Executive moves, week of Jan. 28, 2008

Carlyle boosts West Coast venture team

Greg Rossmann has joined Carlyle Venture Partners as managing director in the firm’s San Francisco office. Rossmann previously was a managing director with Pequot Capital. His appointment comes soon after Nick Sturiale also joined the firm as managing director, as PE Week previously reported. Sturiale was a general partner with Sevin Rosen Funds. In addition, Carlyle announced that principal Ryan Harris is relocating from Carlyle’s New York office to San Francisco (and switching from buyouts to VC), and that it has hired Rachel Winokur as a vice president focused on health care opportunities. She previously was with Datascope Corp.

Circle Peak promotes two

Circle Peak Capital has promoted James Clippard and Holbrook Forusz each to principal. Clippard joined the firm in June 2005. He serves on the board of Fischbein, and is a board observer for WealthTrust and Luxury Optical Holdings Co. Forusz also joined in June 2005, and is a board observer for Rocket Dog Brands, Shari’s Management Corp. and Hill & Valley Inc.

Sun rises at Granite Global

Alvin Sun has joined Granite Global Ventures as a partner in the firm’s Shanghai office. He previously was with ePlanet Ventures. Granite Global raised $400 million for its third fund in 2006.

Van Sant joins Stone Arch

Bill Van Sant has joined Stone Arch Capital, a Minneapolis-based private equity firm, as an operating partner. He previously served as chairman and CEO of Paladin. He also was with Norwest Equity Partners, where he worked with Stone Arch Partner Charlie Lannin.

Braemar adds principal

Jiong Ma has joined Braemar Energy Ventures as a principal. She previously was with 3i Group, where she focused on such cleantech deals as Carbonite from the firm’s Waltham, Mass., office. Braemar raised $250 million last year for its second energy fund.

Arsenal loads up with new hires

Arsenal Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market specialty industrial, health care, and financial services companies, has established an office in Shanghai and named Steve Li to head the new office. Li was formerly a senior executive with Arch Chemicals Inc. Separately, Arsenal Capital announced that Larry Resnick and Anthony Giorgio have joined the firm as operating directors. Resnick previously was a corporate M&A executive with Triumph Group and will focus on the aerospace and defense industries. Giorgio worked in corporate development for SYMYX Technologies and International Specialties Products and will focus on the specialty chemicals and materials sectors.

Vestar hires two

Evan Marks and Victor Cohen have joined Vestar Capital Partners as a principal and vice president, respectively, in the firm’s Vestar Resources group. Marks previously was a senior vice president of marketing for WebMD, while Cohen previously was with Union Square Partners/Capital Z.