People in the news, Feb. 19, 2007

Koh becomes new facet at Prism

Bong Koh

has joined the Santa Monica, Calif., office of Prism VentureWorks, with a focus on digital media and consumer Internet opportunities. He previously was with Advanced Technology Ventures and, before that, was co-founder of a startup called Mobilocity. Westwood, Mass.-based Prism raised a $250 million tech and life sciences fund in 2005.

Invesco hires Wickham

David Wickham

has joined Invesco Private Capital as a London-based principal, where he will focus on commitments to European funds. He previously was with Insight Investment.

Fergus joins Baird as EIR

Gregg Fergus

has joined Baird Venture Partners as an executive-in-residence in the firm’s life sciences group. He also will serve as senior vice president of corporate development with Baird portfolio company Caden Biosciences. He has spent the past nine years with Affymetrix, where he most recently served as senior vice president of sales and global operations. In other Baird news, the firm has promoted Devin Matthews to partner and James Pavlik and Michael Liang to vice president.

Norwest adds Monsalve

Sergio Monsalve

has joined Norwest Venture Partners as a principal. He previously was an entrepreneur-in-residence with Trinity Ventures and, before that, was a vice president of marketing with Photobucket and a director and general manager with eBay.

Meritage promotes two

Meritage Funds has promoted Stephanie Smeltzer McCoy and Derek Pilling to managing directors. Meritage is a Denver-based private equity firm focused on the communications market.

Costello joins Braemar

Dennis Costello

has joined Braemar Energy Ventures as a managing director and head of a new Boston office. He previously was CIO for Advent International’s North American activities.

Arsenal promotes pair

Arsenal Capital Partners

has promoted Aaron Davenport and Jack Norris to principal. Davenport joined the firm in 2001 after having focused on the pharma industry for Braun Consulting. Norris joined in 2003 from Berkshire Partners. The New York-based firm focuses on middle-market manufacturing and service companies, and last year closed its second fund with $500 million.

Intersouth hires associate

James Rosen

has joined Intersouth Partners as an associate to work on the life sciences tea, He previously worked at Intersouth as a part-time intern in early 2005, while pursuing a degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a part of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s venture fellows program. Rosen is the fourth person Intersouth has added to investment team since the firm closed on its $275 million fourth fund last year.

Thorpe hops over to Carlyle

Emma Thorpe

has joined The Carlyle Group as director of European communications. She previously was with PR firm Penrose Financial. Thorpe succeeds Katherine Elmore-Jones, who has moved over to Carlyle’s investor relations group. —PE Week staff