People Briefs 03/21/05

Sharad Mansukani has joined Texas Pacific Group as a consultant and senior advisor. He most recently was with the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was a senior advisor and medical officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He also serves on the faculty of both the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University Schools of Medicine.

Ted Dintersmith, a partner with Charles River Ventures, has joined the board of Southeast TechInventures Inc., a Durham, N.C.-based technology accelerator for the conversion of university scientific research into commercial endeavors.

Frederick Horton has joined GSC Partners as a partner and managing director. He most recently was responsible for the CDO business at Trust Company of the West.

Vasudev ìVasî Bhandarkar has joined BlueRun Ventures as a venture partner. Bhandarkar has been involved with early-stage incubators in India, such as the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and is a charter member of TiE ñ The Indus Entrepreneurs organization. BlueRun recently changed its name from Nokia Venture Partners.

Wouter Moerel has joined the Amsterdam office of AlpInvest Partners as a principal focused on secondary transactions. He most recently served as a principal with The Carlyle Group, specializing in European leveraged buyouts.

KPS Special Situations Funds has promoted Jay Bernstein to the position of senior vice president. It also has hired Ilya Koffman as an associate. Koffman previously worked with turnaround firm Alvarez & Marshall.

Andrew Nelson has joined Close Brothers Private Equity as an investment manager. He most recently worked for the U.K. Secretary of State for Trade & Industry and, before that, with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.