Executive moves, week of May 19, 2008

Trinity promotes Chopra

Trinity Ventures has promoted Ajay Chopra to general partner. He joined the firm in 2006 as a venture partner, and has worked on such deals as 21Vianet (the firm’s first investment in China), Guard ID Systems, Mobile Messenger and Skyfire.

Prior to joining Trinity Ventures, Chopra co-founded Pinnacle Systems.

Reynolds wraps up at Bridgepoint

Kevin Reynolds is transitioning out of his role as U.K. country head at mid-market buyout firm Bridgepoint, according to Dow Jones News Service. Reynolds plans to take a three-month sabbatical once Bridgepoint finishes raising $7 billion fourth fund later this month. He will then return as a transaction partner, while Guy Weldon will take over as U.K. country head.

Ringo to star at DBL InvestorsCynthia Ringo has left VantagePoint Venture Partners, where she had been a managing director, to become a partner with JPMorgan spinout DBL Investors, which is currently raising its second fund. She joined VantagePoint in 2002, after having served as CEO of CopperCom. Ringo says that a variety of factors led her to seek out a smaller partnership.

TCV adds Woody
Christopher “Woody” Marshall has joined Technology Crossover Ventures as a general partner. He previously was a managing director with Trident Capital, where his investments included Advanced Payment Solutions, AccountNow, Bytemobile, Merchant eSolutions, MapQuest, SideStep and Xata.

Hinck heads to El Dorado
Jeff Hinck has joined El Dorado Ventures as a partner. He previously was with Vesbridge Partners. Hinck and El Dorado’s Charles Beeler have partnered on such investments as NuSpeed and Compellent Technologies.

Carlyle loses Pearlstine
Norman Pearlstine is leaving The Carlyle Group, where he has served as a senior advisor to the firm’s telecom and media practice since late 2006. He will join Bloomberg as chief content officer, a newly created position.

Prism promotes O’Leary

Prism VentureWorks has promoted Brendan O’Leary to general partner. He joined the firm in 2003, and co-leads the firm’s life sciences practice. His board seats include Locus Pharmaceuticals, Proteon Therapeutics, ROX Medical, Serica Technologies and Trius Therapeutics.

Stiefler joins Emergence
Jeffrey Stiefler has joined Emergence Capital Partners as a venture partner. He previously was chairman and CEO of Digital Insight, which last year was sold to Intuit for $1.4 billion. Past roles include president of American Express and CEO of IDS Financial Services.

Bain hires Chandra
Amit Chandra has joined Bain Capital as a managing director and head of Indian operations, as first reported by VC Circle. Chandra is a former Merrill Lynch banker who most recently served as a managing director of India-focused PE fund New Silk Route.

Hogan named partner at Norwest
John Hogan has joined Norwest Mezzanine Partners as a partner. He previously was with Piper Jaffray & Co., as a managing director and head of the firm’s financial sponsors group.