Executive moves, week of Sept. 22, 2008

Shortsleeve joins General Catalyst

Brian Shortsleeve

has left H.I.G. Capital to become a principal with General Catalyst Partners. In an email to friends and colleagues, Shortsleeve wrote that he will concentrate on ”leading recapitalizations, buyouts and growth equity investments in lower middle-market growth companies.”

VC-focused General Catalyst is not known for these kinds of investments, although the firm sponsored a leveraged buyout of BBN Technologies in 2004. David Fialkow, a managing partner with the firm, says that the firm wants to invest in “great entrepreneurs,” no matter the company’s stage of development. There are not, however, any plans to raise a dedicated growth equity fund or to hire additional staff outside of Shortsleeve.

Shortsleeve spent the past four years as a principal with H.I.G. Capital. Previously, he was a management consultant with Bain & Co. for three years.

Hass jumps over to Bedford

David Hass

has joined Bedford Capital as a partner, peHUB has learned. He previously was head of private equity for Aquilon. Bedford is a Toronto, Ontario-based private equity firm focused on the lower middle-markets, and reportedly is about to begin raising its fourth fund.

Ex-Yahoo exec joins Wellington

Daniel Waterhouse

has joined London-based Wellington Partners as a fulltime venture partner in London. PE Week reported last month that Waterhouse was leaving his partnership position with 3i Group, after less than two years on the job. Waterhouse joined 3i at the beginning of 2006, after having spent six years in the corporate development department of Yahoo.

NEA nabs Mott

David Mott

has joined New Enterprise Associates as a general partner focused on biotech and specialty pharma opportunities. He previously was president and CEO of MedImmune, which was acquired by AstraZeneca in 2007.

Armstrong lands at H.I.G.

Tim Armstrong

has joined H.I.G. Capital as a managing director. He previously was with Apax Partners, where he focused on opportunities in the retail and consumer sectors.

Providence adds Tong

Sean Tong has joined Providence Equity Partners as a Hong Kong-based managing director. He has spent the past eight years with General Atlantic and, before that, was with Morgan Stanley.

Koyfman joins Spark

Spark Capital announced that it has added Moshe “Mo” Koyfman as a principal. Koyfman has spent the past six years in various roles with IAC, and will split his time between Boston and New York.

Dodd heads to Austin

Mike Dodd

has joined Austin Ventures as a venture partner. He previously was senior vice president of corporate development for Omniture Inc.

Hudson hires Ho

Paul Ho

has joined Hudson Clean Energy Partners as a principal, where he will oversee the firm’s biofuels and biomass practice. Hudson is a Teaneck, N.J.-based buyout firm. Ho previously was with Credit Suisse as a director in the alternative energies group.

Sequoia partner joins cleantech board

Michael Goguen

, a Sequoia Capital partner who leads the firm’s cleantech investing practice, was named co-chair of the Cleantech Network’s North American advisory board. In addition, Sequoia’s VT Bharadwaj has joined the Cleantech Network’s Indian advisory board.

MidOcean adds principal

Elias Dokas

has joined MidOcean Partners as a principal. He is a former managing director with The Blackstone Group. MidOcean also announced that it has promoted David Basto to managing director and Barrett Gilmer to vice president.

CRV adds counsel

Lisa Bonner Haines

has joined Charles River Ventures as general counsel. She previously was associate general counsel for Monster Worldwide.

Vision boosts staff

Lorenzo Russo

and Daryl Cohen have joined U.K.-based secondaries firm Vision Capital as a partner and associate, respectively. Russo previously was with Change Capital, while Cohen was previously with Silver Point Principal Financial Europe.