People Briefs 04/04/05

Ammar Hanafi has joined Alloy Ventures as a general partner focused on the IT infrastructure and networking markets. He has spent the past eight years with Cisco Systems , and most recently served as vice president of new business ventures. Alloy Ventures invests primarily in seed and early stage companies.

Tom Hirschfeld is leaving J. & W. Seligman & Co. , where he had served as head of the firmís venture capital unit, and as COO of its overall investment department. The move is effective April 8, after which Hirschfeld will become COO of hedge fund manager Halcyon Asset Management.

Daniel Levinson has left his partner position with BerchWood Partners to form Pine Ridge Advisors , a Greenwich, Conn.-based advisory firm focused on helping private equity and venture capital firms market new funds.

Adam Kalish has joined Lux Capital as a director. He most recently served as a director with Everest Capital, and previously spent more than three years with Quellos Capital Management .

Jonathan Seelig has joined Globespan Capital Partners as a managing director. He was a co-founder of Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), and recently served as an executive-in-residence with Polaris Venture Partners .

Ashish Gupta has joined The Woodside Fund as a venture partner. He began his association with the firm as a Kauffman Fellow in July 2002, and has co-founded Junglee (which Amazon.com acquired) and Tavant Technologies .