Executive moves, week of Feb. 25, 2008

KP’s Zhou sets out on ownJoe Zhou has left his post as managing partner of KPCB China to launch his own firm, according to the Asian Venture Capital Journal. No further details were available.

The moves comes less than a year after Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers opened its operations in China and announced a $360 million fund to invest in the country, including teams in Beijing and Shanghai. The China fund invests in tech sectors, such as the Internet, media and wireless communications as well as such consumer areas as health care and cleantech. Zhou, who headed the Beijing office, began his venture career in 1999 as head of the Beijing office of Softbank China Venture Capital. He also was a partner at SAIF Partners, where he invested in Shanda. Zhou has been named a Top Ten Venture Capitalist by the Chinese Venture Capital Association in 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2006.

Bankoff joins Providence

Jim Bankoff has joined Providence Equity Partners as a senior advisor focused on the online and digital media markets. He previously was executive vice president of programming and products at AOL.

Tricor names Budreski advisor

John Budreski

has joined Tricor Pacific Capital as an advisor for special projects. He was CEO of Orion Securities and Orion Financial before their sale to Macquarie Group.

H.I.G. appoints Boyadjian to Paris

Olivier Boyadjian has joined H.I.G. Europe as managing director for its Paris office. He previously was head of the investment team at CDC Capital Investissement. H.I.G. Europe, the European affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, raised its first fund last year with more than $880 million in capital commitments.

Reber joins Royalty

Matthew Reber

has joined Cowen Healthcare Royalty Partners as a vice president. He previously worked at Accretive and, before that, at Paul Capital. Cowen is an alternative asset manager founded by Cowen Group Inc. last year.

Serrao, Darr head to Invesco

Michele Serrao

and Evan Darr have joined the private equity fund of funds team at Invesco, as a partner and senior associate, respectively. Both were previously with Atlantic Trust, Invesco’s private wealth management business.

Moseley joins StepStone

Stephen Moseley

has joined StepStone Group as president. He will be based in New York as a member of the firm’s fund investment team, and will oversee co-investments. He most recently was a managing director for Estes Management and, before that, was a managing director and co-president of PCG Capital Partners.

Hall Capital adds pres

John Boneparth

was named president of Hall Capital Partners, an investment advisory firm with $22 billion in assets under management. He previously founded Corinthian Cove Consulting.