Portfolio companies – Apr 21, 2014

Avantor Performance Materials, a portfolio company of New Mountain Capital, has hired Helen Evans as executive vice president of laboratory products. Previously, Evans worked at GE Healthcare, where she served as general manager of research markets for the United States and Canada. Based in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, Avantor is a provider of high-performance chemical products.

Binary Fountain has named Rahul C. Prakash, a co-founder and current board member, to lead its corporate development effort. Prakash is a general partner at the telecom-focused private equity fund Everest Wireless Partners. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Binary Fountain is a provider of online social intelligence services.

CitiusTech, a provider of healthcare technology services, has added to its board of directors. Gary Reiner and Cory Eaves both join the board from CitiusTech’s new investor, General Atlantic.

Famous Brands, the parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, has named Kimberly Aylward as general manager of direct-to-consumer gifting at Mrs. Fields. In this newly created position, Aylward will oversee e-commerce sales and brand marketing initiatives. Aylward previously was vice president of e-commerce at Ascena Retail Group Inc, a specialty retailer for women and tweens. Famous Brands is a portfolio company of Z Capital.

Findly, a portfolio company of Symphony Technology Group, has hired Samantha Loveland as senior vice president of customer success. Previously, Loveland worked at Yammer, where she served as vice president of worldwide customer engagement. Based in San Francisco, Findly is a talent platform.

JP Energy Partners, which is backed by ArcLight Capital Partners, has named Patrick Welch as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Welsh has been the firm’s interim CFO since last November. Prior to joining JP Energy Partners, Welch worked at Opportune LLP, where he served as a managing director. Based in Irving, Texas, JP Energy Partners is a midstream energy company.

NetApp’s board chairman and former CEO Dan Warmenhoven will step down from his position. NetApp CEO Tom Georgens will replace him as board chairman. Nicholas Moore, lead independent director at NetApp, also will retire from the board. Michael Nevens, a senior adviser at private equity fund Permira, will become lead independent director. Based in Sunnyvale, California, NetApp is a provider of storage and data management technologies.

Z-Medica, which is backed by DW Healthcare Partners, has hired Stephen J. Fanning as president and CEO. Previously, Fanning was the chairman, president and CEO of Solta Medical. Based in Wallingford, Connecticut, Z-Medical is a maker of blood clotting technology products.