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Jefferson Allen has been elected to the board of PBF Energy Co., which is backed by the Blackstone Group and First Reserve Corp. Allen will serve as chairman of PBF’s audit committee.

Michael Coolidge has been named a senior vice president at Watermark Capital Partners, a private investment and management firm focused on lodging and related investments. Most recently, Coolidge served as vice president, real estate and development, at Hyatt Hotels Corp. In his new role, Coolidge will help strengthen the firm’s hotel acquisition and asset management team.

Ted Coons has moved from The Blackstone Group to Technology Crossover Ventures. Coons had spent more than five years with the private investor, where he focused on the technology sector. He had also spent time prior to joining Blackstone with Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.

Brian Crumbaugh and Michael Teplitsky have each been promoted to vice president at Wynnchurch Capital, the mid-market buyout firm. Teplitsky joined Wynnchurch in 2008 after working with Lime Rock Partners, Crumbaugh joined last year after working with ShoreView Industries.

Russell Fong has been named the acting CFO at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. He is currently interim assistant executive officer of the CalPERS administrative services branch.

Christopher Fraser has joined Advent International’s operating partner program. He will advise the firm on deals in the industrial sector, with a focus on chemicals and materials. Fraser worked previously as chief executive of Chemical Lime, a leading producer of inorganic chemicals. He has also worked as president and CEO of OCI Chemical, a producer of carbonates.

Vinay Ghai has joined the financial services firm Baird as a managing director in its investment banking team in London. Ghai joins from corporate finance adviser Hawkpoint. He also worked previously as vice president for European M&A at Goldman Sachs.

Casey Herren has joined Dallas-based investment firm Highland Capital Management LP in the newly created post of director. Herren will help manage relationships with institutional investors, including public and corporate pension plans, endowments and foundations and wealth management firms, the firm said. He will be based in Dallas. Prior to joining Highland, Herren served as director at Vaughan Nelson Investment Management, a Houston-based asset manager.

Cameron Hewes has joined Greene Holcomb & Fisher’s investment banking practice as a managing director. The Pacific Northwest investment bank is adding a Northwest native with 15 years of M&A and banking experience, including work with Piper Jaffray.

Barbara Hill has been appointed an operating partner at Moelis Capital Partners. Hill was most recently CEO of ValueOptions. She will focus on health care-related investments and will provide strategic and operating support to Moelis Capital’s health care portfolio companies. Moelis Capital is the private equity arm of Moelis & Co.

Eric Mandl has joined New York investment bank Evercore Partners where he will be a senior managing director advising on large cap technology and software and internet sectors. Mandl was most recently the global head of software and enterprise banking at UBS.

Will Rosen has joined Ropes & Gray to strengthen the firm’s London practice. Rosen previously worked for DLA Piper in London. He was a partner in DLA’s corporate group and head of private equity, EMEA. Rosen is expected to join the practice in mid-2011. In addition, Ropes & Gray’s private equity partner Bill Mone will transfer to London in August from its Boston office.

Aleetalynn Schenesky-Stronge has joined the New York-based investment bank DH Capital as a vice president. Schenesky-Stronge worked previously as a senior equity analyst at Tier1 Research. She will focus on Internet infrastructure.

Dan Shea has been promoted to managing director at BDO Capital Advisors. He will remain in BDO’s Los Angeles office. Shea came to BDO after working with Hadley Partners and W.Y. Campbell & Co., as well as Ernst & Young.

Kevin Spain has been promoted to general partner at Emergence Capital Partners. For the past four years, Spain has served as a principal at the firm, where he focuses on software-as-a-service, mobile and digital media opportunities. He currently sits on the board of Veeva Systems, SupportSpace, Viglink and GroundTruth. Previously, he worked as a member of Microsoft’s corporate development group.

Sean Tong is joining Mary Ma’s $1 billion China-focused fund, Boyu Capital, Reuters reported. Tong is a managing director at Providence Equity Partners the co-head of Providence’s Hong Kong office. He is the latest in a slew of Chinese private equity executives to leave global firms in favor of start-up China-focused funds.

Mark Visser has joined Angelo, Gordon & Co. as a managing director in the private equity group. Based in New York, Visser will lead the firm’s health care investment activities. Previously, Visser worked as a partner at Behrman Capital, where he focused on health care investments. He also previously worked in Merrill Lynch’s investment banking group. Angelo, Gordon & Co. manages $23 billion.

Jim Whitaker was named head of relationship management for the Americas at BNY Mellon Alternative Investment Services, while Mark Mannion will head relationship management for EMEA. Whitaker will be based in New York while Mannion will be in Dublin.