Girls Who Invest appoints ex-North Carolina State Treasurer as new CEO

Girls Who Invest, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership roles in asset management, has named Janet Cowell as CEO. Cowell is the former North Carolina State Treasurer. She is succeeding Kathleen Powers Dunlap who is stepping down. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Girls Who Invest (“GWI”), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry, today announced that Janet Cowell, former North Carolina State Treasurer, has joined as Chief Executive Officer. Cowell takes over from Kathleen Powers Dunlap, who is retiring from the position. “I am excited to welcome Janet to her new position as Chief Executive of Girls Who Invest. Janet is a highly accomplished industry professional, and she will propel our organization and its mission to the next level of growth,” said Seema R. Hingorani, Founder
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VC-backed Pendo recruits Binch as chief revenue officer

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Pendo, a creator of a product experience platform, has named Bill Binch as its first chief revenue officer. Binch is a former global sales executive at Marketo. Pendo is backed by Battery Ventures, Spark Capital and Meritech Capital. PRESS RELEASE RALEIGH, N.C. (PRWEB) JANUARY 10, 2018
Pendo.io, creator of the leading SaaS-based Product Experience Platform, today announced former Marketo global sales executive Bill Binch as its first chief revenue officer. Binch is Pendo’s ninth executive hire in the last 12 months, rounding out a leadership team poised to repeat exponential sales and customer growth in 2018. Binch is a key hire as Pendo expands into new market segments and geographies. In his role as chief revenue officer, Binch will oversee all revenue-bearing aspects of the business, including direct sales, customer success and professional services organizations. After developing sales leadership experience at Oracle, PeopleSoft and
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AmeriLife appoints Quinn as CFO

AmeriLife, a provider of annuity, life and health insurance solutions, has hired James Quinn as chief financial officer. Previously, Quinn worked at Marsh & McLennan Agency where he was senior vice president of corporate development. His work background includes stints at Goldman Sachs and Olympus Partners. PRESS RELEASE CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AmeriLife has appointed James “Jim” Quinn as its Chief Financial Officer to oversee its accounting, finance, tax and acquisition functions. Prior to joining AmeriLife, Quinn served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Marsh & McLennan Agency, the middle market platform of Marsh. While at MMA, he managed a team of corporate development professionals responsible for the organization’s acquisition activities, completing a number of acquisitions ranging in size from $1 million to $130 million. Quinn graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in economics and a MBA from Stanford University. He has
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Equistone taps Baker as investment manager for London office

Equistone Partners Europe has appointed Edward Baker as an investment manager for its London office. Previously, Baker worked at MML Capital Partners. PRESS RELEASE London, 10 January 2018: Equistone Partners Europe (“Equistone”), one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors, today announces the appointment of Edward Baker as an Investment Manager in its London office, where he begins his role with immediate effect. Edward joins Equistone from lower-mid-market private equity firm MML Capital Partners, where he worked in its London office for four years. During his time at the firm, Edward was responsible for originating and executing both controlling and non-controlling investments into private UK businesses across a diverse range of sectors, as well as for portfolio management. Prior to this, Edward spent six years at KPMG, latterly as a Manager in the company’s Transaction Services division, where he was a founding member of KPMG’s London-based lower-mid-market private equity team.
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FC Crestone hires new partner for team

FC Crestone has named Michael J. Houy as a partner and member of its investment committee. Previously, Houy worked at KPS Capital Partners where he was an investment professional. PRESS RELEASE January 10, 2018 (Denver, CO) – FC Crestone, LLC (“FCC”), a Denver-based private investment firm, is pleased to announce that Michael J. Houy has joined the firm as a Partner and Investment Committee member. Michael’s responsibilities will include sourcing, analyzing, structuring, and managing portfolio investments for the firm. Michael joins FCC with over 10 years of direct investing experience. Prior to joining FCC, Michael was an investment professional at KPS Capital Partners, LP. At KPS, Michael’s responsibilities included identifying, evaluating, and executing control investments. Michael began his career at JPMorgan Securities, Inc. Michael graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.B.A. in Finance. “We are very excited to welcome Michael to this next chapter of FC
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Abacus Finance announces promotions

Abacus Finance Group said Jan. 10 to promoted Aized Rabbani to managing director, Timothy Wong to senior vice president and Jonathan Choa to senior associate. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK, NY, January 10, 2018 – Abacus Finance Group, LLC, a leading direct lending company based in New York that provides cash-flow senior financing for private equity-sponsored, lower-middle market companies, is pleased to announce the following promotions:
• Aized Rabbani from Director to Managing Director
• Timothy Wong from Senior Vice President to Director
• Jonathan Choa from Senior Associate to Vice President
“These three partners are key members of the Abacus team and have helped us complete over 60 investments since our launch in 2011, putting us past the $1.7 billion mark in total financings,” said Tim Clifford, Co-Founder and CEO of Abacus. “When we set out to build a sponsor-focused leveraged lending business for the lower-middle market, we knew the
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Wilmerding named partner at Pantheon

Pantheon said Jan. 10 that it promoted Alex Wilmerding to partner. The firm said 31 other professionals were also promoted including Mark Etchin, Cullen Wilson, Calvert Bauer, Jack Farr, Welwin Lobo and Ali Sangari. PRESS RELEASE Pantheon announces 2017 promotions: Alex Wilmerding promoted to Partner Two senior new appointments announced: David West and Tom Clarkson We are delighted to promote professionals across Pantheon and announce that Alex Wilmerding has been promoted to Partner. Alex joined Pantheon nine years ago and has demonstrated considerable commitment to both the investment and business development areas of our business. Based in Hong Kong, Alex is a member of the Asia investment team and has responsibility for client relationships in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding South Korea. Promotions are effective January 1st, 2018. Thirty-one professionals across the firm’s teams and offices have been promoted, including Mark Etchin, Cullen Wilson, Calvert Bauer, Jack
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VC-backed Cloudvirga appoints McEvoy as chief customer officer

Cloudvirga, a developer of intelligent mortgage point-of-sale platforms, has named Sean McEvoy as chief customer officer. His work background includes roles at IBM, Quest Software (acquired by Dell in 2012) and FileNET. Cloudvirga’s backers include Dallas Capital, Upfront Ventures and Tribeca Angels. PRESS RELEASE IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cloudvirga™, developer of intelligent mortgage point-of-sale (POS) platforms, has appointed Sean McEvoy as its chief customer officer. As a member of the senior leadership team, McEvoy will be responsible for the firm’s customer leadership, implementation and support functions. He has an extensive background in building world-class customer success organizations at FileNET, IBM, Quest and Dell. He will report to Cloudvirga CEO Michael Schreck. McEvoy joins on the heels of Cloudvirga’s recent addition of five top-30 lender customers to its digital mortgage platform. He brings a global skill set and a track record of success from roles that
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Monument Group promotes three to partner

Monument Group, a private fund placement agent, has promoted Karl Adam, Molly Diggins and Patrick MacCurtain to partner. Adam joined the firm in 2015, Diggins came on board in 2011 and MacCurtain joined in 2006. PRESS RELEASE BOSTON, January 09, 2018 — Monument Group, a leading independent global private fund placement agent, announced today the promotion of Karl Adam, Molly Diggins and Patrick MacCurtain to Partners of the firm. “We are pleased to recognize Karl, Molly and Patrick for all of their contributions to Monument Group,” said Alicia Cooney, co-founder of Monument Group. “They each bring value to our firm in very different capacities, but all have demonstrated the type of expertise and commitment that make us proud to welcome them to the partnership.” Karl Adam joined Monument Group in our London office in 2015, quickly helping to boost the firm’s presence in Europe. He is responsible for
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NRD-backed Ruby Tuesday appoints Blanchette as CEO

Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday Inc, which is owned by NRD Capital, has named Ray Blanchette as CEO. Previously, Blanchette worked at Au Bon Pain where he served as president and CEO. PRESS RELEASE Maryville, TN and Atlanta, GA – January 9, 2018 – Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (the “Company”), and NRD Capital (“NRD” or the “Firm”), an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in franchised and multi-unit business investments, announced today that Ray Blanchette, a seasoned restaurant executive and turnaround expert with over 25 years of industry experience, has been named as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), effective January 8, 2018. Mr. Blanchette is the permanent successor to the Company’s former CEO and President, Jim Hyatt, and succeeds NRD’s Founder and Managing Partner Aziz Hashim, who had served in the role of interim CEO since the Firm acquired Ruby Tuesday in a go-private transaction on December 21, 2017.
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Dietrich rejoins FIRSTavenue

Placement agent and investment adviser FIRSTavenue has named Derek Dietrich as a partner. He will be based in the firm’s New York office. Dietrich previously worked at the firm from 2011 to 2014 as a partner prior to starting his own placement business Bridge Haven. He is also a former managing director at Fortress Investment Group. PRESS RELEASE LONDON / NEW YORK – FIRSTavenue, a leading global private funds placement agent and investment advisory firm, is pleased to announce that Derek Dietrich has rejoined the team as Partner and will be based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Dietrich will be the Head of Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada coverage working alongside Collis Klarberg, Director, focusing on distribution across all asset classes.
Mr. Dietrich was a Partner at FIRSTavenue from 2011 to 2014 before starting Bridge Haven, his own placement business. He has 16 years’ experience working in
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Wind Point appoints Gilbert as chief talent officer

Wind Point Partners has hired Trish Gilbert as chief talent officer. Previously, she worked at The Edgewater Funds where she was vice president of human capital. PRESS RELEASE Chicago, IL, January 9, 2018 – Wind Point Partners (Wind Point), a leading Chicago-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Trish Gilbert as Chief Talent Officer. In her role, Trish will work closely with Wind Point’s senior partners to identify, assess, and cultivate relationships with top-caliber CEO, board director, and executive candidates, a key element of the firm’s investment strategy. The CTO role represents a new position for the firm that builds upon an area of longtime focus and importance. For over twenty years, Wind Point has successfully executed an investment strategy that seeks to partner with experienced, senior executives to acquire middle market companies. These executives play a key role, from an early stage, in all aspects
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Growth Catalyst taps Dawson as VP

Growth Catalyst Partners has named Connor Dawson as vice president. His work background includes stints at UBS Investment Bank and Wind Point Partners. PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO, IL (January 9, 2018) – Growth Catalyst Partners, LLC (“GCP”) announced today the addition of Connor Dawson as Vice President. Connor joins GCP after five years of banking and private equity experience with UBS Investment Bank and Wind Point Partners. Most recently Connor spent two years as an entrepreneur, co-founding Rhabit, an online sports coaching and instruction company, featuring over 75 of the most successful tour players and coaches in tennis. Connor will be based in the Chicago, IL office of GCP. GCP’s founders are Jim TenBroek, former Managing Director at Wind Point Partners, and Scott Peters, former Co-President of JEGI. The firm targets buyout investments in the business services, marketing and information sectors. GCP has completed two platform investments since its founding, including
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PE-backed AIC hires chief strategy officer

Angel Island Capital, an alternative investment adviser and credit manager, has appointed Lynette Vanderwarker as chief strategy officer. Previously, she worked at KKR where she led the credit strategies group as a managing director. AIC is a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Angel Island Capital (“AIC”), a San Francisco-based alternative investment advisor and credit manager, today announced the appointment of Lynette Vanderwarker as Chief Strategy Officer. Ms. Vanderwarker joins AIC with nearly 20 years of experience at leading asset management firms and a strong track record of building investment management businesses. AIC was formed in 2008 as a specialty finance portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital (“GGC”), a leading private equity firm with over $15 billion of committed capital under management. Angel Island Capital Management (“AICM”), the investment advisory arm of AIC, is a multi-strategy credit manager with approximately $3 billion in investable assets
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Harvest Partners recruits MacColl as partner

Harvest Partners LP has named Campbell MacColl as a partner to focus on business development and investor relations. Previously, he worked at Credit Suisse where he was most recently a managing director. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Harvest Partners, LP (“Harvest” or “the Firm”) is pleased to announce that Campbell MacColl has joined the Firm as a partner to focus on business development and investor relations. He joins from Credit Suisse where he worked for 10 years in the Private Fund Group, most recently as a Managing Director. Earlier in his career, Campbell worked at SG Cowen and later Cowen & Company and is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Of Campbell’s joining, Thomas Arenz, partner of Harvest, said, “We have known and worked with Campbell for over a decade and are very excited to have him join the team. Campbell brings both a depth
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GMB Mezzanine Capital promotes Stevens to principal

GMB Mezzanine Capital has promoted Judd Stevens to principal. Stevens first joined the firm in 2013. Prior to joining GMB, he worked at TripleTree Investment Bank. PRESS RELEASE MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GMB Mezzanine Capital is pleased to announce the promotion of Judd Stevens to Principal. Judd joined GMB Mezzanine Capital in 2013 and is focused on business development, transaction underwriting and portfolio management. Prior to joining, Judd was at TripleTree Investment Bank, where he focused on transaction execution, business development, and primary research within the healthcare sector. Judd also spent time in corporate finance with Honeywell International. Judd graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a concentration in Finance. “Judd is a very valued team member at GMB and we are excited to see him continue to grow in his new position,” said Dan Hemiadan, Partner at GMB. About GMB Mezzanine Capital
GMB Mezzanine Capital provides mezzanine debt
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KKR launches Blue Sprig Pediatrics

KKR said Jan. 9 that it has created Blue Sprig Pediatrics Inc, a platform of clinics that offer applied behavior analysis for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Keith Jones, the former COO of PSA Healthcare, will serve as CEO of Blue Sprig. PRESS RELEASE Houston, TX — January 9, 2018 – KKR today announced the creation of Blue Sprig Pediatrics, Inc. (“Blue Sprig” or the “Company”), a platform of clinics providing Applied Behavior Analysis (“ABA”) for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (“ASD”). The Company intends to open new clinics and partner with existing providers to fulfill the unmet need for compassionate and high-quality interventions for ASD patients nationwide. Keith Jones, a proven leader in the pediatric health care services continuum, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of Blue Sprig. Most recently, Mr. Jones served as Chief Operating Officer at PSA Healthcare (“PSA”), a pediatric home nursing
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Harvest Partners announces promotions

Harvest Partners LP has named five new partners effective Jan. 8. They include Stephen Carlson, Paige Daly, Uzair Dossani, Nick Romano and Marc Unger. PRESS RELEASE Harvest Partners, LP (“Harvest” or “the Firm”) is pleased to announce it has named five new partners effective January 8, 2018.    The new partners were formerly Managing Directors and include Stephen Carlson, Paige Daly, Uzair Dossani, Nick Romano and Marc Unger.
Mr. Carlson joined Harvest in 2010 and has focused on investments in the business services and industrial distribution sectors.  He serves on the boards of FCX Performance Inc., Material Handling Services LLC, and VetCor.  He previously served on the boards of DTI, Packers Holdings and TruckPro.
Ms. Daly joined Harvest in 2010 and has focused on investments in the healthcare services industry.   She serves on the boards of Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, Dental Care
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Duke, Murphy to co-lead Harvest Partners’ structured capital business

Harvest Partners LP said Jan. 9 that Steven Duke and Sean Murphy were named partners of its structured capital business. They will co-lead the strategy, Harvest said. Duke and Murphy were formerly managing directors. PRESS RELEASE
Harvest Partners, LP (“Harvest” or “the Firm”) is pleased to announce it has named two new partners in its structured capital business effective January 8, 2018.    The new partners – Steven Duke and Sean Murphy – co-lead the strategy and were formerly Managing Directors. Structured capital is Harvest’s non- control senior equity product.
Mr. Duke joined Harvest in 2014 and serves on the board of LAZ Parking.
Mr. Murphy joined Harvest in 2016 and serves on the boards of GPM Investments, Roland Foods and OTG Management.
Of the new appointments, Thomas Arenz, partner of Harvest Partners, said, “We are pleased to recognize Steve and Sean and welcome them as our partners.   Their
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PE-backed American Hometown Publishing appoints chief strategy officer

American Hometown Publishing Inc, a media company, has hired David Arkin as its chief strategy officer. Arkin will begin at AHP in February. Previously, Arkin worked at Local Media Association where he served as chief content officer. AHP is backed by West End Holdings LLC. PRESS RELEASE NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fast-growing local media company American Hometown Publishing Inc. announced today it has hired content and product specialist David Arkin as its Chief Strategy Officer. In the role, Arkin will be responsible for new product development positioned for attractive markets, audience growth strategies and he will help identify future acquisitions. AHP owns newspaper properties in five states and has completed two acquisitions and a merger in the past 100 days. Most recently, Arkin served as Chief Content Officer for the Local Media Association, a leading newspaper industry trade group focused on product innovation and the development
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