Private equity shop Actis has added Chester Fong as a senior adviser and Angus Or as director of operations in Asia, Reuters reported. Hong Kong-based Fong, an executive at Colgate-Palmolive, will advise on investments and portfolio management for Actis’s consumer team, while retaining his role as chairman of Colgate’s Greater China business, Reuters wrote. Or joins as a director from Heinz China.
Attorneys Omar Akbar and Mark Horvick have joined the investment bank Greene Holcomb & Fisher, with offices in Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Seattle. Both Akbar and Horvick were more recently senior corporate associates at the Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis, where they focused on M&A for private equity clients.
Turnaround consultant AlixPartners announced a series of senior level appointments. David Lovett, managing director and leader of the firm’s turnaround and restructuring services for the Europe, Middle East and Asia region, is retiring effective Dec. 31. Donald Featherstone will succeed Lovett and, effective Jan. 1, he will become leader of the turnaround and restructuring services for the EMEA region. Luca Ramella, a managing director, was named to the EMEA operating committee. Stephen Deedy was named co-leader of global information management services division, while Patrick Byrne was hired a managing director and co-leader of the firm’s enterprise improvement division in North America.
Randy Aylor has been appointed as general manager, aftermarket, at Nelson Global Products, which is backed by Wind Point Partners. He will lead a team to strengthen and accelerate the company’s initiatives in the heavy-duty and medium-duty vehicle aftermarket. Aylor most recently served as area director for Safeworks LLC, a manufacturer of powered access and safety solutions. Previously, Aylor was director of marketing and business development for Meritor Aftermarket, based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Bronwyn Dylla Bailey has joined the Private Equity Growth Capital Council as vice president of research. Bailey most recently led an analytics team at BlackRock.
John Baumann has joined global asset manager Pinebridge Investments as head of institutional sales and client service for the Americas. Baumann will lead PineBridge’s institutional business development and client service efforts in the region, reporting directly to Sandra Norman, global head of institutional sales and client service for PineBridge. Prior to joining PineBridge, Baumann served in various roles at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, most recently as managing director and head of the U.S. regional client group.
Richard Baxter has joined the board of Diagnos Inc., a maker of artificial intelligence and advanced knowledge-extraction technology. Baxter, a co-founder of New Health Capital Partners, was previously co-head of Drawbridge Special Opportunities Health Care Group at Fortress Investment Group.
has joined Avista Capital Partners as health care operating executive, the firm announced. Bjorklund was previously chief executive of Nycomed, a former Avista portfolio company that was sold to Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Sarah Bradley is joining Dallas-based HM Capital as partner, head of fundraising and investor relations. She will help launch a new fund focused on the food and consumer products sector.
Julian Carreras has returned to European mid-market firm Palamon Capital Partners as principal. Carreras, a Spanish national, was a member of the firm between 2003 and 2006. He initially joined Palamon from Goldman Sachs and prior to that worked for McKinsey & Co. Between 2006 and 2011, he held positions with Cinven in London and Thesan Capital in Madrid.
Matthew Cashion has been promoted to principal at New York Life Capital Partners. Cashion is focused on sourcing, analysis and execution of equity co-investment, mezzanine and private equity fund opportunities. New York Life Capital Partners manages the private equity investments of parent New York Life Insurance Co. and third party institutional clients.
Tony De Nunzio has been appointed as a senior adviser to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. He is currently the non-executive chairman of Maxeda, a Dutch retail group, which he led as chief executive officer from 2005 to 2011. In his new role, De Nunzio will also serve on the firm’s private equity portfolio management committee, which interacts with company management and monitors all of KKR’s private equity investments.
Edward Garden, one of the founding members of Trian Partners, has been named to the board of Family Dollar Stores Inc., Reuters reported. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz‘s Trian Partners owns about 8.29 percent of the company’s stock. Family Dollar is listed and based in Charlotte, N.C.
Keith Hagen has been appointed as president and CEO of Francisco Partners-backed Quantros, a provider safety and quality management software for the health care industry. Hagen comes to Quantros from Aperio, where he served as the company’s chief operating officer. He assumes responsibility from John Trzeciak, who served as interim CEO following the acquisition of Quantros by Francisco Partners in October 2010. Trzeciak, an operating partner with Francisco Partners, will continue to serve on the Quantros board.
William A. Hawkins has been named CEO of Immucor, the blood transfusion product supplier owned by TPG Capital, according to its board of directors. Prior to joining Immucor, Hawkins served as chairman and CEO of Medtronic. Before joining Medtronic, Hawkins was the CEO of Novoste, another Atlanta-based medical technology company.
Larry Horn has been promoted at Preferred Concepts, which is backed by Stone Point Capital, to oversee all client services activities for the company. Preferred Concepts, of New York, is a national insurance program administrator and specialty broker.
Jim Hyatt has been appointed CEO of Church’s Chicken, a portfolio company of Friedman Fleischer & Lowe. Hyatt was most recently president and CEO of Cosi. He succeeds Mel Deane, who served as CEO since December 2009.
John Iwanski has been named managing director with Riveron Consulting, a service provider to private equity funds, among other clients. Prior to joining Riveron, Iwanski served as partner in Grant Thornton’s Transaction Advisory Services group.
Manish Kejriwal is leaving his post as India head for Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings and may create his own fund in India, Reuters reported. Kejriwal, a former partner at McKinsey & Co., joined Temasek in 2004. He oversaw the firm’s investments in India and the financial services sector.
Jeff Kershner has joined the automotive team of Bain Capital-backed HookLogic in a senior sales management position. Kershner was a founder of DealerRefresh, a Web site on Internet sales tactics for car dealers and manufacturers. His move to HookLogic comes on the heels of a $9.5 million round of funding from Bain Capital. HookLogic provides targeted incentive programs for shoppers at auto dealerships and other lead-driven businesses.
Amanda McCrystal has joined London-based fund manager Pantheon as a principal, leading the strategic development of new product and distribution initiatives in the firm’s London office. She joins from HarbourVest where she headed up strategic business development. Yokasta Baez joins Pantheon’s New York office as a vice president in the global client services team. She joins from AXA Private Equity where she was manager of North American investor relations and business development.
Michael Philipp has been named chief executive officer SHUAA Capital, a Dubai-based fund and wealth manager. Philipp succeeds Sameer Al Ansari. Philipp was previously a member of the group executive board of Credit Suisse and chairman of Credit Suisse Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has three board seats in Singapore-listed Chinese water treatment firm United Envirotech following its investment in the firm, the company said in a statement. David Liu, KKR’s chief executive of greater China, Julian Wolhardt, a member of KKR focusing on private equity transactions in the region, and Zhao Fu, a senior principal, have been appointed to the board.
Sanjaya Kumar, M.D., has been named chief medical officer of XStor Systems, a provider of next-generation, specialty-specific digital imaging storage and connectivity solutions for radiology, pathology, and oncology. Kumar will also serve on the company’s board of directors. In 1997, Kumar founded Quantros, Inc., and introduced software solutions that enabled real-time management of patient safety, compliance and quality improvement initiatives. That company was sold in late 2010 to Francisco Partners.
William Lau has been appointed as executive director and chief operating officer at San Francisco-based Shareholder Representative Services, a post-closing expert for private company mergers and acquisitions. He will oversee global operations, including finance, accounting, planning, treasury, and administrative activities from the firm’s San Francisco office. He was previously vice president and treasurer of GenCorp Inc., an aerospace and defense manufacturer.
Former Singapore government minister Lim Hwee Hua has joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. as a senior adviser, the firm announced. Lim is the first senior adviser KKR has hired in Southeast Asia.
Tim Main has joined investment bank Evercore Partners as a senior adviser. He will be based in New York and will focus on advising clients in the financial services industry. Main most recently ran the North American Financial Institutions Group at JP Morgan Chase and was co-head of its global financial institutions group.
Andreas Marty has been named a partner at Ventizz Capital Partners, an investor in growth capital and mid-size tech buyouts in the German-speaking region. Marty has been chief financial officer of the firm since July 2008.
John McKenna has been appointed a managing director at investment bank Miller Buckfire, effective immediately. McKenna has more than 20 years of experience advising on large scale, complex financial restructurings and capital raising and mergers and acquisitions assignments.
Nigel Pitchford has been appointed managing director of health care investments at Imperial Innovations, a British technology commercialization and investment company, effective January 2012. Pitchford joins from DFJ Esprit, where as a partner he has been responsible for leading health care investment activities across Europe.
Bob Pittman has been named chief executive officer of Clear Channel Media Holdings, Reuters reported. Clear Channel was bought three years ago by Bain Capital and THL Partners, and has struggled with mounting debt. Pittman has served as chairman of the company’s media and entertainment platforms since November 2010. He is also a member of the New York-based investment firm Pilot Group, Reuters wrote. Pittman reportedly invested $5 million of his own money into Clear Channel in 2010.
Pomona Capital has recruited Ernest Lambers and John Stephens to expand its Asian and emerging markets platform. Each man has more than a decade of investing experience in emerging markets.
Brian Reinsborough has joined Warburg Pincus as an executive-in-residence to help the firm look for new business in the energy sector. Reinsborough was president and chief executive of the U.S. unit of the oil and gas company Nexen and also helped set up Nexen’s exploration program in the Gulf of Mexico.
Steven Smith, who ran the global restructuring group at UBS, has left the bank, Reuters wrote. The move comes shortly after UBS moved its restructuring group to its leveraged finance group headed by Brendan Connolly as part of a cost-cutting initiative, Reuters reported. Bloomberg has reported that Smith is in talks to join buyout shop Aurora Capital Group.
Alex Thomson has been appointed as an investment manager at Growth Capital Partners, a provider of flexible debt and equity to Britain’s small to mid-sized businesses. Thomson joins from Investec Investment Banking.
Mo Virani has joined Northgate Capital as its chief financial officer and chief operating officer. He joins from venture firm Mohr Davidow, where he worked as the administrative general partner responsible for all company operations and limited partner relations. In his new role, Virani will be responsible for all the finance and administrative functions of Northgate, which invests through fund-of-funds and direct investment vehicles. In addition he will provide support for the investor relations and investment management activities of the firm, Northgate said in a statement.
Chicago-based mid-market private equity firm Waud Capital Partners has appointed Patrisha Carlson as a senior associate and Bradley Eckmann and Jeffrey Goodman as associates.
has been named director of Apria Healthcare Group Inc. and senior adviser to The Blackstone Group. Zafirovski’s 35-year career includes roles as president, chief executive officer and chief operating officer with Nortel, Motorola and five General Electric businesses in the high tech, industrial, consumer, financial services and insurance industries.