Wende Hutton has joined Canaan Partners as a venture partner focused on the life sciences sector. She most recently served as a general partner of Spring Ridge Ventures, and before that was a general partner with Mayfield Fund.

Joy Weiss has been appointed president and CEO of Dust Inc., a Berkeley, Calif.-based provider of low-power wireless mesh networks. It is unclear how this will affect her status as executive-in-residence with Blueprint Ventures.

Greg Stanger, former CFO of Expedia Inc., has joined Technology Crossover Ventures as an executive-in-residence focused on the Internet and e-commerce. TCV made a $50 million PIPE investment into Expedia in 2000, but sold its shares last August.

Jeffrey Vanderbeek will reportedly step down from his Lehman Brothers post as head of global risk management, private equity and strategy. He is leaving to become principal owner and chairman of the New Jersey Devils hockey franchise.

Leslie ìBudî Lewis has joined Watermill Ventures as an operations partner. Prior to joining the Waltham, Mass.-based firm, Lewis served as co-founder, president and CEO of Asahi-America Inc.

Christopher Cummings has joined Americaís Growth Capital as a partner, after having served as head of Salomon Smith Barney ës Asia-Pacific industrial investment banking group in Hong Kong. He will lead banking efforts in the firmís new San Francisco office.

David Brinkley was hired to lead the M&A consulting practice at DFI Corporate Services Inc. He recently earned an MBA from Columbia University.

Rafael Pastor, a founding partner of Soneshine, Pastor & Co. and its VC affiliate SP Capital, has been named executive chairman of TEC International.

Bill Kane has joined the private equity practice of merchant bank MTS Health Partners as a senior managing director. He spent the past 17 years with Harvest Partners.