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AIS, a provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud and connectivity services, has made two new hires and two internal promotions. The new hires are Cindy Greatrex as vice president of sales and Brian Wood as vice president of marketing. The promotions are Steve Wallace to chief technical officer and Frank Gaff to vice president of service assurance and chief compliance officer. New York-based buyout firm Seaport Capital is an investor in AIS.

Lightyear Capital isn’t just taking companies private; the firm is rebranding them. The New York private equity firm acquired the Healthcare Benefit Solutions business of Fidelity National Information Services and renamed it Alegeus Technologies. Robert Natt will become executive chairman and Thomas Torre will be its chief executive. The company will be a benefits administrator and payment processor for consumer health care accounts.

Avantor Performance Materials, a maker of high-performance chemicals based in Center Valley, Pa., has appointed John Steitz as president and CEO. Steitz was most recently the president and COO of Albemarle, a chemical manufacturing company based in Baton Rouge, La. The company is backed by New Mountain Capital, a New York-based private equity firm that emphasizes growth capital.

Caterpillar Logistics Services, which just welcomed a new sponsor in Platinum Equity, also welcomed Jos Opedeweegh as CEO, the company announced. Caterpillar Logistics Services was recently acquired from Caterpillar Inc., although the strategic continued to maintain a 35 percent stake in the business. Opedeweegh most recently was CEO at Americold Realty Trust, a provider of frozen food logistics.

City Sports President and CEO Jeff Connor has resigned from his roles at the company, effective immediately. He spent 22 years with the company, and was CEO since December 2008. Tom Stemberg, chairman of sponsor Highland Capital, named the company’s CFO Jim Kessler to the acting CEO role until a new one has been found “in the coming weeks,” according to a statement.

Brian Bell has been appointed to Code 42 Software as president and COO, the company announced. Code 42 develops backup technology for consumers and businesses. The Minneapolis-based company is a portfolio company of Accel Partners and Split Rock Partners LLC., an online provider of discount dental plans for individuals across America, has elected Joan E. Herman to its board of directors. The company also named Robert Solarana as its chief financial officer. Solarana most recently served as the CFO with the Fragrance Outlet Inc. is owned by private equity shop The Riverside Company.

Dots, which is backed by Irving Place Capital, has hired Lisa Rhodes as its CEO. Rhodes is the former senior vice president of Wal-Mart’s U.S. apparel merchandising division. Also, Dots said it planned to create a merchandise center in New York City.

Kurion, a nuclear and hazardous waste management business has named Ralph DiSibio as chairman of the board. Former chairman Josh Wolfe, co-founder of Kurion and founding partner and managing director at Lux Capital, will remain a director for the company.

Golden, Colo.-based Meritage Midstream Services II has named three to its team: Nicholas Aretakis and Richard Gognat join Meritage Midstream from High Sierra Energy LP. Aretakis will serve as senior vice president and chief financial officer, and Gognat will oversee all legal and land matters as senior vice president and general counsel. Terry Herauf has been appointed director of operations. Herauf most recently served as general manager at Copano Pipelines/Rocky Mountains LLC. Meritage Midstream, which is backed by Riverstone Holdings LLC, provides services to oil and gas producers.

National Envelope, which is backed by The Gores Group, has named Jim Pinto chief operating officer. Previously, Pinto was president and chief executive officer at Clyde Union, which supplies engineered industrial pump systems to the oil and gas, nuclear power and water industries.

RoundTable Healthcare Partners portfolio company Renaissance Pharma Inc. acquired rights and assets and U.S. rights to make and sell Denavir from investment funds managed by Deerfield Management Co. and New American Therapeutics. Denavir is an antiviral treatment for cold sores; the company is establishing a new subsidiary called Prestium Pharma under its new ownership and is putting John Denman in charge of the new unit.

Resonetics said that Tom Burns was named CEO. Burns was most recently vice president of business development at Tegra Medical. Resonetics, which is backed by Corporate Fuel Partners, is a supplier of polymer micromachining services and systems to the life sciences industry.

Three members of Sally Beauty Holdings‘ board of directors—James Berges, Kenneth Giuriceo and Richard Schnall—have retired. The three executives are affiliated with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, which recently sold its remaining stake in Sally Beauty. Sally’s board also elected Gary Winterhalter to replace Berges as chairman of the board. Winterhalter will continue to serve as Sally’s president and CEO.

Anna Baird will be joining digital publishing company SAY Media as its chief financial officer, and Alex Schleifer will assume the role of creative director, the company announced. Baird was formerly a partner at Connor Group. SAY Media is backed by investors including New Enterprise Associates Inc.

Smashburger, backed by Consumer Capital Partners, said that Brett Willis has joined as senior vice president of franchise sales. Willis will focus on domestic expansion in key markets including Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Boston. Previously, Willis led franchise development for Johnny Rockets.