On the Move 8.27.18: Tony James family office taps Helm for real estate


TA Associates: Calen Angert and Nicholas Leppla joined as vice presidents in the Menlo Park office.

RiverGlade Capital, the healthcare-services-focused PE firm, named Jim Hudak an operating partner. Hudak had been CEO of Paradigm Outcomes.

Duet Group: Joining the London team are Fred Chima as managing director, Diamatho Doumbia as vice president and Kwinten van Nes as associate. The firm also added Julio Roda as an industrial partner.

BlueMountain Capital Management named Scott Troeller a portfolio manager. Troeller previously was a managing director focused on PE investments at Fir Tree Partners.

Pharos Capital Group‘s chairman, Kneeland C. Youngblood, who is also a founding partner of the firm, was named to the board of Scientific Games, the Las Vegas provider of products and services for the gambling, lottery and interactive-gaming markets.

Gridiron Capital named John Warner a managing director. Warner was previously a managing director at CCMP Capital and its predecessor firms, JP Morgan Partners and Chase Capital Partners.

FIRSTavenue: Colin Dinneen joined as a managing director based in New York. Dinneen most recently led a team that did advisory and fundraising execution on fund managers for Sixpoint Partners.

BelHealth Investment Partners hired Bryce Miller and Cameron Weiner as associates. Miller previously was an investment-banking analyst at Stephens Inc while Weiner was at GE.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice named Jean-Michel Aubertin an operating adviser for CD&R funds. Aubertin is former CEO of CG Power and Doosan Power Systems.

Atlantic Street Capital hired Susan Strautberg as governance adviser. Strautberg will be involved in recruiting women for the middle-market PE firm’s portfolio-company boards.

Yellow Wood Partners named Andrew Nguyen vice president. Prior to joining the Boston private equity firm, Nguyen was an associate at Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.


Armour Group Ltd: Ranbeer Bhatia will head business development in North America while Andrea Piatti will serve as head of European M&A. Armour, the Bermuda P&C runoff insurance business, is backed by Aquiline Capital Partners.

Mazarine Energy: Marcel Boehkoorn, founder and CEO of Dutch PE firm Ramphastos Investments, is joining Mazarine’s board. The appointment follows Ramphastos’s acquisition of an equity stake in the subsurface-driven oil-and-gas exploration and production company in the Netherlands. Mazarine’s other backers include Carlyle Group.

BTI Studios, a portfolio company of Shamrock Capital, named Mark Kirkpatrick senior vice president of sales for EMEA. He joins from ITV. BTI provides dubbing, subtitling and access services in any language.

Equidate, a stock market for private tech companies, named Kelly Rodriques chairman and CEO. He previously was CEO of Pensco. Equidate’s backers include Financial Technology Partners, Panorama Point Partners and Operative Capital.

Calero Software, a portfolio company of Riverside Partners, named Joe Pajer president and CEO. He previously was vice chairman at Calero. Pajer also is former CEO of Thinklogical. Calero is the Rochester, New York, provider of communications and cloud lifecycle management solutions.

ZoomInfo, the Waltham, Massachusetts, B2B data provider, named Derek Schoettle CEO. He most recently was chief business officer and general manager of the Watson and cloud platform business at IBM. ZoomInfo is backed by Great Hill Partners.

I-Mab Biopharma, the Shanghai firm focused on biologics in therapeutic areas of immunooncology and immunoinflammation, appointed Jielun Zhu chief financial officer. Zhu previously was managing director and Asia head of healthcare investment banking and capital markets in Hong Kong for Jefferies Group. I-Mab is backed by Hony Capital, Hillhouse Capital, HOPU Investments, CDH Investment, Ally Bridge Group, EDBI, C-Bridge Capital and Tasly Capital.

Options, a managed service and IT infrastructure provider for the capital-markets industry, appointed Michael Russo vice president of product management. His background includes tenures at Finastra and OpenLink Financial. Options is backed by Bregal Sagemount.


Debevoise & Plimpton hired Jennifer R. Graff as a counsel and member of the law firm’s funds/investment management group. Graff previously advised fund managers for an unidentified international law firm.

Rush Street Capital hired Patrick Kelly and James Sheehan as associates. Kelly previously was a senior underwriter in the commercial-lending division at West Suburban Bank. Sheehan worked in institutional sales at Zacks Investment Research.

Sixpoint Partners named Richard Siegel a vice president on its capital-solutions team. Siegel was previously a director in the PE group within the merchant-banking division of Opus Bank.

Magilla Loans, a search engine for loans, named Joseph Baratta to the board. Baratta is global head of PE at Blackstone.

Foley Hoag named Thomas Draper a partner in the law firm’s business department and co-chair of the debt-finance practice. Draper previously was a partner in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray, where he headed the debt-finance group.

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth: Thomas A. Waldman joined the law firm’s corporate practice group. Waldman had been managing director-legal at Gores Group.

Bridgepoint Investment Bank named Subhash Marineni vice president of investment banking. He joins from Mid-Market Securities.

Crawford Lake Capital Management named Dov Lando general counsel and chief compliance officer. Lando had been general counsel at MKP Capital Management.

Apex Group expanded its U.S. team with several new hires. Among those joining the fund administrator are Devin Vasquez as director of U.S. PE-fund sales, Melanie Cohen as global head of PE fund administration and Jason Sheller as head of PE sales, Americas.

Cambridge Associates hired Jasmine Richards as senior investment director and manager of diversity. Richards previously was international equity manager and research analyst at FIS Group.


Jefferson River Capital hired Bill Helm for the new role of head of real estate investments, Bloomberg reported. Jefferson River is the family office that invests on behalf of Blackstone Vice Chairman Tony James.

Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii named Elizabeth Burton chief investment officer. Burton is managing director of the quantitative-strategies group at Maryland State Retirement Agency.


Paragon Bioservices, the Baltimore producer of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines, promoted Deborah Wild to senior vice president, quality, validation and regulatory affairs and Ruby Hofmann to senior vice president, human resources and organizational development. Paragon is backed by NewSpring Capital and Camden Partners.

Trinity Hunt Partners promoted Cheryl Small to chief financial officer and John Oakes to senior associate. Prior to joining the Dallas PE firm, Small was director of internal control and compliance at IESI Corp. Oakes worked in Credit Suisse‘s investment-banking division.

Lariat Partners promoted Josh Sartisky to vice president. Prior to joining the Denver private equity firm, he was an associate at Grey Mountain Partners.