? Gil Amelio has joined Sienna Ventures as a senior partner. He has held senior management positions with such companies as Apple Computer and Rockwell Semiconductor.
? Geoffry Baehr, Paul Matteucci and Arati Prabhakar have all been named partners with U.S. Venture Partners (USVP). Baeher, who is joining USVP as a general partner, was most recently chief network officer with Sun Microsystems Inc. Matteucci, who is joining USVP as a venture partner, is currently chairman of the board of HearMe. Prabhakar, was appointed by President Clinton in 1993 to be director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
? Robert Berner III has joined Ripplewood Holdings as a managing director. Most recently, Berner served as a managing director of Charterhouse Group Inc.
? John Dickerson has joined the board of directors of Early Capital, a La Jolla, Calif.-based private equity intermediary. Dickerson is president of Summit Global Management.
? Kathryn Fleischer has joined Far Hills Group as managing director of the New York-based firm’s private equity practice. Most recently, she was a partner in the private finance group of WR Hambrecht & Co.
? Jeffrey MacDowell has been named a principal in American Capital Strategies‘ Dallas office. He was previously vice president of finance and corporate development at Dynamex Inc.
? Thomas McConnell, general partner with New Enterprise Associates, was recently named chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. He replaces Richard Kroon of Sprout Group, whose one-year term was up.