Private equity firms

Advent International has appointed healthcare veteran Lincoln Chee to its operating partner program in China. Chee will advise and work closely with Advent to identify investment opportunities and generate post-investment value within the regional healthcare sector.

Capita chief executive Paul Pindar is to step down in early 2014 after 26 years at the firm, Reuters reported. Pindar, who joined Capita from private equity house 3i Group, is leaving to establish a portfolio of private equity opportunities, the firm said.

Franklin Templeton Investments has appointed Peter Vincent as head of alternatives sales, Europe. Vincent formerly worked at Fauchier Partners for seven years where he was responsible for institutional business development and client relations. Reporting to Jamie Hammond, managing director, Europe, Vincent is responsible for new business development of the group’s alternative products in Europe.

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission appointed veteran dealmaker Mary Ma as non-executive director, looking to benefit from her experience as a top executive at computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd and private equity firms TPG Capital and Boyu Capital.

LLR Partners has named Ira (Gus) Hunt, former chief technology officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, as an operating partner. Hunt will help LLR evaluate new investment opportunities in the security, defense and government services sectors. LLR recently opened an office in Arlington, Virginia, and hired two industry veterans, Jason Rigoli and Michael Levenberg, to expand its security practice.

London Pensions Fund Authority has appointed Robert Vandersluis to its board as a non-executive director. Vandersluis is GlaxoSmithKline’s director of global pension investments.

Lubar & Co has hired James Rauh as a partner. Prior to joining Lubar & Co, Rauh worked at a number of top investment firms, which include Northern Trust Corp, Johnson Financial Group and Robert W. Baird & Co. Based in Milwaukee, Lubar & Co is a private investment firm and family office for the Lubar family.

Dallas and Nashville-based private equity firm Pharos Capital Group has hired Joshua Brown as a senior financial analyst. Brown, who is based in the firm’s Dallas office, will be responsible for deal review, financial due diligence and financial modeling. Previously, he worked at the Chicago-based William Blair & Co, where he served as an investment banking analyst in the healthcare group.

Summer Street Capital Partners has hired Garth T. Troxell as a partner. In his new role, Troxell will be involved in all aspects of Summer Street’s investment activities and portfolio management. He will also lead Summer Street’s investor relations efforts. Based in Buffalo, New York, Summer Street Capital Partners is a private equity group.

TA Associates has announced two strategic hires in newly created senior roles. Jeffrey C. Hadden has joined as chief operating officer and general counsel, and Kevin L. Masse has joined the firm as chief portfolio officer. Both serve in TA’s Boston office. Hadden served as TA’s outside general counsel since 1987 in his role as partner in Goodwin Procter’s business law department. Masse was formerly a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Terra Firma has appointed Ingmar Wilhelm as financial managing director. Wilhelm will join Terra Firma’s dedicated renewable energy investment team at the beginning of January. This announcement follows the appointment of Stefan Thiele as operational managing director earlier this year.

Jennifer Morais, a funds commitment professional who worked at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for around eight years, is joining TPG Capital on the investor relations team, according to four people familiar with the situation.

Kevin Sofield has joined Vista Equity Partners as head of capital markets. Sofield previously worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey as a managing director in the financial sponsors group.

Warburg Pincus has named Robert B. Knauss as general counsel and managing director. Previously, Knauss, who is based in the firm’s New York office, worked at Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles, where he served as a corporate partner and focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities and private equity.

Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused on the healthcare industry, has appointed Katie Ossman to vice president. Ossman will support Water Street with identifying new investment opportunities, and developing and implementing strategic plans to expand its group of health care companies. Ossman formerly worked as an associate with Avista Capital Partners, where she focused on investments in the healthcare, consumer and industrial sectors.

The Wyoming Retirement System has hired Sam Masoudi as the system’s new chief investment officer. Masoudi has worked with a wide variety of investment types including public equities, private equity, fixed income, real estate and hedge funds. He previously was a managing director of the endowment investment office of Tulane University, a position he held for five and a half years.