Executive moves, week of Oct. 1, 2007

Carlyle names head of Japan unit

Masao Hirano

has agreed to join The Carlyle Group as co-head of its Japan buyout team, effective Nov. 1. He is currently a director with McKinsey & Co., and will be partnered with existing Japan co-head Tamotsu Adachi. In related news, Carlyle said that Takeshi Isayama will become chairman of Carlyle Japan, effective Oct. 1. He has served as vice chairman of Nissan Motors since retiring from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Austin promotes Siegel

Austin Ventures

has promoted Phil Siegel to general partner. He joined the firm as a venture partner in October 1999, and has led such deals as All Star Directories, CreditCards.com, HomeAway and Newgistics. Siegel also has led the firm’s CEO-in-residence program for the past three years.

Chakravarthy joins NEA

Rohini Chakravarthy has joined New Enterprise Associates as a principal based in Menlo Park, Calif., to focus on IT opportunities. Chakravarthy previously was with Cisco Systems as head of wireless corporate business development.

InterWest names Grais partner

InterWest Partners

has promoted Linda Grais to the position of partner. She joined the firm in 2005 as an executive-in-residence, and focuses on opportunities in the biopharmaceutical and medical device space. Her current board seats include Gynesonics and Arca Discovery.

Pension fund sets staff

Erol Uzumeri

has been promoted to head of Teachers Private Capital, the private equity arm of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He previously had been a vice president responsible for international investments, and succeeds Jim Leach, who is taking over as the pension plan’s CEO.

Kim joins Canaan

Mickey Kim

has joined Canaan Partners as a principal in the firm’s Westport, Conn., office. Kim, who will focus on health care opportunities, previously co-founded Pacific Point Ventures, a venture fund dedicated to health care services companies in Asia.

Prism hires Lee

Peter Lee has joined Prism VentureWorks, where he will be based in Los Angeles and focus on digital media opportunities. He previously was with Clearstone Venture Partners.

Susquehanna names EIR

David Tamburri has joined Susquehanna Growth Equity as an entrepreneur-in-residence, with a focus on financial and health care technology and services companies. He previously was president and COO of Onward Healthcare Inc., a Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe portfolio company that offers human capital services to health care providers.

Blackstone hires Woodward

Mark Woodward

has joined The Blackstone Group as a senior advisor in the firm’s private equity group focused on software opportunities. He previously was president and CEO of Serena Software.

TA boosts staff

James Hart

and Tad Yanagi have joined TA Associates as vice presidents. Hart will work out of TA’s Menlo Park, Calif., office, and previously was an associate with Sageview Capital and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Yanagi will be based in Boston, and previously was a senior associate with J.W. Childs Associates.

Galbraith moves up at Ventures West

Ventures West

has promoted Ken Galbraith to general partner. He joined the firm five months ago as a venture partner focused on life sciences opportunities, after having served as chairman and interim CEO of AnorMED.

MDS changes name

MDS Capital Corp.

, a North American venture capital firm focused on drug and medical device companies, has changed its name to Lumira Capital Corp. The firm, which has offices in Canada and the United States, also announced several personnel changes, including the promotions of Gerry Brunk (in its Cambridge, Mass., office), Beni Rovinski (Toronto), and Nandini Tandon (Mountain View, Calif.) each to managing director. The firm also appointed Daniel Hetu (Montreal) to venture partner.