People in the news, March 12, 2007

Boldt resurfaces at Perella

Bob Boldt

, former head of the University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO), has agreed to join Perella Weinberg Partners as head of a new asset management unit called Agility. Boldt’s team at the unit includes former UTIMCO public markets chief Larry Goldsmith.

Boldt, 59, was appointed president and CEO of UTIMCO in February 2002. Before that, he was managing director of Pivotal Asset Management. He had stepped down from UTIMCO late last year. While at the pension fund, Boldt managed the release of sensitive performance data from UTIMCO’s private equity portfolio in 2002.

Omidyar hires Bannick

Matt Bannick has agreed to join Omidyar Network as managing partner, effective April 16. Bannick is the former president of eBay International and former general manager of PayPal. Pierre Omidyar, the co-founder of eBay, says that the appointment of Bannick comes as the investment firm is expected to expand. The Omidyar Network, which focuses primarily on investments related to social change, has contributed $114 million to various ventures since its 2004 founding.

CMEA adds Kim

James Kim

has joined CMEA Ventures as a partner focused on opportunities in the energy and materials space. He previously was a vice president in the tech venture team of GE Commercial Finance.

Ramanan joins Blackstone

Ravi Ramanan

has joined The Blackstone Group as an executive director in the firm’s portfolio management group. He previously was a senior vice president of “functional excellence” at Solectron Corp.

Lime Rock boosts staff

Townes Pressler

has joined Lime Rock Partners as a Houston-based managing director. He previously was co-founder of Peregrine Oil & Gas. Lime Rock raised a $750 million fund last year to invest growth capital in energy service and production companies.