Pritzker Group adds two as senior advisors

Pritzker Group Private Capital has hired Keith Harrison and Jamie Bellanca as senior advisors. Previously, Harris worked at Procter & Gamble where he most recently served as its global product supply officer while Bellanca was vice president of Cleversafe’s advanced technology group. Currently, Bellanca is technology consultant for Baird Capital.

VC-backed Interlude names president and COO

Interlude, a New York-based digital media company that designs, develops and markets interactive video technology, has hired Jim Spare as president and chief operating officer. Spare is the former CEO of Canesta. Interlude’s backers include Sequoia Capital, Intel Capital, NEA, Marker and Innovation Endeavors.

VC-backed SOASTA appoints former Sierra Ventures partner as CSO

SOASTA said Tuesday that it has hired Gamiel Gran as chief strategy officer. The appointment is effective immediately. Previously, Gran worked at Sierra Ventures where he was a partner. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., SOASTA is a provider of cloud and mobile testing solutions. Its backers include Macquarie Capital, ROTH Capital, Canaan Partners, Formative Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners.

Roark Capital’s Wingstop names new CFO

Wingstop Restaurants, a portfolio company of Roark Capital Group, has hired Michael Mravle as chief financial officer. The appointment is effective immediately. Mravle will be replacing Lance Loshelder who has been named the company’s executive vice president of finance. Previously, Mravle worked at Bloomin’ Brands where he most recently served as group vice president of financial planning & analysis and U.S. CFO. Headquartered in Dallas, Wingstop Restaurants is a restaurant franchise.

LAVCA appoints to board

The Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association has added two new board members, Carlos Garcia, co-managing partner and chairman of Victoria Capital Partners and Alfredo Castellanos Heuer, senior managing director of Evercore Mexico Capital Partners. Garcia and Castellanos succeed J. Scott Swensen, co-founder of Conduit Capital Partners, and Arturo Saval, managing director of Nexxus Capital, who completed six-year terms on the LAVCA board.

Dunedin boosts team with new hires

UK mid-market private equity house Dunedin has appointed Lorna Eltringham as investor relations manager and Jessica Hardy has been appointed as an analyst. Dunedin’s David Williams will join Ross Marshall as a senior partner of the firm.


Versant places Mazzo on administrative leave following indictment

Versant Ventures has placed operating partner Jim Mazzo on administrative leave following a federal grand jury indictment for alleged insider trading, a source at Versant confirmed. Both Mazzo and Versant have mutually agreed that Mazzo will suspend his work at the healthcare-focused venture firm until his legal matters are resolved.

PE-backed Izenda taps Walters for board chairman

Business software provider Izenda has appointed Ken Walters as a non-executive chairman of its board of directors. Walters is the former president of Infor‘s financial solutions group. Izenda is backed by Ethos Capital Partners and Hawthorne Capital.

Cherry Tree names new MD

Minnesota-based investment bank Cherry Tree & Associates has hired Paul L. Novak as a managing director. Previously, Novak worked at IronRock Capital where he served as senior vice president in charge of private equity investing.

Cint hires Jahnstedt as CFO

Cint, a Swedish provider of market research solutions provider, has named Hanna Jahnstedt as chief financial officer. Previously, Jahnstedt worked at Goldman Sachs and an unnamed private equity firm in Stockholm.

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