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Troy Aikman, a Hall of Fame quarterback and Fox Sports analyst has joined the board of directors for private equity-backed restaurant chain Wingstop. Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm with more than $1.5 billion under management, acquired the chicken wing chain in 2010. Wingstop is based in Richardson, Texas.

Steven Alesio has joined Providence Equity Partners as a senior adviser. Alesio was most recently chairman and chief executive of Dun & Bradstreet. At Providence Equity Partners, he will focus on new investment opportunities and on portfolio companies including CDW, Study Group and Ascend Learning, where he currently serves on the board.

Paul Aversano

, a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal, has been named the global head of the firm’s transaction advisory group. Along with Nick Alvarez and Jack McCarthy, Aversano helped launch the transaction advisory group in 2006. Alvarez & Marsal, of New York, is a restructuring firm.

Mark Barnekow

has been named chief executive of Chicago-based supply chain management company TradingPartners, which is backed by Kennet Partners. Barnekow worked previously as president and CEO of food service industry technology company Amphire Solutions. Amphire was later sold to Accel and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.Brad Barnhorn has joined Silverwood Partners as an industry adviser in the food, beverage and consumer products sectors. Barnhorn served previously as founder and chief executive of Fantasia Fresh Juice Co., which was later sold to North Castle Partners and eventually merged with Naked Juice. Sherborn, Mass.-based Silverwood Partners is an investment bank.

Evan Bayh, a former governor of Indiana and U.S. senator, has joined law firm McGuireWoods as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Bayh will serve as a strategic adviser to the firm’s domestic and international clients, particularly those whose business goals are impacted by public policy, the firm said in a statement. Bayh also serves as a senior adviser at Apollo Global Management in New York.

Paul Black

, an operating executive at San Francisco-based Genstar Capital LLC, has been elected to the board of directors of publicly traded Haemonetics Corp., a provider of health care products and services for blood management. Black previously served as chief operating officer at Cerner Corp., a provider of health care IT products. He retired from Cerner in 2007.

Vernon Bryant has joined Texas-based Austin Ventures as a venture partner, and will co-lead the firm’s Texas middle market strategy. Vernon was most recently a partner with buyout shop TGF. He currently serves as a director of San Antonio-based Sterling Foods and Dallas-based ENTACT Environmental Services. Austin Ventures has $3.9 billion under management.

Geoffrey Chan has joined Boston law firm Ropes & Gray as a partner in the private investment funds group. Chan’s addition supports Ropes & Gray’s efforts to open an office in Shanghai, a statement said.

Steve Conway, a former executive at Swiss bank UBS, has joined Citigroup Inc. as its most senior European banker advising private equity firms, Reuters reported. Conway joins as managing director and head of the Citi’s Financial Entrepreneurs Group for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has worked previously as a senior adviser to private equity firm TDR Capital and an operating partner at Advent International.

Daniel Crain has been named CEO at WhipTail Technologies, and Spring Mountain Capital has provided the company with convertible bridge financing. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Crain was most recently Brocade Communications’s chief tech officer. WhipTail is a Summit, N.J.-based software vendor. With the financing, Spring Mountain, a New York private investment firm, will have the option for a seat on WhipTail’s board.

Robert Crandall has been named to the board of air cargo carrier Southern Air Holdings, which is backed by Oak Hill Capital. Crandall is a former chairman and chief executive of AMR Corporation and American Airlines. Crandall is currently chairman of Celestica and is a director at Aircell. Southern Air is based in Norwalk, Conn.

John Fraser

has joined J.P. Morgan Asset Management as managing director and head of its New York-based U.S. real estate investment division, Junius Real Estate Partners. Fraser worked previously as co-head of real estate for Investcorp. He has also worked previously at The O’Connor Group, Eastdil Realty and Aston Development.

John Friedman has been named an independent director at Sequella Inc., a clinical-stage company focused on drugs to treat infectious diseases. Friedman is the founding and managing partner of Easton Capital Investment Group. He was previously a founder and managing general partner of Security Pacific Capital Investors, a $200-million private equity fund. Sequella is based in Rockville, Md.

Marshall Haines has joined private equity firm Symphony Technology Group as managing director. Haines joins from Williston Financial Group, where he was chief operating officer. In his new post, he will focus on sourcing and executing investments. Symphony Technology is based in Palo Alto, Calif.

Timothy Leland is joining TGP Investments, manager of TGP Capital Partners, as a managing director. Leland joins the Kansas City firm after serving as the head of M&A with First National Investment Banking, a division of First National Bank of Omaha.

Gary Levin has been promoted by the New York buyout shop Pine Brook Road Partners to the post of vice president. Levin joined the firm in 2006 as an associate, and has worked with portfolio companies including Asia Pacific Exploration Consolidated, Comet Ridge Resources and Stonegate Production Co. Levin previously worked at Warburg Pincus as a member of its energy group.

Middle-market buyout shop LLR Partners has added four new staff members: Jack Slye as vice president; Irene Lisyansky and Brian Berkin as senior associates; and Scott Williams as a senior analyst. Slye previously served as a principal at Sterling Partners, focusing on consumer, education and health care investments. Lisyansky worked previously in positions at General Atlantic and Deutsche Bank Asset Management. Berkin was previously an associate at RoundTable Healthcare Partners. Williams was formerly an investment banking analyst at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

Christopher Marshall

has been named chairman of TheStreet.com. Marshall steps in for founder Jim Cramer, who has served as chairman since 2008. Marshall currently serves as a general partner at private equity firm Technology Crossover Ventures. Prior to joining TCV in 2008, he spent 12 years at venture capital firm Trident Capital.

Mid Europa Partners, the central European private equity firm, announced its 2011 promotions. Michelle Capiod has been promoted to director, with Andrej Babace and Robert Chmelar advancing to the associate director level, and Jan Krzewinski has been promoted to senior associate.

Brian Morfitt was promoted to partner of Frazier Healthcare’s growth equity team. Ben Magnano was also named a principal with Frazier’s growth equity team. Frazier, with offices in Seattle and Menlo Park, Calif., provides growth equity and venture capital funding to health care companies.

Brian Morris has joined Capstone Advisory Group as a managing director. Morris spent 10 years at KPMG where he was a managing director in the economic and valuation services group. Capstone, which has offices in New York and Washington, provides restructuring and transaction advisory services

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell has joined Greenhill & Co. as a senior adviser. In his new role, Rendell will focus on expanding Greenhill’s client advisory activities in public-private partnerships, infrastructure projects and advising governments on various financial matters.

Patrick Sader has joined TA Associates as a senior vice president in its London office. Sader will focus on growth companies in Europe with an emphasis on French-speaking regions. Previously, Sader worked at Argan Capital, where he worked on deals in France and Eastern Europe. TA Associates has offices in Boston, London, Menlo Park and Mumbai.

Bob Sharp

has joined Blue Wolf Capital Partners as an operating partner. Most recently, Sharp was chief restructuring officer for Gloucester Engineering Corp., which is now majority-owned by Blue Wolf. Previously, he held positions at American Capital Strategies and specialty-chemicals company Enthone. Blue Wolf is based in New York and focuses on middle market companies.

Anand Sunderji

and Akshat Shukla have joined Paul Capital, a firm focused on the private equity secondary market, as sourcing agents in India. Both will source and evaluate potential secondary private equity deals. Previously, Sunderji was the co-head of the private equity fund-of-funds operations at Guggenheim Capital Management in Mumbai. Shukla previously managed the Indian investment strategy for Adveq Management AG. Founded in 1991, Paul Capital has $7.6 billion under management. The firm has offices in Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and São Paulo.

Eric Wenick, among the founding bloc of the investment bank MHT Partners, has been promoted to managing director of its Dallas office. He joined MHT in 2001. Wenich was also a founding member of Serra Partners, an advisory firm based in California, and worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. MHT also promoted Tom Burgett to director of its Dallas office. Prior to joining MHT, he worked at Lincoln International.

Bob Wigley has been named non-executive chairman of the online payment company Skrill Holdings, which is owned by Investcorp Technology Partners. Wigley is chairman of Yell Group, eXpansys and Stonehaven Associates. He served previously as chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe.