On The Move: QB Drew Brees joins Franworth; Marc Bell Capital names Fisher adviser


Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints as well as a multi-unit operator of Jimmy John’s and Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar locations and a partner of Title Boxing Club, joined the growth equity firm Franworth as a partner and a member of its board.

IVP added three to its investment team: James Black, who was previously with Qatalyst Partners; Becca Faust, who comes from Goldman Sachs; and Karthik Ramakrishnan, who also comes from Qatalyst Partners.

Clarion Capital Partners added four: Ariana Klener joined as a senior associate; Kevin Liss and Rishab Mittal as associates; and Ho Hong Lau joined the firm’s structured credit team as an associate.

Bookend Capital Partners hired Harshad Khurjekar as a principal and Andrew Masi as an associate. Khurjekar worked as a principal at RSM while Masi worked at Ernst & Young.

Grant Avenue Capital LLC hired Alex Ferree and Eric Kim as senior associates, and Sari Ring as chief of staff. Ferree was previously an associate at Audax Private Equity, Kim was an associate at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and Ring worked for two nonprofits: the Alzheimer’s Association and Best Buddies.

Adam Marcus joined Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners LLC as managing director. Marcus was previously a partner at OpenView Venture Partners.

KKR named Jan Baumgart director and head of Real Estate Germany. Baumgart previously worked at PATRIZIA Alternative Investments.

Riordan Lewis & Haden | Equity Partners appointed Ryan Smiley as managing director.

U.K.-based WestBridge named Peter Barkley as an investment director. Previously he worked at Dow Schofield Watts.

SE Ventures, a new firm backed by Schneider Electric, named Grant Allen and Varun Jain as senior partners. Allen joins from ABB where he led global ventures while Jain previously worked at Qualcomm Ventures where he led the global early-stage practice.

Victress Capital named Madeline Keulen as a vice president. Keulen joined the firm in January 2018 as an M.B.A. associate.

Next Coast Ventures added three to its Entrepreneurs Council: Brian Sharples, who previously co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of HomeAway Inc; Cotter Cunningham, who founded and served as CEO of RetailMeNot Inc; Julian Castelli, who is chief financial officer of Voxpopme.

Triton Pacific appointed Jill Tregillis as chief financial officer. She was previously a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Grain Management LLC hired Merche del Valle as chief talent officer. She previously worked at Goldman Sachs where she was global head of coaching and advisory based out of the Asia Pacific region.


Acorn Growth Companies-backed Black Sage Technologies named Rick Schmidt as president. The Boise, Idaho-based company provides counter-unmanned aircraft systems solutions.

Bolt Biotherapeutics named Dr. Randall Schatzman as CEO and a member of the board of directors. Bolt’s backers included Novo Holdings, Pivotal bioVenture Partners, Vivo Capital and Nan Fund Life Sciences.

RDX, an IT infrastructure, cloud and database-administration-managed service provider, has named Mark Clayman as CEO and Gina Murphy as president and chief operating officer. Art Green was also appointed as chief financial officer. RDX is backed by Madison Dearborn Partners LLC.

Bojangle’s Inc, a fast food restaurant chain, named Reese Stewart as chief financial officer. Bojangle’s is backed by Durational Capital and The Jordan Company.

Aquiline Capital Partners-backed Relation Insurance Services named Paul Saich as national sales leader.

Social commerce platform Poshmark appointed Jenny Ming to its board of directors. Poshmark is backed by Mayfield, Menlo Ventures, GGV Capital, Temasek, Inventus Capital, Uncork Capital, Union Grove Venture Partners, Shea Ventures and AngelList.

CoolSys, a refrigeration and HVAC services company, has named Ed Dunlap as its new chief financial officer. CoolSys is backed by Ares Management.

The Hilb Group, a portfolio company of Abry Partners, hired Ellen Bohn Gitlitz and acquired her book of business.

Dovel Technologies, a provider of software solutions, named Barry Broadus as chief financial officer. Dovel is backed by Macquarie Capital.

Developer of antibody therapeutics Pionyr Immunotherapeutics Inc appointed Dr. Alicia Levy as senior vice president and chief business officer. Pionyr’s backers include OrbiMed, NEA, Sofinnova, SV Health Investors, Vida Ventures, Trinitas Capital, Mission Bay Capital and Osage University Partners.

Innovative Water Care LLC appointed Robert P. Baird Jr as CEO. The provider of residential and industrial water solutions is a portfolio company of Platinum Equity.

Janus International Group, a maker of turnkey solutions and technologies for self-storage, commercial and industrial markets, named Ramey Jackson as CEO. Janus is backed by Clearlake Capital Group.

SecurityScorecard, a provider of security ratings, appointed Michael Sweeney as vice president of worldwide alliances and channels. SecurityScorecard’s backers include Riverwood Ventures, Sequoia Capital, GV, NGP Capital, Evolution Equity Partners, Boldstart Ventures and AXA Venture Partners.

Ebb Therapeutics, a medical tech startup, named Eduard Röösli as president and CEO. Ebb Therapeutics is backed by KKR, Arboretum Ventures, Versant Ventures and Partner Ventures.

MeriCal, backed by Linden Capital Partners, named Mark Walsh as CEO and a member of the board of directors. MeriCal is a producer of high-quality probiotics and other nutritional supplement products.

VenatoRx, a pharmaceutical company backed by Versant Ventures, Abingworth and Foresite Capital, made three hires: Jennifer Ellis as senior vice president of quality; Dr. Paul McGovern as vice president of medical sciences; Lauren P. Tornetta as vice president of regulatory affairs.


Mercatus named Jeff Conway to its board of directors. Conway is a former executive at State Street Corporation.

Guggenheim Partners appointed Andrew M. Rosenfield as president. The firm also hired Robert S. Khuzami as managing partner and chief legal officer. Gerald Donini, co-CEO of Guggenheim Securities, will also become chief operating officers of Guggenheim Partners.

iCapital Network, an fintech platform focused on alternative investing, has added four to its executive team: Michael Kushner as chief financial officer; Jennifer Ashley as chief people officer; Diane Frankenfield as chief market officer; Stephen Jacobs as general counsel.

Federated Investors named Martin Jarzebowski as director of responsible investing. He joined Federated in 2018.

Principal Global Investors named Kamal Bhatia as president and CEO of principal funds. Bhatia previously worked at OC Private Capital, a joint venture between Oppenheimer Funds and Carlyle.

Sidley Austin LLP named Derek Zaba as a partner in its global M&A and private equity group. Zaba will also serve as co-leader of the shareholder activism practice. He previously worked at PJT Camberview Partners.

Asymmetry Capital Management LP added Dr. Alex Virgilio as an analyst and partner covering global biotech and therapeutics. He was previously a partner at Partner Fund Management LP.

Linklaters added Jason L. Behrens and David C. Miller as partner in its investment funds group. The firm also hired Jason D. Nussbaum as senior associate and Elias N. Gurewitsch as associate. All four previously worked at Schulte Roth & Zabel.

StepStone Group appointed Scott Hart as co-CEO. Hart previously worked for Morgan Stanley and TPG Capital before joining StepStone in 2007.


Marc Bell Capital named Katya Fisher adviser. Fisher is an expert and frequent speaker and media commentator on blockchain, technology and law.