Nanotech specialist Daniel Leff has left Sevin Rosen for a new position with New Yorkís Harris & Harris, a publicly traded investment group that specializes in nanotechnology, among other technologies. Leff, previously a senior associate with Sevin Rosen, led the firmís investment in Emeryville, Calif.-based Nanomix. He joins Harris & Harris as executive vice president and managing director. Among his duties, heíll be opening the firmís first West Coast office in Los Angeles and scout new investments.
The Florida State Board of Administration named David Villa its new chief investment officer. He takes the reins from Barbara Jarriel, who is retiring after 30 years of service. Villa will oversee the $101 billion pension fundís senior investment officers and manage the pension fundís outside consultants to implement asset allocation decisions across seven asset classes.
Duncan A. Chapman joined Lexington Partners as a general partner in the New York office. Duncan was previously president of Butler, Chapman & Co., a middle-market investment bank in New York that he co-founded in 1991.
Ken Hanna, an operating partner with Compass Partners International, has been appointed CFO of Cadbury Schweppes PLC, effective March 1.
Glenn Hutchins, co-founder and managing director of Silver Lake Partners; and Mark Neporent, COO, general counsel and senior managing director of Cerberus Capital Management, have both joined the MCI board of directors.
Warner Fite has joined AEG Partners as a managing director. He will also launch and run the Chicago-based turnaround firmís New York office. Fite most recently served as a Principal with Austerlitz Management.
Austin Beutner, president and co-founder of Evercore Partners, has resigned from the board of directors at New Orleans-based Energy Partners Ltd. Evercore invested in Energy Partners in November 1999, but sold its position three months ago.
Greg Prow, a manager director with Mobius Venture Capital, has been named board president of Montalvo, a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit arts association. Prow has been on the organizationís board of trustees for three years, and will be board president through 2005.