Executive moves, week of July 7, 2008

Mitchell joins HCM

Maureen Mitchell

has joined Highland Capital Management as a managing director in charge of institutional sales. She previously was a senior managing director with Bear Stearns Asset Management.

BSMB shutters San Francisco office

Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (BSMB) is closing its San Francisco office, following the departure of sole staffer Bodil Arlander, according to LBO Wire. Arlander is a founding partner of BSMB. His future plans were not reported. The close of the MSMB office follows the firm’s acquisition last month by JP Morgan Chase.

Burr heads to Carlyle
James Burr has agreed to join The Carlyle Group as a managing director focused on the financial services sector, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal. He has spent the past 16 years with Wachovia Corp., including in his most recent role as corporate treasurer.

Quantum Energy adds Burgher
Cedric Burgher has joined Houston, Texas-based Quantum Energy Partners as chief operating officer. He previously was CFO of KBR, a global construction and engineering group.

Canopy names Levy to staff

Joe Levy

has joined Canopy Ventures as technologist-in-residence. He previously was CTO of SonicWALL, a network security infrastructure company.

ORIX Finance hires Young

Rob Young has joined ORIX Venture Finance as a principal, and head of the firm’s new London-based office. He previously was CFO of Balderton Capital.

Lazard staffs up

Lazard Middle Market has added three new managing directors: Robert Frost, previously with Piper Jaffray; Andrew Samett, previously with Bear Stearns; and Scott J.R. Smith, previously with Wachovia.

Blackstone adds Stoddard

Thomas Stoddard

has joined the corporate advisory unit of The Blackstone Group as a senior managing director. He focuses on the financial services sector, and previously was a founding partner of Barrett Ellman Stoddard Capital Partners.

Berenblum joins Mellon Wealth

BNY Mellon Wealth Management has named Ted Berenblum as head of alternative investments, a newly created position. He previously was with Citigroup as a managing director and head of ultra-high net worth investments.

General Atlantic adds senior advisors

General Atlantic, which invests in media consumer-related companies, has added two special advisors: Robert Callahan, former president of ABC and former CEO of Ziff David Media; and Dinvar Devitre, former CFO of Altria Group and a former executive vice president with in Europe.