On the move


Baceline Investments has hired Marty Turco as director of business development. Turco is a former NHL player who served as a goaltender at a number of teams that included the Dallas Stars.

Balderton Capital has hired Nicolas Debock as a principal. Previously, Debock worked at French venture firm XAnge.

Castanea Partners has hired Tim Burke as a partner. Prior to Castanea, Burke was co-founder and partner of Glenbrook Consumer Partners, a San Francisco-based fund. Prior to Glenbrook, Burke was a partner with Rosewood Capital.

Lightyear Capital has hired Martin Sullivan as an operating partner. Sullivan is the former president and CEO of AIG.

MVC Capital has hired four debt investment professionals from Fifth Third Bancorp’s Mezzanine Finance Group. The team includes David Williams, Harrison Mullin, David Gardner and Scott Foote. The new members will join The Tokarz Group Advisers, the external managers of business development company MVC and be based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Nathan Elliott has joined Balance Point Capital Partners as a VP. Most recently, Elliott worked at Jefferies Finance where he was a VP responsible for the due diligence and underwriting of syndicated loan and bridge financings mainly for sponsor-led LBO transactions. Westport, Conn.-based Balance Point provides capital to lower middle market companies.

Norwest Venture Partners announced that it has hired Sean Jacobsohn as principal. Jacobsohn was previously a venture partner at Emergence Capital Partners, which he joined in 2012. At Norwest, he will continue to focus on early and late-stage enterprise companies, including SaaS, healthcare IT, mobile business applications, and B2B marketplaces.

Paine & Partners has hired Robert Berendes as an operating director. Berendes is currently a venture partner at Flagship Ventures.

Palamon Capital Partners said Monday it named Ali (Alexandre) Rahmatollahi as Associate Partner and Christian Beck as a member of the Firm’s Board of Advisors. Rahmatollahi joins Palamon from Morgan Stanley where he was most recently as an Executive Director with responsibility for Financial Sponsor coverage. Beck has been CEO of several growth businesses including Banqsoft ASA, Sakhalin Petroleum and Small Shops Gruppen, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company.

Omaha, Nebraska-based private investment fund Prairie Ventures has hired Craig Tuttle as president. Tuttle is the former president of Duke Scientific, which he sold to Fisher Healthcare (now ThermoFisher).

TSG Consumer Partners has appointed Paula Sutter as CEO of TSG Fashion. Previously, Sutter was president of Diane von Furstenberg.


Aqua Terra Water Management said Monday that current board member Mark Harris has been hired to serve as CEO of Aqua Terra. Aqua Terra, a merchant operator of salt water disposal facilities, is backed by Bregal Partners.

Cryptzone, which is backed by Medina Capital, said Wednesday that Andy Jones has joined the company as chief financial officer. Jones was previously the CFO at Integrity Interactive. Boston-based Cryptzone provides data security, identity and access management services.

Duff & Phelps, which is backed by The Carlyle Group, said it has added three managing directors. Richard Newby and Shiv Mahalingham have joined the London office and Christopher Newman has joined the Silicon Valley office. The MDs are joining Duff & Phelps cross-border pricing team.

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Invoca, a provider of enterprise inbound call marketing solutions, has hired Cynthia Stephens as chief financial officer. Previously, Stephens worked at Harvest Power where she served as senior vice president and CFO. Invoca is backed by Salesforce Ventures, Accel Partners, Upfront Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners.

NYLON Media, which is backed by Diversis Capital, has named Paul Greenberg as CEO. The appointment is effective immediately. Greenberg is the former CEO of CollegeHumor. Based in New York City, NYLON Media is a magazine publisher and digital media firm.

ProNAi Therapeutics, a developer of nucleic acid therapeutics, has expanded its senior management team with five additions. Joining the firm are Dr. Angie You as chief business and strategy officer and head of commercial; Wendy Chapman as senior vice president of clinical operations; Chandra Lovejoy as senior vice president of global regulatory affairs and quality; Emma McCann as vice president of program management; and James Smith as vice president of corporate affairs. ProNAi’s backers include Vivo Capital, Frazier Healthcare Ventures, OrbiMed Advisors, Adams Street Partners, RA Capital Management, Caxton Alternative Management, Hopen Life Science Ventures, Sectoral Asset Management and Janus Capital Management.

Raze Therapeutics has hired Dr. Mikel Moyer as vice president of molecular discovery. The appointment becomes effective November 1. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Raze Therapeutics is a biotech firm focused on developing new cancer drugs. Its backers include Atlas Venture, MPM Capital, MS Ventures, Partners Innovation Fund, Astellas Venture Management and Novartis.

Teakwood Capital has hired Bob Mosteller as managing director of finance and chief financial officer. Previously, Mosteller worked at Silver Creek Ventures where he served as CFO.

TrialScope has hired Richard Aguinaldo as chief financial officer. Previously, Aguinaldo worked at Activu Corp. where he served as CFO. Based in Jersey City, NJ, TrialScope is a provider of clinical trial solutions. It is backed by Edison Ventures, Dublin Capital Partners and NewSpring Capital.

WideOrbit has named Brian Burdick as executive vice president of digital and programmatic. Burdick is a former chief technology officer at AdECN. Headquartered in San Francisco, WideOrbit is a provider of advertising management solutions for media companies. WideOrbit’s backers include Mayfield Field, Khosla Ventures, Greycroft Partners and Hearst Ventures.

Healthcare communication tech firm Voalte has hired Suzanne Shifflet as chief financial officer. Previously, Shifflet worked at an unidentified contract rehabilitation company where she served as COO and CFO. Voalte is backed by Bedford Funding.


Dallas-based financial services firm Esposito Securities has added Thomas Zipser to its investment banking team. Prior to joining Esposito, Zipser worked at G.C. Andersen Partners where he served as vice president to its merchant banking department.

Hastings, a global infrastructure manager headquartered in Australia, has made three hires. The firm has added Antonio Botija and Daniel Lee to its global investments team in London and New York, respectively. Also, Anne-Noelle Le Gal has joined the firm’s global asset management team in London. Previously, Botija worked at Infracapital Partners, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Investments while Lee was an investment banking analyst in the Goldman Sachs public sector and infrastructure group. And prior to Hastings, Le Gal worked at Core Capital.

Global law firm Kirkland & Ellis has hired private equity and M & A attorney Douglas Ryder as a corporate partner in its New York office. Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, Ryder worked at Weil Gotshal & Manges.

Placement agent MVision has named Michelle Paisley and Dennis Kwan as managing director for its Hong Kong office. Previously, Paisley worked at Macquarie Bank where she most recently served as division director in Asian equities while Kwan is a former principal at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Limited – Hong Kong.

National Philanthropic Trust has appointed Suzanne Yoon, a managing director for Versa Capital Management, to its board of trustees. Also joining the board are Paul Schreiber of Shearman & Sterling and Rosalyn McPherson, CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia.

One, Inc., an insurance software provider, has appointed Dr. Ta-lin Hsu as board chairman. Dr. Hsu is the founder and chairman of private equity firm H&Q Asia Pacific, which recently led One, Inc.’s $16.7 million Series A funding round.

Praesidian Capital Europe has hired Serkan Dede and Sarah Pierce as investment directors. Previously, Dede worked at Lloyds Bank where he served as associate director in acquisition finance while Pierce worked at Royal Bank of Scotland’s UK structured finance team, recently serving as a director in their origination and execution team for the lower mid-market.

Prologue Capital, an alternative investment adviser, has added Robert Stever to its investor relations team. Previously, Stever worked at Man Group/FRM where he was a trading strategies and structured credit analyst.

State Street Corp. has hired Jane Kirkland as senior vice president for its investment servicing business. Previously, Kirkland was a partner at McKinsey and Company where she served as director of knowledge management.


Susanne Forsingdal, who has led U.S. fund investing for Danish fund-of-funds ATP Private Equity Partners for the past five years, is leaving the firm. Forsingdal, a partner, is joining Allianz Capital Partners, where she will be doing essentially the same job she had at ATP PEP, focusing on fund commitments and co-investments, according to a source familiar with the matter.


Boston-based Harken Capital Securities, a private equity placement and secondary advisory firm, has promoted Nick Hatch and Scott Holley to managing director. Hatch, who heads the firm’s secondary advisory practice, joined Harken in 2012. And, Holley, who has worked with Harken co-founders Don Nelson and Fred Malloy since 2010, has helped build the firm’s primary fund placement business for emerging managers.

New Enterprise Associates announced this morning that Jon Sakoda has been promoted to general partner. Sakoda, who works out of the firm’s Menlo Park, California-based office, joined the firm in 2006 and has served as co-manager of NEA’s seed investment program. He focuses on software-as-a-service, infrastructure software, and big data, while serving as a director on Blue Jeans Network, DataVisor, Desire2Learn, Hearsay Social and Opower, among others.