People in the news, April 23, 2007

New Leaf tackles ex-49ers

Milton McColl

has joined New Leaf Venture Partners as a venture partner in the firm’s Menlo Park, Calif., office. McColl, a medical doctor and longtime health care and biological sciences executive, most recently was president of Boston Scientific’s neurovascular division. Before Boston Scientific, McColl was president and CEO of Genitope Inc., and president and CEO of CSFluids Inc.

McColl also played for the San Francisco 49ers in two Super Bowls—following the 1981 and 1984 seasons—finishing his football career in the late 1980s with the then-Los Angeles Raiders. The 6-foot-6-inch McColl played linebacker and defensive end and had two interceptions during his eight-year pro career.

New Leaf invests primarily in companies focused on clinical stage biopharmaceutical products, early stage medical devices and molecular diagnostics.

Venture Investors adds Adox

Jim Adox

, a well known Michigan venture capitalist, was named managing director of Venture Investors, a Madison, Wis.-based seed an early stage investor. Adox will help the firm open a new office in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Venture Investors currently invests from its fourth early stage fund, a $69 million vehicle raised in 2006. The firm typically targets life sciences and tech companies in the Midwest, with a focus on deals spun out of the University of Michigan and other universities.

Adox previously led RidgeLine Ventures, where he co-founded university spinouts and advised early stage companies. Before that, he was a partner with EDF Ventures.

Bronner joins budding Mistral

Beth Bronner

has agreed to join Mistral Equity Partners, the new consumer-focused private equity firm that was launched last month by Trimaran Capital vets Andrew Heyer and Bill Phoenix. Bronner most recently served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Jim Beam Brands. Mistral expects to hold a first close for its inaugural fund next month.

Pomona Capital hires partner

Lorraine Hliboki

has joined Pomona Capital as a partner and director of co-investments. She will be based in New York. Hliboki has spent the past 15 years with General Electric, most recently as a senior managing director for GE Equity.

Polaris promotes Nashant

Polaris Venture Partners

has promoted Amir Nashant to general partner. He joined the firm’s Waltham, Mass., office in 2002 as a principal, and focuses on health care opportunities.

CMEA adds software specialist

Saad Khan

has joined CMEA Ventures as a partner focused on opportunities in the software space. He previously was a venture partner with Garage Technology Ventures, where he worked on such deals as TripleHop (whcih was acquired by Oracle).

Mason joins Carlyle

Eric Mason

has joined The Carlyle Group as managing director and head of Asian leveraged finance, effective in June. He previously was with J.P. Morgan Chase, as co-head of syndicated and leveraged finance for Asia-Pacific. —PE Week staff