People 4-07-03

Eva Xu has joined Aetos Capital’s absolute return investment unit, Aetos Alternatives Management LLC, as vice president. She joins Aetos after eight years at Mellon Capital.

Walter Kortschak, a managing partner with Summit Partners, has been named a trustee with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.

Kathleen Rae, a founding partner of Bellevue, Wash.-based venture firm Ignition Partners, has been named president and chief operating officer of InfoSpace Inc.

Ajay Agarwal has joined Bain Capital Ventures as a venture partner. He has spent the past seven years in various senior management positions at Trilogy Software Inc., an Austin, Texas-based enterprise application software developer.

Sam Jadallah has joined Mohr, Davidow Ventures as a general partner. He was most recently in charge of West Coast and Asian operations for Internet Capital Group. Previously, Jadallah was a vice president of worldwide enterprise sales for Microsoft.

Steven Berger, formerly of Rosetta Partners, has been named executive chairman and managing director of the Corporate Finance unit of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.

Michael Golden has been named CEO of Edison, N.J.-based online retailer HomeClick. Prior to joining HomeClick in 2002, Golden was managing director at the Golden Opportunities Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on Internet-related professional services companies.

Chris Hanson has been named chief operating officer at Battery Ventures. He was most recently CFO of WaterCove Networks Inc., a Chelmsford, Mass.-based provider of data networking infrastructure solutions. A Battery spokeswoman says that the move will help free up general partner Tom Crotty to focus more on investments, although he will maintain some operational duties.

Duncan Lewis, former CEO and president of GTS/Ebone Inc., has been hired as a London-based senior advisor to The Carlyle Group. He will focus on global telecommunications and media.

David Verey, former CEO and chairman of Lazard Brothers, has been named a Europe-based special advisor to The Blackstone Group. He will also join the New York-based private equity firmís European advisory board.

Gert Caspritz, a partner with Techno Venture Management, has resigned from the board of Pain Therapeutics Inc. He will be replaced by Robert Gussin, who most recently served as chief scientific officer and corporate vice president of Johnson & Johnson.

Doug Brown, former president and CEO of Advent International, has been elected president and chief executive of water treatment and purification company Ionics Inc. Brown stepped down from his lofty Advent post late last year when the firm abandoned its hierarchical structure in favor of a partnership model. He has served as a director at former Advent portfolio company Ionics for several years, and has been serving as chairman of its audit committee.

Charles Rossotti, founder and chairman of American Management Systems and former IRS commissioner, has been named a senior advisor with The Carlyle Group. He will focus on IT-related buyout and venture investments, once he takes the post on June 1.