PE-backed Orchid Underwriters names chief information officer

Orchid Underwriters Insurance Agency LLC, a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, has appointed Chuck Fillizola as chief information officer. Previously, he worked at Sompo Japan Nipponkoa America Insurance where he served as vice president and chief information officer. Based in Vero Beach, Florida, Orchid is a specialty underwriter of property insurance focusing on coastal properties.

HP SCF adds three to team

Private investment advisor Harvest Partners SCF LP has expanded its staff with three hires. The firm has named Steve Duke as a principal; Caldwell ZImmerman as an associate; and April Blackmon Meyer as a marketing associate. Previously, Duke worked at CCMP Capital Partners where he served as a principal. Also, Zimmerman was an associate at Arsenal Capital Partners while Meyer most recently worked at JAT Capital Management.

Synta promotes ex-VC vet Schor to CEO and president

Lexington, Massachusetts-based Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing cancer medicines, has promoted Chen Schor from executive vice president and chief operating officer to president, CEO and director of the company. The change becomes effective May 7, 2015. Schor will be replacing Anne Whitaker who is leaving to pursue an opportunity at an unnamed pharmaceutical company. Schor is a former partner at at Yozma Venture Capital.

Hague, ex-Centerplate CEO, launches Aegis

Des Hague, Centerplate’s former CEO and president, has launched Aegis LLC, which will make investments in startups and other business opportunities. Hague resigned last year from Centerplate after a videotape showed him kicking a dog in his care. Centerplate is a portfolio company of Olympus Partners.


Steve Cohen’s family office, Point72, hires Michael Zea

Steve Cohen’s family office, Point72 Asset Management, has hired Michael Zea as chief of strategy. Zea will lead Point72’s exploration of new investment areas for deploying the family office’s surplus capital. Prior to Point72, Zea worked as executive vice president at Aimia Inc, a data-driven marketing analytics company. Prior to Aimia, he was a partner at McKinsey & Co.


ORIX USA hires Prospect Capital exec on leveraged finance team

ORIX USA has hired Ben Harris as a director focused on business development on the leveraged finance team. Prior to ORIX USA, Harris worked at Prospect Capital and before that, worked in the sponsor finance unit of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Arcapita’s private equity group.


Blue Point Capital hires Red Ventures exec as principal

Blue Point Capital Partners has hired Brian Castleberry as a principal in the Charlotte office. He was most recently a vice president at Red Ventures. He previously worked as a vice president at Blue Point. The firm also promoted Jeff Robich and Ben Newman to vice president roles.

Infinio names Skelley VP of global channel

Infinio said Wednesday that Bob Skelley was named VP of global channel and will manage all channel and partner relationships for Infinio globally. Skelley previously served as Dell’s executive director of North American channel sales. Infinio investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, Highland Capital Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Osage University Partners.

VC-backed Intellia Therapeutics appoints chief financial and strategy officer

Intellia Therapeutics, a developer of therapeutic products for gene editing and repair, has named Dr. Sapna Srivastava as chief financial and strategy officer. She is a former senior analyst and biotechnology group team leader at Goldman Sachs. Intellia Therapeutics is backed by Atlas Venture and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.

Cross named CFO of Abila

Abila, a portfolio company of Accel-KKR, said Tuesday that Jeff Cross was named CFO. Most recently, Cross served in a consulting role with DigitalGlobe.

Cai joins TA Associates

TA Associates said late Tuesday that Daisy Cai has joined the Hong Kong office of TA Associates Asia Pacific Ltd. as Director, China. Cai joined TA Associates from Goldman Sachs Investment Partners in Hong Kong.

DunedIn promotes Bevan to partner, adds two analysts

DunedIn has haired two analysts, Sophie Chambers and Katie Chung, who will both focus on identifying and assessing new investment opportunities. The U.K. mid-market private equity firm also said that it promoted Oliver Bevan to partner and Karan Darroch to finance and operations manager. Chambers was previously an associate at Ennismore Capital while Chung was at PwC where she was a senior associate in the corporate finance team.


Hays joins Levine Leichtman

Robert Hays has joined Levine Leichtman Capital Partners as an MD and co-head of investor relations. Most recently, Hays was Director of Investor Relations at H.I.G. Capital for five years.

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