PE-backed Western Industries Plastic Products appoints CEO


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Western Industries Plastic Products LLC, which is backed by Littlejohn Capital, has named Richard Haueter as CEO. Haueter is a former CEO of DeltaTech Controls and ex-senior operations executive at Armacell LLC. Winfield, Kansas-based Western is a manufacturer of large blow-molded products.

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WINFIELD, KS, May 10, 2019 – Western Industries Plastic Products LLC (“Western”), a niche technical manufacturer of large blow-molded products, announced today the appointment of Richard Haueter as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Haueter previously served with DeltaTech Controls for seven years in increasingly senior leadership positions in the U.S. and internationally and was named CEO in 2012. Since 2018, he was Senior Operations Executive for private equity-backed Armacell, LLC, manufacturer of a variety of foam products used in multiple industry applications. He also worked for six years with ITT Cannon.

Mr. Haueter is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West

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FTV Capital recruits Mason as partner


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FTV Capital has named Alex Mason as a partner. Previously, Mason was managing director at Carrick Capital Partners.

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San Francisco, CA and New York, NY – May 9, 2019 — FTV Capital, a sector-focused growth equity investor, today announced that Alex Mason will join the firm as partner. Mr. Mason will focus on enterprise technology and technology-enabled services investments from the firm’s San Francisco office.

Mr. Mason joins FTV Capital from Carrick Capital Partners, where he had a successful track record investing in high growth enterprise technology, financial services and health care companies. As a managing director at Carrick Capital Partners, Mr. Mason led thesis development, deal sourcing, execution, monitoring and value creation as a board member, and exit planning for numerous Carrick portfolio companies.

Prior to Carrick, Mr. Mason was a vice president at Accel-KKR (AKKR), where he focused on control investing in middle-market enterprise software and

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Wilshire Phoenix taps Milkove as partner


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Wilshire Phoenix has named Harlan Milkove as a partner. Milkove is a co-founder of Reonomy.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wilshire Phoenix, a leading provider of investment management services for both traditional and emerging asset classes, announces that Harlan Milkove has joined the firm’s executive leadership team as a Partner. Mr. Milkove brings a breadth of early-stage startup experience to Wilshire Phoenix having previously co-founded two venture-backed companies where he led teams as a chief technology officer and product manager.

Additionally, Harlan also founded Foundational, a New York-based research firm that helps emerging companies refine their fundraising strategy.

The announcement follows recent additions to the Wilshire Phoenix leadership team including Mason Stark (Partner, Head of the Alternative Investments Division), Alexander Chang (Partner), Garrette Furo (Partner), and William Cai (Partner).

“We are so delighted that Harlan is joining Wilshire Phoenix. He is an accomplished executive with a rare combined experience and expertise

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Gallant Capital hires ex-Presto executive Jamie Kim as head of business development


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Gallant Capital hired Jamie Kim as head of business development. Kim joined Gallant from Presto, where she was vice president of corporate development and strategy. Prior to Presto, she worked on the business development team at Platinum Equity.

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Gallant Capital (“Gallant”) is pleased to announce that Jamie Kim has joined the firm as Head of Business Development. Jamie is responsible for sourcing and assessing investment opportunities, managing relationships with transaction advisors and leading the firm’s marketing strategy.

“Jamie is an outstanding addition to the Gallant team,” said Gallant Partners Jon Gimbel, Anthony Guagliano, and Desmond Nugent. “Jamie’s extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, investment bankers and corporate executives make her uniquely positioned to source creative and unique opportunities that fit Gallant’s growth-oriented investment strategy.”

Jamie has over 15 years of experience in various senior finance, commercial and business development roles. Most recently, she was the Vice President

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Gallant taps Kim as business development head


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Gallant Capital has named Jamie Kim as head of business development. Previously, she worked at Presto where she was the vice president of corporate development and strategy.

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LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Gallant Capital (“Gallant”) is pleased to announce that Jamie Kim has joined the firm as Head of Business Development. Jamie is responsible for sourcing and assessing investment opportunities, managing relationships with transaction advisors and leading the firm’s marketing strategy.

“Jamie is an outstanding addition to the Gallant team,” said Gallant Partners Jon Gimbel, Anthony Guagliano, and Desmond Nugent. “Jamie’s extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, investment bankers and corporate executives make her uniquely positioned to source creative and unique opportunities that fit Gallant’s growth-oriented investment strategy.”

Jamie has over 15 years of experience in various senior finance, commercial and business development roles. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy

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HarbourVest recruits Royer as MD


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HarbourVest Partners has named Bill Royer as a managing director. Also, Royer will become chief compliance officer in early June. Prior to joining HarbourVest, Royer was CCO at Vanguard Global Advisors.

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BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HarbourVest Partners, a global private markets asset manager, today announced that Bill Royer has joined the firm as a managing director and will become Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) in early June. Based in Boston, Mr. Royer will lead the continued evolution of the Firm’s global regulatory compliance program and serve as an adviser to the Portfolio Construction Committee and the Conflicts Committee.

“As HarbourVest has grown in size and expanded into new asset classes over the last few years, we continue to place great value on staying abreast of regulatory changes in the global private markets,” said John Toomey, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners. “We have continued to add to our already robust Legal and Compliance team

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Harrison, Galassini join Merida Capital Partners


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Merida Capital Partners said May 8 that Tom Harrison and Pamela Galassini joined as operating partners. Harrison was previously the president, chairman and CEO of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. Galassini is a former Medco Health Solutions executive.

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Merida Capital Adds Former Omnicom Group and
Medco Health Solutions Executives to Operating Team
New York — Merida Capital Partners (Merida), a private equity firm focused on high-conviction investments in the cannabis ecosystem, announced it added former Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) executive Tom Harrison and former Medco Health Solutions, Inc. executive Pamela Galassini as senior operating partners.
Both executives bring extensive corporate experience to Merida and will focus on supporting the firm and its portfolio companies in the healthcare, media and data sectors. Initially, Harrison will join the board of directors of MediaJel, a global creative and multimedia agency while Galassini will join Manna

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Cannabis PE firm Merida hires two senior operating partners


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New York City-based Merida Capital Partners, a cannabis-focused private equity firm, has named Tom Harrison and Pamela Galassini as senior operating partners. Harrison is a former Omnicom Group Inc executive while Galassini is an ex-Medco Health Solutions Inc executive.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merida Capital Partners (Merida), a private equity firm focused on high-conviction investments in the cannabis ecosystem, announced it added former Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) executive Tom Harrison and former Medco Health Solutions, Inc. executive Pamela Galassini as senior operating partners.

Both executives bring extensive corporate experience to Merida and will focus on supporting the firm and its portfolio companies in the healthcare, media and data sectors. Initially, Harrison will join the board of directors of MediaJel, a global creative and multimedia agency while Galassini will join Manna Molecular, a cannabis biotech and product innovation firm, in an operations executive role. In the coming months, both senior

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher adds two to PE platform


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Law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has added Gavin Gordon and David Arnold to its private equity platform. Previously, they were partners at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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New York, NY (May 8, 2019) — Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that Private Equity partners Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are joining the firm in the London office. They were previously partners at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Gordon and Mr. Arnold have worked on some of the most notable private equity deals in the UK and Europe.

“Gavin and David, two well-established leaders in the market, are a terrific addition to our premier private equity platform, and to our London office,” said Willkie Chairman Steven Gartner. “They join Claire McDaid, widely regarded as being one of the top private equity practitioners in the market, and a team that has added tremendous value to our clients and

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Evercore ISI taps Palmer as a senior managing director


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David Palmer has joined Evercore ISI as a senior managing director covering food producers and restaurants. Previously, he worked at RBC Capital Markets.

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NEW YORK, May 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ –Evercore (NYSE: EVR) announced today that David Palmer has joined Evercore ISI as a Senior Managing Director covering Food Producers and Restaurants.

Mr. Palmer has covered Food Producers and Restaurants for over 18 years, most recently for six years at RBC Capital Markets and previously for 12 years at UBS. He has been recognized by Institutional Investor for his coverage of Restaurants every year since 2015 and Food Producers since 2017.

Mike Paliotta, Chief Executive Officer of Evercore ISI, said, “Following the path forged by Ed Hyman, we have long demonstrated an unfaltering commitment to hiring, developing and retaining top research talent to serve our clients. Bringing Dave into our organization illustrates our ongoing commitment to best-in-class content and

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Maine Pointe appoints Loder as VP, industry partner for PE


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Maine Pointe, a supply chain and operations consulting firm, has named Jamie Loder as vice president, industry partner for private equity. Loder will be based in the firm’s London office.

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Global supply chain and operations consulting firm Maine Pointe announced that Jamie Loder has joined the firm as Vice President, Industry Partner for Private Equity, based in the company’s London office.

As an experienced Chartered Accountant and company director, Loder has led management buy-outs, and has successfully exited businesses he founded. His 16-year track record of helping CEOs overcome complex business problems will help in Maine Pointe’s goal of driving value creation in the portfolio companies of UK and European private equity firms.

“Jamie will be essential in continuing the expansion of our European business,” said David Jadwin, EVP, Business Development at Maine Pointe. “His relationships with leading private equity firms, and

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VC-backed BitPay appoints Braganza as CFO


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BitPay, a global blockchain payments provider, has named Glen Braganza as chief financial officer. Previously, he was CFO at Worldpay US. BitPay’s investors included Founders Fund, Index Ventures and Aquiline Technology Growth.

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ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BitPay, the largest global blockchain payments provider, today announced it has hired Glen Braganza as its Chief Financial Officer to help support the business through its next phase as the company grows into a global financial organization. Glen has over 15 years experience in private equity and public markets with a strong emphasis on payment processing and helping high-growth companies create shareholder value.

“Over the past few years, BitPay has seen record growth as businesses realize the potential blockchain payments deliver globally,” said Stephen Pair, CEO and co-founder of BitPay. “Glen’s experience is a key advantage to BitPay as the team moves the company into the mainstream to help businesses leverage blockchain for fast

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Z Capital recruits Hirschbein as MD


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Z Capital has named Erik Hirschbein as managing director, finance. Previously, he worked at BlackRock.

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NEW YORK, May 7, 2019 – Z Capital Group, L.L.C. (“Z Capital”), a leading alternative asset manager of value-oriented private equity and credit funds, today announced the appointment of Erik Hirschbein as Managing Director – Finance. Mr. Hirschbein is based in Z Capital’s New York office and is responsible for all aspects of accounting and financial reporting for the firm and its managed funds.

Prior to joining Z Capital, Mr. Hirschbein served as Vice President of the Global Fund Services – Americas Fund Administration at BlackRock Inc.’s (“BlackRock”) Alternative Investors, supporting the Private Equity Partners group. During his tenure with BlackRock, Mr. Hirschbein managed the private equity accounting department with responsibility for the fund administration oversight of the private equity group. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Hirschbein spent six years

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Grain promotes four and hires one


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Grain Management, a private equity firm focused on the global communications sectors, has made a number of promotions and a hire. Raghav Nayar and Nikola Trkulja, who have been promoted to principal; Paul Licursi is now a chief operating officer; and Jeannie Jones has been upped to chief financial officer. Also, the firm has hired Jenny Zhang as vice president.

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WASHINGTON, May 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Grain Management (“Grain”), a leading private equity firm focused on investments in the global communications sector, today announced several key promotions and appointments following the successful completion of Grain Communications Opportunity Fund II, L.P. which closed last month with $899 million in commitments.

“Our firm’s most valued assets are our team members,” said Founder and CEO David Grain, “They continue to raise the bar, contributing to the success of our investments and to the alignment of Grain’s culture and

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VC-backed Bugcrowd taps O’Connor as CFO


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San Francisco-based Bugcrowd, a crowdsourced security company, has appointed Mark O’Connor as chief financial officer. Previously, O’Connor was chief financial officer of Appirio. Also, Bugcrowd has added Greg Sands, founder and managing partner at Costanoa Ventures, to its board of directors. Bugcrowd is backed by Blackbird Ventures, Costanoa Ventures, Industry Ventures, Paladin Capital Group, Rally Ventures, Salesforce Ventures and Triangle Peak Partners.

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Bugcrowd, the #1 crowdsourced security company, today announced the appointment of Mark O’Connor as chief financial officer. The news comes as the company celebrates another record quarter, significant market adoption for its Next Gen Pen Test offering, and the expansion of its active crowd of security researchers. Bugcrowd also welcomed Greg Sands, founder and managing partner, Costanoa Ventures, to its board of directors.
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PE-backed Think Project! recruits Burton as CEO


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Munich-based Think Project! a cloud-based common data environment provider for construction and engineering, has named Gareth Burton as CEO. Burton is the former CIO of Laing O’Rourke. Think Project! is a portfolio company of TA Associates.

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Munich – 7 May, 2019 – think project!, a leading cloud-based Common Data Environment (CDE) provider for construction and engineering, today announced the appointment of Gareth Burton as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Formerly the CIO of UK contractor Laing O’Rourke and, since January 2018, a Non-Executive Director and member of the board of directors at think project!, Mr. Burton will assume responsibility for leading the strategic direction of Europe’s largest Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) construction software company.

Thomas Bachmaier, who has served as CEO since co-founding think project! in 2000 and has grown the company to more than 300 employees, will remain a shareholder and actively involved in the business as a

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Carlyle promotes Ruulke Bagijn to lead its Solutions platform


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Carlyle Group promoted Ruulke Bagijn, co-head of AlpInvest Partners’s primary funds investment team, to lead the firm’s investment solutions platform. Bagijn formerly managed a 40 million euros portfolio of alternative investments at Dutch pension manger PGGM. Carlyle’s solutions group includes AlpInvest and Metropolitan, which focuses on real estate investments. Bagijn succeeds Lauren Dillard, who will move to another organization. Erica Herberg, chief financial officer at Carlyle’s global credit segment, will become CFO for the solutions group. Herberg will take over for Paul de Klerk, CFO and COO of AlpInvest, who will move to a senior adviser role and remain on the AlpInvest board as a non-executive member.

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Global investment firm The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that effective immediately, Ruulke Bagijn has been promoted to Head of Investment Solutions, one of Carlyle’s four reporting business segments, which builds private equity and real

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Blackstone launches impact investing platform to be led by ex-Goldman Sachs executive


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Blackstone launched an impact investing platform that will target health and wellbeing, financial access, sustainable communities and green technology. The platform will be led by Tanya Barnes, former managing director in Goldman Sachs’ merchant banking division. The impact platform will sit within Blackstone’s secondaries group, Strategic Partners.

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Blackstone (NYSE:BX) today announced the launch of a new impact investing platform that will be part of the firm’s Strategic Partners group. The platform will seek to deliver positive financial impact while addressing four specific investment themes— Health & Wellbeing, Financial Access, Sustainable Communities and Green Technologies.

Tanya Barnes, former Managing Director in Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division, has joined Blackstone as a Managing Director to lead this initiative. The platform will make investments in mission-oriented businesses and managers, unlocking new opportunities for investors.

It will leverage Strategic Partners’ scale and expertise across private equity, real estate and infrastructure by

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Meketa expands employee ownership team


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Meketa, an investment consulting and advisory firm, has expanded its employee ownership team to 13 new shareholders. Among them are Lisa Bacon, Sarah Bernstein, Colin Bebee, Gustavo Bikkesbakker, Brandon Colón, Aaron Lally and Ryan Lobdell.

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BOSTON, May 6, 2019 – Meketa Investment Group (Meketa), a global investment consulting and advisory firm, is pleased to announce it has expanded its employee ownership to include 13 new shareholders. Lisa Bacon, Sarah Bernstein, Colin Bebee, Gustavo Bikkesbakker, Brandon Colón, Aaron Lally, Ryan Lobdell, Rita McCusker, Paola Nealon, Ethan Samson, David Sancewich, Brad Walker and Eric White, have joined the firm’s ownership group. Allan Emkin, Kay Ceserani, Judy Chambers, Tad Fergusson, Christy Fields and Neil Rue, who joined Meketa earlier this year as part of the firm’s combination with Pension Consulting Alliance (PCA), were also named as shareholders in conjunction with the formal completion of the merger in March. Today’s announcement

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PE-backed Genesys names Bates as CEO


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Genesys, a provider of omnichannel customer experience and contact center solutions, has appointed Tony Bates as CEO. His appointment becomes effective immediately. Bates is the former CEO of Skype. Genesys is backed by Hellman & Friedman and Permira Funds.

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Genesys® (www.genesys.com), the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact center solutions, today announced Tony Bates as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Bates succeeds Paul Segre, who will continue with Genesys as chairman of the company.

“In my 12 years as CEO, I’ve had the privilege of working with the best team in the industry. We have repeatedly disrupted the market, most recently with our cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) innovations, and ended 2018 with $1.5 billion in revenue – our best year yet,” Segre said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to step into

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