Executive moves, week of Dec. 1, 2008

MDV boosts staff

Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) has hired Phyllis Whiteley as an executive-in-residence and Dan Riskin as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Both will focus on the life sciences sector. Whiteley previously was an entrepreneur-in-residence with 5AM Ventures, where she co-founded Anaphore Inc. Riskin previously was president of Interventional Dynamics Inc. Menlo Park, Calif.-based MDV last year raised $580 million for its ninth fund to make balanced stage investments.

Aquiline Capital adds two

Deborah Bernstein

and Jason Rotman have joined Aquiline Capital Partners as investment professionals. Bernstein previously was a general partner with Pequot Ventures, where she co-led the firm’s financial services practice. Rotman previously was with Swiss Re as head of alternative investments.

KKR snares Nayar from Citi


’s South Asia CEO Sanjay Nayar has quit to join Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.’s new office in Mumbai, India. He had been with the struggling bank for 23 years.

Fishman steps down at Tamir Fishman

Danny Fishman

is stepping down as co-CEO of Israeli investment firm Tamir Fishman. Co-CEO Eldad Tamir will continue on as sole CEO beginning Jan. 1. The pair co-founded the Tel Aviv-based firm 10 years ago to invest in early stage deals.

Lime Rock hires Barlow

Blair Barlow has joined Lime Rock Partners, a Westport, Conn.-based private equity firm focused on the energy sector. He previously was an acquisitions and divestitures analyst with Signalta Resources Ltd. in Calgary. Lime Rock raised a $1.4 billion fund earlier this year.

Silverman joins Peacock board

Ben Silverman

has joined the board of The Peacock Equity Fund, a $250 million fund focused on the media sector. He is co-chairman of NBC Entertainment. The Peacock Equity Fund is a joint venture between GE Capital and NBC Universal.

Webster woos Linsley

Elliot Linsley has joined Waltham, Mass.-based private equity firm Webster Capital as an investment manager. He previously was an investment banking analyst with RBC Capital Markets.

Bertran to retire from Ontario Teachers’

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan announced that Robert Bertram plans to retire as chief investment officer at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Neil Petroff, who is currently senior vice president of investments. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’ in 1990, Bertram spent 18 years at Telus Corp. With $108.5 billion in net assets as of 2007, Ontario Teachers’ is the largest pension plan in Canada.

Thomas joins Oak HillFritz Thomas has joined Oak Hill Advisors as a New York-based managing director, where he will lead the firm’s business development and client coverage activities. He previously was a managing director with Deutsche Bank.

Francisco adds associatePeter Christodoulo has joined Francisco Partners as an associate working in the firm’s London office. He previously was a Boston-based associate with Thomas H. Lee Partners.