People in the news, April 9, 2007

CRV staffs up consumer Internet practice

Charles River Ventures

has named Saar Gur and Susan Wu as principals. Gur is an active angel investor in the digital media space and co-founded and BrightRoll. Wu was previously an associate with CRV. Gur and Wu will focus on the consumer Internet, software and services sectors.

MDV names new partner

Sue Siegel

has joined Mohr Davidow Ventures as a partner focused on life sciences opportunities. She previously was president of Affymetrix Inc. (Nasdaq: AFFX).

Chang leaves Gabriel for Norwest

Tim Chang has joined Norwest Venture Partners as a principal. He previously was a principal with Gabriel Venture Partners.

Carlyle expands Asia team

Patrick Siewert

and Herman Chang have joined The Carlyle Group as senior directors focused on Asia. Siewert, previously Coca Cola’s most senior executive in Asia, will focus on consumer-related opportunities out of Hong Kong. Chang, previously a top manager with Delphi, will focus on industrial opportunities out of Shanghai.

TPG nabs TD Ameritrade prez

Asiff Hirji has agreed to join Texas Pacific Group as a senior executive focused on firm operations, effective in May. He was previously president of TD Ameritrade.

Salewski joins Genstar

Anthony Salewski has joined Genstar Capital as a senior associate. He previously was a principal with Alpine Investors.

Ventures West adds to cleantech team

Steven Turner has joined Ventures West as an associate in its Vancouver office. He will focus on deal generation and portfolio management in the cleantech. Turner was previously an equity research associate at Raymond James.

Updata beams up Seeber

Jon Seeber has joined Updata Partners as an associate. He previously was with IBM Global Services Business Development.

Oracle exec joins OpenView

George Roberts has joined OpenView Venture Partners as a venture partner. He was previously an executive with Oracle and has spent the past few years as an angel investor and board member with such VC-backed software companies as ScriptLogic, Fieldglass and Informance International.

Health care VCs go to SSM

Larry Coleman and David Swenson have been named venture partners with venture firm SSM Partners of Memphis, Tenn. They are co-founders of Coleman Swenson Booth, one of the country’s first dedicated health care venture firms.

Wilson names two renewable energy partners

John Pierce and Peter Mostow have joined law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as partners focused on the renewable energy and biofuels markets. Both previously were with Stoel Rives.

Wanat says why not to Atlantic-Pacific

Ivan Wanat

has joined placement firm Atlantic-Pacific Capital as a director focused on hedge fund deal management and capital raising. He previously was a vice president in the private funds group of Credit Suisse. In other ApCap news, the firm has promoted John Chase to principal. Chase joined in 2005 as a vice president focused on sales distribution.

Glocap names new MD

Steve Skoczylas has joined Glocap Search as a managing director in charge of the executive search firm’s accounting and operations practice, which serves hedge funds, private equity funds, investment banks, commercial banks, family offices and operating companies. He previously was a managing director in the finance and private equity divisions of JPMorgan Chase. —PE Week staff