On the Move


Auda International has hired Squadron Capital Vice President Eunseok So as a senior vice president in the Hong Kong office. Prior to Squadron Capital, So worked as head of private equity at Daishin Securities. The Auda Asia team earlier this month added former Paul Capital executive Lucian Wu as a second Hong Kong-based managing director.

Baird Capital has appointed Scott Hoffman as an operating partner. Previously, Hoffman worked at Brady Corp., where he served as president of global workplace safety. Baird Capital is the private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co.

New York-based alternative asset manager CapitalSpring has expanded its team with two hires. The firm named Todd Foust as managing director and head of underwriting and portfolio and appointed Kristin Reilly as vice president of investor relations. Previously, Foust worked at Goldman Sachs, while Reilly worked at GoldenTree Asset Management.

Data Point Capital has appointed Colin Angle as a special advisor. Angle is the co-founder, CEO and chairman of iRobot.

GPB Capital Holdings has hired Scott Naugle as chief financial officer of the firm’s automotive retail group. Naugle is responsible for financial oversight of the fund’s dealership investments, including financial reporting, acquisition due diligence, treasury, risk management, procurement, internal audit and profit optimization. Prior to GPB, Naugle worked as director of corporate finance and accounting at DCH Automotive Group.

KKR Capstone, an operational consulting group that works with KKR, has hired Matthew Claughton as a director in Sydney, Australia. Claughton was recently a group general manager of Pacific Brands workwear business unit and previously managed the group’s business development, human resources and international business across Asia Pacific.

Paine & Partners, a private equity firm focused on food and agribusiness, has hired John Binde has an operating director. Binde is the former CEO of Norway Royal Salmon ASA.

Pamplona has hired Michael O’Boyle as an operating partner. Previously, O’Boyle worked at Parallon Business Solutions, a subsidiary of HCA Holdings, where he served as CEO.

PineBridge Investments has named John L. Thornton as a non-executive chairman of its board of directors. The appointment becomes effective November 21. Thornton is a former president of Goldman Sachs.

Pritzker Group Private Capital has added three professionals to its Los Angeles office. The new Los Angeles team includes former Blackstone Group Managing Director Michael Dal Bello as an investment partner on the healthcare investment team. Dal Bello is joined by Ceron Rhee, a former vice president at TPG Capital, who is now vice president in healthcare for Pritzker, and Evan Earley, an associate who joins from UBS, where he worked as an analyst.

Warburg Pincus has hired Piero Minardi as a managing director in the firm’s São Paulo office. Previously, Minardi served as a partner at Brazilian investment firm Gávea Investimentos.

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe has expanded its team with three new hires. The firm has added Ian MacLeod, Sandeep Sahai and Rick Willett to its resources group. MacLeod is former head of global software and services and partner at Qatalyst Partners, while Sahai is former president and CEO of Headstrong and  Willett is former president and CEO of Ascend Learning.


Ascent Aviation Services Corp., a portfolio company of LongueVue Capital, has hired Joseph Ng as CEO. The appointment became effective Nov. 1. Based in Tucson, Ariz., Ascent is a provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services.

B2R Finance, which is backed by by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, has hired Jason Hoggs as CEO. Hogg is a former president of American Express Serve Enterprise. B2R is a provider of residential buy-to-rent mortgages for single-family rental property investors.

Delphinus Medical Technologies, which is backed by private equity firm Beringea, has appointed Shawn O’Brien as vice president of finance. Previously, O’Brien worked at CytoPherx. Delphinus makes a whole-breast ultrasound system called is a maker of SoftVue.

Harvest Hill Beverage Company, a portfolio company of Brynwood Partners VII, has made five executive appointments. The firm has named Salvatore DePrima as president and CEO; James Sheppard as chief financial officer; Richard Hubli as senior vice president of operations; Ilene Bergenfeld as chief marketing officer; and David Champlin as senior vice president of sales. Based in Stamford, Conn., Harvest Hill was formed by Brynwood Partners VII to buy Juicy Juice from Nestle USA.

Palomar Insurance Holdings, which is backed by Genstar Capital, has appointed Daniel Bilot to its advisory board. Bilot is the CEO of Capital Risk Partners. Palomar provides commercial and residential earthquake insurance.

PeopleAdmin, which is owned by Vista Equity Partners, has appointed Kermit Randa as CEO. Randa’s management experience includes working at EMC, Surgical Information Systems and Greenway Health. Based in Austin, Texas, PeopleAdmin provides talent management solutions.

Reputation Institute, which is backed by Catalyst Investors, has hired Jamie Bedard as its global president and CEO. Bedard will be replacing Jonathan Ewert who will transition to serving on the company’s board of directors. Bedard has worked previously at Aberdeen Group and Benchmarking Partners. Reputation Institute, which has headquarters in both New York City and Copenhagen, Denmark, is a global corporate reputation measurement and management firm.

Smashburger, a Denver-based burger restaurant chain owned by Consumer Capital Partners, has hired Josh Kern as chief marketing officer. Previously, Kern served as CMO at Consumer Capital.

Vision-Ease Lens, which is owned by Wind Point Partners, has hired John Weber as its new CEO. Weber succeeds Doug Hepper, who will transition to executive chairman. Previously, Webber served as president at CooperVision. Based in Ramsey, Minn., Vision-Ease Lens makes ophthalmic lenses.


Boston Private Bank & Trust Co, a unit of Boston Private Financial Holdings Inc, named Cynthia Terwilliger as senior vice president, commercial loan officer in its specialty lending team.

Capital One Financial Corp has appointed Greg K. Steele as a managing director for Capital One Securities. Previously, Steele worked as a managing director of real estate at BMO Capital Markets.

Centerview Partners has hired Paul J. Collins as a partner. Previously, Collins worked at Barclays, where he was vice chairman of investment banking.

Executive search firm CTPartners has named Michel Deschapelles as a partner in its Miami office. Previously, Deschapelles was a consultant for Egon Zehnder.

Chicago-based mid-market investment bank Dresner Partners has appointed Nishant Bubna as vice president. Previously, Bubna worked at KPMG Corporate Finance, where he served as a senior associate within its investment banking group.

Evercore has hired Credit Suisse executive Ian Bell as a managing director to lead distribution and origination work across Asia Pacific. Bell will be supported by Manda Chan, who was previously with MVision Private Equity Advisors. Both are based in Evercore’s Hong Kong office.

Evercore Casa de Bolsa has named Ruy Halffter as head of the Mexico equity capital markets group. Halffter will be based in Evercore’s Mexico City office. Previously, Halffter was executive director and head of the equity capital markets group at BBVA Bancomer.

Evercore Wealth Management has hired Stephanie Hackett as a managing director and portfolio manager. Previously, Hackett was an investment director at Brandywine Group Advisors.

Dallas-based investment firm Highland has appointed Felicia Smith as managing director. Previously, Smith was vice president of capital markets at Santander Consumer USA. Highland has also hired Carla Martin as managing director of national accounts for the independent broker dealer channel for Highland Funds. Previously, Martin served as a senior vice president of business development in the IBD channel at W.P. Carey.

Liberator Medical Holdings has named Ruben Jose King-Shaw Jr. and Philip M. Sprinkle to its board of directors. Shaw is a managing partner and chief investment officer at Mansa Capital, while Sprinkle is a partner at Balch and Bingham law firm. Liberator Medical Holdings is the parent company of Liberator Medical Supply, which provides medical supplies to Medicare-eligible seniors.

Matrix has launched a media and communications group that will be led by Managing Director Michael S. McHugh. Previously, McHugh was managing director at Waller Capital Partners. Based in Richmond, Va., Matrix is an investment bank that provides M&A and financial advisory services.

NCR Corp. has named Richard “Mick” McGuire to its board of directors. McGuire is a founder and managing partner of Marcato Capital Management. Headquartered in Duluth, Ga., NCR is a provider of consumer transaction technologies.

Okapi Partners has hired Tony Vecchio as a managing director. Previously, Vecchio was a managing director at worked at Georgeson. Based in New York City, Okapi Partners is a proxy solicitation and investor response firm.

Tecumseh Products Co has appointed Mitchell I. Quain to its board of directors. Quain is a senior advisor at The Carlyle Group and a former partner at One Equity Partners. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tecumseh Products makes compressors and related products.


The California State Teachers’ Retirement System has named Debra Smith as its first chief operating investment officer, completing a restructuring of the pension fund’s investment branch. The pension fund also named Glenn Hosokawa as Director of Fixed Income, the pension fund’s second-largest asset class, at $22.4 billion. Paul Shantic was named Director of Inflation Sensitive, the newest asset class, with an investment portfolio at $1.4 billion.