People Briefs

Susan Barlow has joined RREEF Alternative Investments as a managing director and head of global client relations. She most recently co-founded American Value Partners, an institutional real estate fund of funds.

Burger King Holdings said that three representatives from the PE firms that own around 32 percent of the company’s outstanding shares will resign. They are: David Bonderman of TPG Capital, Andrew Balson of Bain Capital Partners and Adrian Jones of Goldman Sachs. The resignations are effective June 30.

Frederick Crawford has been named CEO of turnaround firm AlixPartners. He has been with the firm since 2004, and succeeds Michael Grindfors, who is stepping down for personal reasons.

Nate Ford has been named head of the M&A group in Faegre & Benson LLP’s Denver office.

Rakesh Gangwal has joined Teachers’ Private Capital as a senior advisor. He is the former president and CEO of U.S. Airways, and also served as chairman, president and CEO of Worldspan Technologies Inc.

Gil Ha has joined Greenhill & Co. as a managing director focused on the telecom sector. He previously had been a senior managing director with Evercore Partners.

David Haddad has joined Olympus Partners as a vice president. He previously was with Cornerstone Equity Investors, where he focused on the healthcare and consumer sectors.

Drummond Hall has joined Duke Street as an operating partner. He is currently deputy chairman of UK pub operator Mitchells & Butlers, and also non-executive director of market information company Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC.

Dan Hatcher has joined Gresham as a partner based in the firm’s London office. He previously was with Ernst & Young, where he worked with Gresham on such transactions as the secondary buyout of Betts Global last October.

Heidrick & Struggles International, an executive search firm, has named S. John Kim and Daniel Edwards as co-heads of the firm’s global financial services practice. Kim is based in New York, and recently joined the firm. Edwards is based in Tokyo, and joined in 2001.

JPMorgan Chase has promoted Karen Simon to global co-head of financial sponsors. She will work out of London, alongside fellow co-head George Foussianes in New York. Former global head of financial sponsors John Coyle left last month to join Permira.

Jeffrey Lerner has joined Hudson Capital Partners as an executive vice president, with responsibility for business development and client services. He has spent the past nine years with Great American Group, where he was president and founding partner of its Advisory and Valuation Services division.

Gregory Patti Jr. has joined Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP as a New York-based partner in the firm’s corporate department, with a focus on private equity. He previously was a partner with O’Melveny & Myers.

Henri-Paul Rousseau is stepping down as president and CEO of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in order to become vice chairman of Power Corp. of Canada. He will remain an advisor to Caisse for the next three months. Caisse chief investment officer Richard Guay will serve as interim CEO.

Riccardo Ruggiero, former CEO of Telecom Italia, has joined Permira as a senior advisor.

Rutland Partners has promoted Ben Slatter to the position of partner. He had joined the firm in 2001.

Timothy Newell has joined Merriman Curhan Ford (Nasdaq: MERR) as head of the firm’s newly-formed cleantech strategy group. He previously was a partner with Element Partners (fka DFJ Element) and, before that, was managing director and head of I-banking for E*Offering. He also served in the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1997, including as deputy director for policy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Björn Savén has been named executive chairman of Industri Kapital. He has been chairman and CEO of Industri Kapital since 1989, and will continue to manage the firm with managing partners Detlef Dinsel, Christopher Masek, Michael Rosenlew and Gustav Öhman.

Wachovia Corp. has fired Kennedy Thompson as CEO, and named chairman Lanty Smith as an interim replacement.

Compiled by Dan Primack