Executive moves, week of March 29, 2010

Benchmark adds EIR

Sam Pullara

has stepped down as Yahoo’s chief technologist to become an entrepreneur-in-residence with Benchmark Capital. In other Benchmark news, current entrepreneur-in-residence Marten Mickos is leaving to become CEO of Benchmark portfolio company Eucalyptus Systems.

Clarus gets Young

Bill Young

has joined Clarus Ventures as a venture partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. He previously was CEO of Monogram Biosciences, which was acquired last year by LabCorp. Young also serves as executive chairman of Clarus portfolio company NanoString, chairman of Biogen IDEC and the board of Theravance.

Layton heads over to NewOak

Donald Layton

has joined NewOak Capital as a senior advisor and co-chair of the firm’s investment committee. He also will help lead the development of a private equity vehicle for bank recaps. Layton is the vice chairman and co-CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase and former chairman and CEO of E-Trade Financial Corp.

Martin departs Redpoint

Greg Martin has left Redpoint Ventures, where he had been a partner in charge of the firm’s Los Angeles office. No explanation yet for his departure, which was first reported last week by Private Equity Insider.

Wilson leaves River Cities

Murray Wilson has stepped down as a managing director with Cincinnati-based venture firm River Cities Capital Funds, as first reported last week by VentureWire.

TCV’s Stanger joins Chegg

Gregory Stanger

has joined online textbook rental company Chegg.com as CFO. He previously was a venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures. TCV is not listed as a backer of Chegg, which has raised about $90 million in debt and equity from Insight Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, Gabriel Venture Partners, Primera Capital and others.

Robinson joins Virgo

Nathaniel Robinson has joined private equity firm Virgo Capital as a vice president in the firm’s Austin, Texas-based office. He previously worked in Morgan Stanley’s Global Technology M&A Group.

Combest corals Marrero

Roger Marrero has joined Comvest as a managing director, working out of the firm’s West Palm Beach, Fla. office. He previously was a principal with ABRY Partners in Boston.

Robin goes to North Sea

Henry Robin

has joined North Sea Capital as a senior partner, and head of the Denmark-based firm’s New York office. He previously was a partner with AlpInvest.

Solomon leaves TCV for Groupon

Rob Solomon has joined Chicago-based social commerce website Groupon as president and COO. He previously was a venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures and, before that, was president and CEO of travel search site SideStep. Groupon has raised nearly $35 million in VC funding from Accel Partners and New Enterprise Associates.