business, today announced that Sunil Chokshi has joined the firm as Talent Partner.

Sunil comes to Wing from Andreessen Horowitz, where he served as Partner on the Executive Talent team since 2013 and focused on helping early-stage and later-stage portfolio companies make Director-level and Executive-level hires. During his tenure, he built long-term relationships with over 1,000 executives across startup functions and also helped produce the firm’s annual executive search compensation study, which drew on deep datasets from and relationships with search firms.

Sunil adds to Wing’s considerable resources and capabilities. At Wing, Sunil will proactively develop and support

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Evercore taps Kajani as senior managing director


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Evercore has named Zaheed Kajani as a senior managing director in the firm’s investment banking business. Previously, Kajani worked at Citi where he most recently was a managing director and global head of the internet and digital media practice.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ –Evercore (NYSE: EVR) announced today that Zaheed Kajani has joined the Firm’s Investment Banking business as a Senior Managing Director. He will be based in Menlo Park and will focus on advising clients in the Internet and Digital Media sector.

Mr. Kajani has been a trusted advisor to clients in the Internet and Digital Media industry for almost two decades. He is joining from Citi where most recently he was a Managing Director and Global Head of the Internet and Digital Media Practice. Over the course of his career, he has advised on more than 100 transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public

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Hercules Capital adds SharesPost COO/CFO to board


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Hercules Capital, a specialty finance company to venture growth, pre-IPO and M&A stage companies backed by venture capital firms, has added Carol L. Foster to its board of directors. Her appointment became effective January 11, 2019. Currently, Foster is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer at SharesPost Inc.

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PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hercules Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC) (“Hercules” or the “Company”), the leading specialty finance company to innovative, venture growth, pre-IPO and M&A stage companies backed by leading and top-tier venture capital firms, today announced that Carol L. Foster was appointed to serve as a member of its board of directors, effective January 11, 2019. Ms. Foster is a seasoned financial executive with more than 30 years of investment banking and operational financial management experience.

“As Hercules continues to grow and expand its platform, we remain steadfast to ensuring our board also reflects our commitment

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Battery Ventures promotes three to principal and one to VP


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Battery Ventures has made a number of promotions. Logan Bartlett, Sanjiv Kalevar and Shiran Shalev have become principals while Justin Rosner is now a vice president.

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SAN FRANCISCO & NEW YORK & BOSTON & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Battery Ventures, an investment firm focused on innovation and technology worldwide, has promoted four team members—including three to the rank of principal–across four global offices. The newly promoted team members execute deals in areas including business software, enterprise-IT infrastructure, financial technology and industrial tech.

“These promotions highlight the great work these team members have done sourcing deals across three continents—and then working closely with management teams to help grow promising businesses,” said Michael Brown, a Battery general partner. “We are also proud that we continue to internally develop strong investment talent and the next generation of firm leaders, which is an integral part of Battery’s culture.”

Logan Bartlett, based in

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Macquarie Captial appoints Bayer and Singh as co-heads of industrials in the Americas


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Macquarie Capital has named Robert Bayer and Ajay Singh as co-heads of industrials in the Americas. Previously, Bayer worked at Guggenheim Partners, where he was a senior managing director while Singh was at Credit Suisse, where he was a director in the firm’s industrials practice.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investment arm of Macquarie Group (ASX:MQG; ADR:MQBKY), today announced that it is initiating expanded coverage of the industrials sector in the Americas, led by two newly appointed executives.

Robert Bayer and Ajay Singh have joined Macquarie Capital as Senior Managing Directors and will be Co-Heads of Industrials in the Americas. In addition, Mr. Bayer will lead Macquarie Capital’s coverage of the paper and packaging sector in the Americas, Europe and Asia, while Mr. Singh will lead coverage of the chemicals sector across the same regions. Both will support and leverage Macquarie’s

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Yellow Wood-based Paris Presents announces changes to senior leadership team


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Paris Presents, a portfolio company of Yellow Wood Partners, has named Patrick O’Brien, who is currently CEO, as vice-chairman. Also, Bill George, currently CEO of Freeman Beauty, which is backed by Yellow Wood, will become CEO of Paris Presents. The appointments become effective March 1, 2019. Paris Presents is a provider of branded cosmetic and bath accessories.

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BOSTON, January 15, 2019 – Yellow Wood Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on investing in consumer brands and companies, announced today changes to the senior leadership team, effective March 1, at its portfolio company Paris Presents, Inc., a rapidly growing provider of branded cosmetic and bath accessories.
As part of a planned succession, Patrick O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer of Paris Presents, will become Vice-Chairman and will play a key role on the board with a focus on growth initiatives. Bill George, currently CEO

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Apollo Global names co-COOs


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Apollo Global Management LLC said Jan. 15 that it expanded its leadership team. The firm promoted Anthony Civale, lead partner and COO, and Martin Kelly, CFO, to serve as co-chief operating officers. Civale and Kelly will oversee Apollo’s business operations and corporate infrastructure. They work closely with James Zelter and Scott Kleinman, Apollo co-presidents. The appointments are effective Jan. 15.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Apollo Global Management, LLC (APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo” or the “Company”) (NYSE: APO) today announced an expansion of its executive leadership team with the elevation of Lead Partner and Chief Operating Officer (Credit) Anthony Civale and Chief Financial Officer Martin Kelly to serve as Co-Chief Operating Officers of the Company. Mr. Kelly will continue in his role as CFO.
In their new capacities, Mr. Civale and Mr. Kelly will oversee Apollo’s business operations and

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Camano Capital invests in Omnia Italian Design


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Camano Capital LLC said Jan. 14 that it completed the majority recap of Omnia Italian Design LLC. Financial terms weren’t announced. Omnia, of Chino, California, designs, makes and distributes leather furniture.

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SEATTLE and MINNEAPOLIS and CHINO, Calif., Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Camano Capital, LLC (‘Camano’), a consumer-focused private equity firm with offices in Seattle and Minneapolis, is pleased to announce the majority recapitalization of Omnia Italian Design, LLC. (‘Omnia’ or the ‘Company’).
Omnia, located in Chino, CA, is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of leather furniture. For over 30 years, Omnia has manufactured premier leather furnishings entirely in the U.S.A. Omnia’s proprietary, U.S. based system of ‘personalization,’ allows the Company to create premium leather furniture to meet the specific needs of each customer, in a fraction of the time required by other foreign or domestic furniture manufacturers.
Tom Newell from Camano stated,

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Haggar named CEO of Zentiva


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Zentiva, an Advent International portfolio company, said Jan. 15 that Nick Haggar was appointed CEO effective Feb. 11. Haggar joins from InsudPharma where he had been CEO.

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PRAGUE, January 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —
Zentiva is very pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Haggar to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective as of February 11th, 2019. Nick joins from InsudPharma where he has been CEO from 2016-2019. He has worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry for more than 30 years and has both a strong commercial track-record with leadership positions in Sandoz (Novartis), GlaxoSmithKline and Ranbaxy, and technical know-how having commenced his career in technical operations at Baxter Healthcare. He was also President of Medicines for Europe(former EGA) during 2014-2015. Nick will be based in Prague and will report to the Advisory Committee of Zentiva.
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Tonka Bay Equity promotes Kielhorn, Fish


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Tonka Bay Equity Partners said Jan. 15 that Kam Kielhorn was promoted to principal, while Taylor Fish was elevated to senior associate.

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MINNETONKA, Minn. (January 15, 2019) — Tonka Bay Equity Partners has announced that Kam Kielhorn has been promoted to Principal and Taylor Fish has been promoted to Senior Associate.
Kielhorn joined Tonka Bay in 2015 as an Associate and was promoted to Director in 2017. In his role at Tonka Bay, Kielhorn sources, structures, and closes new investment opportunities and add-on acquisitions. He is also responsible for performing due diligence, managing financing relationships and providing strategic oversight and corporate governance to portfolio companies. Kielhorn works closely with several Tonka Bay portfolio companies and recently joined the Board of Directors of United Skin Specialists and Seaway Plastics.
Fish joined Tonka Bay in 2016 as an Associate. He is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential investments and monitoring

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NPH hires Hagey as CFO


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National Partners in Healthcare, a joint venture between Archimedes Health Investors LLC, a healthcare-focused private equity firm, and BlueMountain Capital Management LLC, has appointed David Hagey as chief financial officer. Previously, Hagey was worked at Epic Health Services Inc.

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RICHARDSON, Texas, Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — National Partners in Healthcare (NPH) announced today that David Hagey, has joined the leadership team as the Chief Financial Officer. Hagey brings extensive experience and a proven track record of accomplishments to his role at NPH, having spent the past 20 years in senior executive positions with various healthcare companies.

“David’s extensive executive experience in financial, M&A, and accounting and leadership roles in the healthcare industry makes him a uniquely qualified individual and excellent addition to our executive team,” said Mike Saunders, CEO of NPH.

Hagey comes to NPH from Epic Health Services, Inc., the nation’s largest provider

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Grotech promotes one to partner


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Grotech Ventures has promoted Julia Taxin to partner. Taxin joined the firm in 2012.

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HUNT VALLEY, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Grotech Ventures, a leading early investor in high-potential technology companies and one of the longest-established firms in the venture industry, today announced that Julia Taxin has been promoted to Partner.

Ms. Taxin joined the firm in 2012. Julia has brought more than ten years of experience in venture capital, finance, and consulting to Grotech Ventures. While at Grotech, she has worked with a number of portfolio companies, including Ceros, Cloud Elements, Contactually and Optoro among others. Julia recently led Grotech’s investments in Backbone PLM and The Mom Project, and also serves on the Board at Airside Mobile and ChurnZero.

Prior to joining Grotech, she spent time at Sandbox Industries focused on evaluating new investment opportunities and portfolio company growth strategies. She began her career as an IT consultant at PwC

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Duane Morris names co-chairs of private equity group


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Duane Morris LLP has named Michael C. Hardy and Nanette C. Heide as co-chairs of the private equity division of the corporate practice group. Hardy is a partner at the law firm’s Baltimore office while Heide is a partner at the New York office.

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BALTIMORE and NEW YORK, January 14, 2019—Duane Morris LLP has named partners Michael C. Hardy of the firm’s Baltimore office and Nanette C. Heide of the firm’s New York office as co-chairs of the Private Equity division of the Corporate Practice Group.

“Nanette and Mike each have strong experience in private equity transactions and bring to this new assignment a high degree of enthusiasm and commitment to continuing the success and expansion of the Private Equity division of the Corporate Practice Group,” said Brian P. Kerwin, chair of Duane Morris’ Corporate Practice Group. “They will bring some fresh and exciting ideas to the business,

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MUFG adds McLallen as MD to private equity sponsor coverage group


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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc has named Scott McLallen as a managing director in the bank’s private equity sponsor coverage group. His appointment begins January 14, 2019. Previously, McLallen worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey where he worked for nearly eight years as a managing director in the bank’s financial sponsors group.

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New York, January 14, 2019 – Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG), one of the world’s leading financial institutions, today announced that Scott McLallen has joined MUFG as a Managing Director in the bank’s Private Equity Sponsor coverage group.

Based in New York, he is scheduled to begin on January 14.

Mr. McLallen will report to Matt Maley, who was hired in 2018 as the Head of MUFG’s Private Equity Sponsor coverage team. The group is part of MUFG’s Corporate Advisory for the Americas unit.
“Scott’s experience and depth of industry knowledge will be crucial components as

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