Angert, Leppla join TA Associates

TA Associates said Aug. 13 that it Calen Angert and Nicholas Leppla have joined the firm as vice president in its Menlo Park office. PRESS RELEASE TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, today announced the recent hiring of Calen Angert and Nicholas Leppla, who have rejoined the firm as Vice Presidents in its Menlo Park office. “We are thrilled to welcome back Calen and Nick to the firm,” said Brian J. Conway, Chairman and Managing Partner at TA Associates. “As Associates, both proved to be valuable contributors to TA on several fronts, particularly in our deal sourcing and due diligence efforts. We look forward to Calen and Nick’s contributions as we continue to seek investments in profitable growth companies and partner with the management teams of our portfolio companies to create further value.” Calen Angert focuses on investments in healthcare companies across North America. Prior to
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Magilla Loans taps Blackstone’s PE head for board

Magilla Loans, a search engine for loans, has named Joseph Baratta to its board of directors. Baratta is the global head of private equity at Blackstone. PRESS RELEASE SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Magilla Loans, a search engine for loans which connects borrowers to banks without requesting personal information, announces the addition of Joseph Baratta (“Joe”), Global Head of Private Equity at Blackstone, to its Board of Directors. Joe will serve alongside Dr. Rao Unnava, co- founder of Angie’s list and Dean of UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Over his twenty-year career at Blackstone, Joe spearheaded some of the firm’s most successful investments and helped establish the firm’s private equity business in Europe. Before joining Blackstone, Joe worked for investment firms Tinicum Incorporated and McCown De Leeuw & Company. He also worked in the mergers and acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley. “Magilla is transforming the
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RiverGlade taps Hudak as operating partner

RiverGlade Capital, a healthcare services-focused private equity firm, has named Jim Hudak as an operating partner. Previously, Hudak was CEO of Paradigm Outcomes. PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO (PRWEB) AUGUST 09, 2018 RiverGlade Capital (“RiverGlade”), is pleased to announce that Jim Hudak has been engaged as an Operating Partner and will have an exclusive relationship with the firm. As an Operating Partner, Mr. Hudak will play a key role in the firm’s strategic planning, human capital sourcing, and deal origination, evaluation and diligence. He brings a wealth of healthcare industry knowledge and executive operating experience to RiverGlade, having spent the last six years as Chief Executive Officer of Paradigm Outcomes before moving into the Executive Chairman role in late 2017. Prior to Paradigm, Mr. Hudak was Chief Administrative Officer at CRC Health Group, where he oversaw several functions including human resources, IT, risk management and finance and spent a number of
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PE-backed Armour makes two new appointments

Bermuda-based Armour Group Ltd, a P&C run-off insurance business, has made two new appointments. Ranbeer Bhatia will head Armour’s business development in North American while Andrea Piatti will serve as head of European M&A. Armour is backed by Aquiline Capital Partners. PRESS RELEASE Armour Group Ltd (“Armour”) announces two new senior appointments, Ranbeer Bhatia and Andrea Piatti. The new appointments are key additions to Armour’s continued growth strategy and execution of its global build-out for new business sourcing and new product development. In this regard both Mr. Bhatia and Mr. Piatti will report to Steve Ryland, Group SVP and Armour’s Global Head, New Business Development. Mr Bhatia will head Armour’s business development in North America. Mr. Piatti will serve as Head of European M&A and be responsible for Armour’s business development in Europe. In addition to business development in North America, Mr. Bhatia will also have responsibility for
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Duet Group expands team with new additions

Duet Group has beefed up its team with several new additions. Joining the London team are Fred Chima as managing director, Diamatho Doumbia as vice president and Kwinten van Nes as associate. Also, the firm has added Julio Roda as an industrial partner. PRESS RELEASE London, United Kingdom, 9 August 2018: Henry Gabay, CIO at Duet Private Equity Limited and CoFounder at Duet Group announced today the addition of 3 investment professionals to its existing team, as well as a one further industrial partner. The continued expansion of the team follows recently completed transactions including the acquisition of a leading West-African beverage manufacturer, AJEAST Nigeria Limited, earlier this month. The London based team are further supported by a team of 11 Industry, Country and Operating Partners allowing the firm to leverage a vast network of sector and local expertise. • Fred Chima, Managing Director, joins Duet from Temasek where he
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VC-backed Clari recruits Willis as CMO

Clari, a provider of AI solutions for sales, has appointed Cornelius Willis as chief marketing officer. Previously, Willis worked at Microsoft. Clari is backed by Tenaya Capital, Thomvest Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital Ventures and Northgate Capital. PRESS RELEASE SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Clari, the leading provider of AI solutions for sales, today announced the appointment of Cornelius Willis as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). With more than 25 years of industry experience, Cornelius joins Clari at a time of record growth and market momentum. As CMO, Cornelius will be responsible for telling the Clari story, creating and executing an integrated marketing strategy and increasing awareness. Cornelius’ experience spans 10 years at Microsoft and a decade spent in the startup trenches as an employee, founder, consultant and angel investor. He has also held leadership positions at BEA, Rackspace and VMware. Most recently,
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Frazier hires EIR and senior associate

Frazier Healthcare Partners has named Dr. Tracy Saxton as an entrepreneur-in-residence and Vanessa Bhark as a senior associate. Saxton is the founder and CEO of Aucupo Biosciences while Bhark previously worked in corporate development at Gilead Sciences. PRESS RELEASE MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Frazier Healthcare Partners announced the addition of two new to its Life Sciences team: Tracy Saxton, Ph.D. as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR), and Vanessa Bhark as a Senior Associate. As an EIR, Dr. Saxton will focus on company creation efforts. She is the founder and CEO of Aucupo Biosciences, a newly formed Frazier search company focused on identifying novel therapeutics for patients with unmet medical need. Prior to joining Frazier, Dr. Saxton held investment positions with Pivotal bioVenture Partners, the Roche Venture Fund (RVF) and SV Life Sciences Advisers (SVLSA), where she focused on the biopharmaceutical sector. Dr. Saxton previously held positions at Tularik (acquired by Amgen)
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Frazier hires EIR and senior associate

Frazier Healthcare Partners has named Dr. Tracy Saxton as an entrepreneur-in-residence and Vanessa Bhark as a senior associate. Saxton is the founder and CEO of Aucupo Biosciences while Bhark previously worked in corporate development at Gilead Sciences. PRESS RELEASE MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Frazier Healthcare Partners announced the addition of two new to its Life Sciences team: Tracy Saxton, Ph.D. as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR), and Vanessa Bhark as a Senior Associate. As an EIR, Dr. Saxton will focus on company creation efforts. She is the founder and CEO of Aucupo Biosciences, a newly formed Frazier search company focused on identifying novel therapeutics for patients with unmet medical need. Prior to joining Frazier, Dr. Saxton held investment positions with Pivotal bioVenture Partners, the Roche Venture Fund (RVF) and SV Life Sciences Advisers (SVLSA), where she focused on the biopharmaceutical sector. Dr. Saxton previously held positions at Tularik (acquired by Amgen)
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Dutch private equity firm CEO joins Mazarine Energy’s board

Marcel Boehkoorn, founder and CEO of Dutch private equity firm Ramphastos Investments, is joining Mazarine Energy’s board of directors. The appointment follows Ramphastos Investments’ acquisition of an equity stake in Mazarine Energy, a subsurface driven oil and gas exploration and production company in The Netherlands. Mazarine’s other backers include Carlyle Group. PRESS RELEASE Rhenen, The Netherlands – Dutch private equity firm Ramphastos Investments today announces the appointment of its founder and CEO, Marcel Boekhoorn, to the Board of Directors of Mazarine Energy following an agreement for the acquisition of an equity stake in the Dutch subsurface driven oil & gas Exploration & Production company by Ramphastos. Mr. Boekhoorn, Founder and CEO of Ramphastos, will become non-executive board member alongside Chairman Marcel van Poecke (Managing Director for Carlyle International Energy Partners), Eric Faillenet (Director for Carlyle International Energy Partners) and Mazarine Energy founder and CEO Edward van Kersbergen.
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Dutch private equity firm CEO joins Mazarine Energy’s board

Marcel Boehkoorn, founder and CEO of Dutch private equity firm Ramphastos Investments, is joining Mazarine Energy’s board of directors. The appointment follows Ramphastos Investments’ acquisition of an equity stake in Mazarine Energy, a subsurface driven oil and gas exploration and production company in The Netherlands. Mazarine’s other backers include Carlyle Group. PRESS RELEASE Rhenen, The Netherlands – Dutch private equity firm Ramphastos Investments today announces the appointment of its founder and CEO, Marcel Boekhoorn, to the Board of Directors of Mazarine Energy following an agreement for the acquisition of an equity stake in the Dutch subsurface driven oil & gas Exploration & Production company by Ramphastos. Mr. Boekhoorn, Founder and CEO of Ramphastos, will become non-executive board member alongside Chairman Marcel van Poecke (Managing Director for Carlyle International Energy Partners), Eric Faillenet (Director for Carlyle International Energy Partners) and Mazarine Energy founder and CEO Edward van Kersbergen.
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PE-backed BTI Studios taps Kirkpatrick as SVP of sales, EMEA

BTI Studios, a portfolio company of Shamrock Capital, has named Mark Kirkpatrick as senior vice president of sales, EMEA. His appointment becomes effective August 13, 2018. Previously, he worked at ITV. BTI Studios provides dubbing, subtitling and access services in any language. PRESS RELEASE BTI Studios has announced the appointment of Mark Kirkpatrick as SVP Sales, EMEA. Effective 13th August, Mark’s remit will be to manage the EMEA sales team and to support clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mark will be based at BTI Studios’ strategic EMEA hub facility in London, which services broadcasters, OTT platforms and content distributors with thousands of minutes of dubbing, subtitling and audio description in multiple languages every month. Mark’s responsibility will be to maintain BTI Studios’ EMEA-based clients, providing access to BTI’s 21 owned and operated global dubbing operations and subtitling studios. Joining BTI Studios after more than 10
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Pivotal bioVenture Partners recruits Preston as managing partner

Pivotal bioVenture Partners, a life sciences venture firm, has appointed Dr. Heather Preston as a managing partner. Previously, Preston worked at TPG Biotech where she was a firm partner and managing director. Pivotal is backed by the Nan Fung Group. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Pivotal bioVenture Partners, today announced the appointment of the accomplished biotechnology venture capital executive, Heather Preston, M.D., as a Managing Partner. Preston joins Managing Partners Rob Hopfner, R.Ph., Ph.D., and Peter Bisgaard, formerly of Bay City Capital and Novo Ventures, respectively, to identify and manage the firm’s investments in biopharmaceutical companies. The Pivotal team also includes Managing Partner Vincent Cheung, Chief Operating Officer of Nan Fung Group, Venture Partners Ash Khanna and Karoly Nikolich and Senior Associate, Jim Trenkle. Dr. Preston is an experienced and successful investor with 30 years of healthcare experience. Before joining
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PE-backed Equidate taps Rodriques as CEO and board chairman

Equidate, a stock market for private tech companies, has named Kelly Rodriques as CEO and chairman of the board. Previously, he was CEO of Pensco. Equidate’s backers include Financial Technology Partners, Panorama Point Partners and Operative Capital. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Equidate, the leading stock market for private companies, today announced that Kelly Rodriques has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. This announcement follows Equidate’s $50 million Series B capital raise last month. The Company’s co-Founders, Sohail Prasad and Samvit Ramadurgam, will be leading the company with Kelly as co-Presidents. Rodriques has more than 26 years of Fintech experience and has been an investor in more than 25 venture-backed firms. He was a founding investor of mFoundry, the leading provider of mobile banking, which was acquired by Fidelity Information Systems in 2013. Most recently, he served as CEO
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Welltower announces several new appointments

Toledo, Ohio-based Welltower, which invests in seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems, has promoted Shankh Mitra to executive vice president and chief investment officer and Tim McHugh to senior vice president, corporate finance. The firm named Tim Lordan as senior vice president and corporate treasurer and Rich Hansen as vice president, asset management. PRESS RELEASE TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) today announced the promotion of Shankh Mitra to Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer from his current position as Senior Vice President, Investments and the promotion of Tim McHugh to Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance from his current position as Vice President, Finance and Investments. Additionally, Tim Lordan has been named Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer, and Rich Hansen takes on expanded responsibilities as Vice President, Asset Management. Additionally, the Company announces a new organization structure in its Corporate
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Paragon Bioservices promotes two

Baltimore-based Paragon Bioservices, a producer of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines, has promoted Deborah Wild to senior vice president, quality, validation and regulatory affairs and Ruby Hofmann to senior vice president, human resources and organizational development. Paragon is backed by NewSpring Capital and Camden Partners. PRESS RELEASE BALTIMORE, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Paragon Bioservices, the leading private equity-backed biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) with proven expertise in gene therapy and next-generation vaccines, announces today two key leadership promotions. Deborah Wild has been promoted from Vice President, Quality, Validation and Regulatory Affairs to Senior Vice President, Quality, Validation and Regulatory Affairs, and Ruby Hofmann has been promoted from Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development to Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development. “As Paragon Bioservices continues its track record of rapid growth, we’re strengthening our leadership ranks with the promotions of Deborah Wild and Ruby Hofmann. These
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Maveron promotes Anarghya Vardhana to partner

Consumer-focused investor Maveron has promoted Anarghya Vardhana to partner. Vardhana was most recently a principal, having joined the firm in 2015, according to her bio on the firm’s website. She has worked for several startups in product management and operations roles, including at the healthcare company Medable. She also was previously at Rothenberg Ventures. For Maveron, she is a board observer at Booster Fuels, Inkbox, Pluto, The Guild and two unannounced companies. Maveron raised about $96 million in April 2017 toward its sixth fund, according to a regulatory filing. Source: Firm announcement

Trinity Hunt promotes one to CFO and another to senior associate

Trinity Hunt Partners has promoted Cheryl Small to chief financial officer and John Oakes to senior associate. Prior to joining the Dallas-based private equity firm, Small was director of internal control and compliance at IESI Corporation while Oakes worked in Credit Suisse‘s investment banking division. PRESS RELEASE Dallas, Texas — August 7, 2018 — Trinity Hunt Partners, a growth-oriented middle market private equity firm, today announced the promotions of Cheryl Small to Chief Financial Officer and John Oakes to Senior Associate. After graduating with a B.B.A. from Baylor University, Small received her certification in public accounting, which she has used in her management of Trinity Hunt’s financial and administrative duties for nearly two decades. Small’s responsibilities include management of finance, accounting, human resources, regulatory compliance, investor relations and information technology. Prior to Trinity Hunt, Small served as Director of Internal Control & Compliance at IESI Corporation. “Cheryl’s dedication
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PE-backed Calero Software taps Pajer as president and CEO

Calero Software LLC, a portfolio company of Riverside Partners, has named Joe Pajer as president and CEO. Previously, he was vice chairman of Calero’s board of directors. Also, he is the former CEO of Thinklogical. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, Calero is a provider of communications and cloud lifecycle management solutions. PRESS RELEASE ATLANTA (PRWEB) AUGUST 07, 2018 Calero Software, a leading global provider of Communications and Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM) software and managed services, including Telecom Expense Management (TEM), Managed Mobility Services (MMS) and Usage Management, announced today that it has named Joe Pajer as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Pajer, who most recently served as Vice Chairman of Calero’s Board of Directors, brings more than 25 years of senior executive experience leading global technology businesses. Chris Jurasek, who successfully led Calero as CEO for the past three years, will continue to serve on the Company’s Board
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BlueMountain appoints Troeller as portfolio manager

BlueMountain Capital Management LLC has named Scott Troeller as a portfolio manager. Previously, Troeller worked at Fir Tree Partners where he was a managing director and focused on private equity investments. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK, AUGUST 6, 2018 – BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC (“BlueMountain”), a private diversified alternative asset management firm, today announced that Scott Troeller has joined the firm as a Portfolio Manager to source, evaluate, and execute infrastructure-related private investments, with an initial focus on energy, environmental, and telecommunications infrastructure in North America. In the newly-created position, Mr. Troeller will report to Andrew Feldstein, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer. While BlueMountain has previously made significant private infrastructure investments, such as in Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider that recently received a strategic investment from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, Mr. Troeller will be BlueMountain’s first senior investment professional to focus exclusively upon infrastructure. “One of our core objectives is
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Foley Hoag recruits Draper as partner and co-chair of debt finance practice

Law firm Foley Hoag LLP has named Thomas Draper as a partner in the business department and co-chair of the debt finance practice. Previously, Draper was a partner in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP where he was head of its debt finance group. PRESS RELEASE BOSTON, August 1, 2018– Noted finance attorney Thomas Draper has joined Foley Hoag LLP as a partner in the Business Department and Co-Chair of the Debt Finance Practice. He is resident in the firm’s Boston office. Draper represents companies and private equity sponsors in a range of acquisition financing transactions, including asset-based credits and large syndicated term loans. He also has extensive experience representing borrowers in a variety of debt transactions, from bank credit facilities to senior and mezzanine notes to high yield bonds. “As one of the top finance lawyers in New England, Tom is a welcome addition to our firm
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