On the move, 10.10.2016: KKR names new head of Greater China


Ampersand Capital Partners hired Dr. Frank Witney as an operating partner. Previously, Witney worked at Affymetrix where he was president and CEO.

Angelo, Gordon & Co. named Damien Loveday as managing director of investor relations. Previously, Loveday worked at Willis Towers Watson where he served as global head of diversifying strategies.

Arbor Investments named Christopher Harned as a partner and Tim Fallon as senior operating partner.

Beringea beefed up its UK investment team with three new additions. Eyal Malinger is joining the firm as investment director while Olivia Cramer and Philip Edmondson-Jones have been hired as associates. Previously, Malinger worked at Countrywide PLC while Cramer was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Edmondson-Jones worked at OC&C Strategy Consultants.

Charlesbank Capital Partners hired Sandor Hau as a managing director and Matt Jacobson as a principal. Previously, Hau worked at Nomura Securities International where he was managing director and head of corporate credit and special situations while Jacobson also worked at Nomura and Goldman Sachs.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice hired Helge Lund as an operating adviser to CD&R’s funds. Lund is the former CEO of BG Group PLC and Statoil ASA.

Frazier Healthcare Partners hired Amit Jain as an operating partner for its growth buyout team. Previously, Jain worked at Omnicare Inc where he was senior vice president and head of business operations.

Hendrik Struik re-joined Frazier Healthcare Partners as an operating partner on the growth buyout team. Struik is the former chief executive officer of Laboratory Supply Company, a Frazier portfolio company. He rejoined Frazier after McKesson Corp acquired LABSCO in May.

Genstar Capital added Tony Reisz to its strategic advisory board. Previously, Reisz worked at Corelogic where he worked as managing director of insurance and spatial solutions.

Harvest Global Investments named Ashley Dale as chief business development officer and chief marketing officer. Previously, Dale worked at Mirae Asset Global Investments, where he worked as chief marketing officer and head of international business development.

HQ Capital said Sept. 19 it named Georg Wunderlin, former COO and co-managing director, as its new chief executive officer, effective Sept. 1. Wunderlin succeeds Ernest Boles, who assumed the title of vice chairman. Boles will continue to advise HQ Capital on its operations and will remain part of the firm’s executive management. Boles succeeds Marcel Giacometti, who will become senior advisor for HQ Capital as of Jan. 1, 2017.

JCR Capital named Samuel Isaacson as managing director and Todd Tilzer as director. Previously, Isaacson worked at LEM Capital where he was senior vice president of acquisitions and asset management while Tilzer was director of underwriting for Republic Financial Corp.

KKR named Paul Yang, current president and CEO of China Development Financial Corporation, as head of greater China, effective January 2017. In August, KKR said David Liu, a KKR Member, former co-head of KKR Asia Private Equity and head of Greater China, along with KKR Member Julian Wolhardt, would be leaving the firm at the end of this year. Liu and Wolhardt will transition to KKR Advisors, the firm said.

Thomas Emmons joined Pegasus Capital Advisors LP where he will focus on mezzanine capital in the renewable energy and clean infrastructure sectors. Emmons was previously at Rabobank and HSH Nordbank.

Perella Weinberg Partners hired John M. Cesarz as a managing director for its advisory business. Previously, Cesarz worked at Miller Buckfire & Co, where he was a managing director.

Revelstoke Capital Partners said Sept. 19 that Steve Geringer and Greg Steil joined as operating partners. Geringer is the chairman of AmSurg Corp while Steil is the founder of ATI Physical Therapy.

Snow Phipps Group hired Don Sturdivant as an operating partner. Sturdivant is the former CEO of FleetPride and Marietta.


Abracon Holdings LLC, which is owned by Evergreen Pacific Partners, named Mike Calabria as president and CEO. Previously, Calabria was chief operating officer at Abracon. Irvine, California-based Abracon is a maker of frequency control, signal conditioning, clock distribution and magnetic components.

AIIOver Media, LLC, an alternative out-of-home advertising platform, appointed Jeff Griffing as CEO. Prior to joining AllOverMedia, Griffing was vice president at Taylor Corp. AllOverMedia is backed by Audax Private Equity.

Famous Brands International, backed by Z Capital, appointed Dustin Lyman as CEO. Lyman joined Famous Brands in 2013 as director of finance. Famous Brands is the parent company of Mrs. Fields Cookies and TCBY Yogurt.

Thoma Bravo-owned Imprivata, a healthcare IT security company, named Gus Malezis as president and CEO. Previously, Malezis was the president of Tripwire.

Media Source Inc, a portfolio company of The Vistria Group, named Steve Zales as CEO. Zales will succeed Randy Asmo who will remain on the board and be an adviser. Zales’ work background included working as president of Time Warner‘s lifestyle digital division. Ohio-based Media Source Inc is a provider of children’s and young adult literature.

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Quickbase, a low-code application development provider, hired Matt Hoogerland as chief financial officer. His appointment becomes effective immediately. Hoogerland is a former CFO at Ozburn-Hessey Logistics. Quickbase is backed by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.


BlackArch Partners appointed Tom Krasnewich as managing director and head of the firm’s diversified industrials practice. Previously, Krasnewich worked at BMO Capital Markets where he was managing director in the industrials group.

Placement agent and adviser Eaton Partners named Gianluca D’Angelo as managing director, head of Europe and James Townend as director. Both will be based in the firm’s London office. Previously, D’Angelo worked at Probitas Partners UK where he was a partner while Townend was a development director for Nomura Asset Management.

Houlilan Lokey hired Marshall Taylor as a managing director and national healthcare leader for its transaction advisory services. Previously, Taylor was managing director at Alvarez & Marsal’s transaction advisory group.

Intercontinental Exchange, an operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and a provider of data and listings services, named Thomas E. Noonan to its board of directors. Noonan is a general partner at TechOperators, an early-stage venture fund.

New York-based wealth adviser Snowden Lane Partners named Dave Woolford as a managing director and private wealth adviser. Previously, Woolford worked at J.P. Morgan Securities.

Stifel Financial Corp subsidiary Miller Buckfire, an investment bank that focuses on corporate restructuring and recapitalization, named Richard Klein as managing director. Previously, Klein worked at Jefferies LLC as a managing director for the restructuring and recapitalization group.

Virtus Partners named Dean Fletcher as chief strategy officer, Dermot Caden as head of its European regulated fund administration business and Jennifer Nolan as senior director in its Dublin hub. Previously, Fletcher worked at BNY Mellon where he was head of EMEA Corporate Trust. Caden is a former senior vice president at GSO Capital Partners and Nolan also worked at BNY Mellon Corporate Trust.


Arbor Investments promoted Brody Lynn and Alan Weed to partner.

Great Hill Partners LLC promoted Nick Cayer, Rafael Cofiño and Peter Garran to partner. Cayer joined Great Hill in 2006, Cofiño came on board in 2012 and Garran was hired in 2008.

GTCR promoted Benjamin J. Daverman and Lawrence C. Fey IV to managing director and Stephen J. Jeschke to principal. Daverman joined the private equity firm in 2008, Fey came on board in 2012 and Jeschke was hired in 2011.

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