Executive moves, week of May 26, 2008

VantagePoint boosts cleantech team

David Edwards

and Jim Woolsey have joined the cleantech team of VantagePoint Venture Partners as a partner and venture partner, respectively. The firm also promoted Marc van den Berg to managing director. Edwards previously was an equity research analyst with Morgan Stanley, covering the cleantech industry. Woolsey is the former Director of the CIA, and has served as a senior advisor to VantagePoint since 2006. Van den Berg joined the firm in 2006 when the firm raised a $100 million cleantech fund.

Patel joins Battery Ventures

Guatam Patel has joined Battery Ventures as a partner focused on investments in India. He previously served as head of European operations for iGate, a business process outsourcing and IT services company. Patel will initially be based in Battery’s office in Menlo Park, Calif., but later this year he will help open the firm’s new location in Mumbai. Battery, which raised a $750 million fund last year, has invested in India since 2004.

Greenhill hires Ha

Gil Ha

has joined Greenhill & Co. as a managing director focused on the telecom sector. He previously had been a senior managing director with Evercore Partners.

Hook given promotion

Indigo Capital has promoted Martin Hook to partner. He had joined the firm in 1999, after spending four years with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Indigo, a London-based private equity firm, also has hired Burkhard Wangenheim (he was formerly with M-Cap in Germany) and Guillaume Claire (formerly with JPMorgan) as investment advisors. Indigo raised a $745 million mezzanine fund last year.

BlueRun names Barak venture partner

Gideon Barak

has joined BlueRun Ventures as a venture partner. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved with such companies as DSPC, Butterfly, Envara and ICI Mobile.

I-bank adds cleantech vet
Timothy Newell has joined Merriman Curhan Ford (Nasdaq: MERR) as head of the firm’s newly formed cleantech strategy group. He previously was a partner with Element Partners and, before that, was managing director and head of I-banking for E*Offering. He also served in Pres. Clinton’s administration from 1993 to 1997, including as deputy director for policy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Hatteras forms science board

Hatteras Venture Partners has formed a eight-member scientific advisory board to identify trends and investment opportunities in life sciences. It will be chaired by Genentech co-founder Herb Boyer.

Harris joins Lincoln

Franklin Harris

has joined Lincoln International as a New York-based managing director. He previously was with Miller Buckfire & Co. as a managing director and head of financial sponsors.

Huron hires Perkins

Gretchen Perkins

has joined Huron Capital Partners as vice president of business development. She previously served in a similar role for Long Point Capital.

Paff heads to Headwaters

Andrew Paff

has joined the middle market investment bank Headwaters MB as a managing director focused on IP media subsystem telecom technology. He is the former president and CEO of Cedar Point Communications.

ACG names new president

Jeffrey Sangalis

, founder and managing partner of Capital Point Partners, has been named president of ACG Houston. He succeeds Jeffrey Henningsen, whose one-year term expires on June 1.

Rawnsley joins Lowenstein Sandler

Kathi Rawnsley

has joined Lowenstein Sandler as head of the law firm’s new Silicon Valley office. She previously was general counsel for Intel Capital.