Executive moves, week of June 23, 2008

EIR joins Accel, Greylock

Jeff Weiner

has agreed to join both Accel Partners and Greylock Partners as an executive-in-residence. He has been with Yahoo for the past seven years, most recently as executive vice president of its network division. Weiner will advise existing Accel and Greylock consumer technology portfolio companies, and will also evaluate new investment opportunities. He will divide his time equally between the Accel and Greylock Silicon Valley offices

Lightspeed boosts staff

Lightspeed Venture Partners has made three hires. David Gussarsky was named managing director of Israel, after previously serving as a partner with BRM Capital; James Mi was tapped as a managing director of China, after having been director of Greater China corporate development for Google; and Andrew Moley has been named CFO. Moley is former CFO and interim CEO of eGreetings Network. Earlier this year, Lightspeed raised $800 million for its eighth fund.

Alexander to advise Bain Capital

Helen Alexander is leaving her post as CEO of The Economist Group, to become a senior advisor to Bain Capital. The move will take effect on July 15. Alexander joined The Economist Group, publisher of The Economist magazine, as marketing manager in 1985, then ran international circulation before becoming managing director of the Economist Intelligence Unit until 1997, when she became CEO.

Martus joins Pegasus

David Martus has agreed to join Pegasus Capital Advisors, after having spent the past eight years as a private equity portfolio manager with the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association. He begins the new job on July 21.

Third Rock adds CFO

Kevin Gillis has joined Third Rock Ventures as CFO. He previously was vice president of finance at Coley Pharmaceutical Group. Former Third Rock CFO Anne-Mari Paster will serve as a consultant going forward. Third Rock is a Boston-based venture firm focused on life sciences opportunities.

UBS vets go to Centerview

David Handler and David St. Jean have joined Centerview Partners as partners. They will co-head the expansion of the New York-based firm’s investment advisory practice in the tech and telecom sectors. Handler and St. Jean were both previously with UBS as a managing directors and co-heads of tech investment banking in the Americas.

VC becomes CEO of NovaVision

Rudy Mazzocchi has been named CEO of NovaVision, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based developer of medical devices for people with neurological visual impairments. He previously was a managing director with Accuitive Medical Ventures, a Duluth, Ga.-based venture firm that two years ago raised $175 million for its second fund.

Kinsbury joins Hudson

Shaun Kingsbury

has joined Hudson Clean Energy Partners as a London-based partner, where he’ll be responsible for the New York-based firm’s European operations. He most recently was a founding partner of Pulsar Energy Capital, an investment bank focused on the energy sector.

Connolly changes jobs at Goldman Sachs

Tom Connolly

, head of U.S. leveraged finance for Goldman Sachs, is moving over to the firm’s private equity group. He is expected to run a new fund investing in debt. Connolly will be succeeded by Denis Coleman, co-head of loan capital markets, and Craig Packer, head of high-yield capital markets.

Hermes adds two

Peter Gissel

and Mark Nunny have joined Hermes Private Equity as a partner and investment manager, respectively. Gissel previously was a principal with Nikko Principal Investments, while Nunny spent the part four years with KPMG Transaction Services.