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International financial services firm Baird has promoted Steve Booth to chief operating officer. Booth takes on the new role in addition to his current responsibilities as director of investment banking and co-head of Baird’s equity capital markets business. The plan calls for Booth eventually to succeed Paul Purcell, Baird’s chairman, president and CEO.

Commonfund has appointed Bradford K. Gallagher as chairman of its board of trustees. Gallagher succeeds Laurance R. Hoagland, who has retired from the board after serving a 12-year term. Gallagher has been member of the Commonfund board of trustees since 2005 and is most recently founder and president of Spyglass Investments LLC. Commonfund has also announced the retirement of Charles J. Pippin from its board, again after serving a term of 12 years.

Energy Investors Funds has promoted eight of its senior staff. Mitch Coddington and Mark Segel have been promoted to senior partner from partner. Keith Derman, Warren MacGillivray, Andrew Pike, Cam Reese, Jose Torres-Monllor and Mark Voccola have been promoted to partner from senior vice president.

Ferrer Freeman & Co., a buyout firm based in in Greenwich, Conn., and focused on health care deals, has promoted Ryan Kirkpatrick and Justin Yang to principal and added Michael O’Rourke as an associate. Kirkpatrick joined FFC in 2007. Yang joined FFC in 2006. O’Rourke joins FFC from CIT’s health care investment banking group.

Grey Mountain Partners has promoted Ben Ault to managing director. He joined the Boulder, Colo.-based private equity firm in 2004. Previously, he worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Goldman Sachs.

Chicago-based middle market financial and operational advisory firm MorrisAnderson has promoted Alpesh Amin to managing director from director. In this role, Amin will support MorrisAnderson’s advisory services for distressed companies and private equity firms.

Norwest Venture Partners, a venture capital and growth equity investor based in Palo Alto, Calif., has promoted Matthew Howard and Jeff Crowe to managing partner, and Sonya Brown to general partner. The firm also announced that Promod Haque has been named to senior managing partner.

New York-based buyout firm Pine Brook has named Kristin Gilbert as principal on the financial services investment team. Gilbert, an investment professional with nine years of experience, joined Pine Brook’s financial services team in March 2010.

TA Associates has promoted Elizabeth de Saint-Aignan to principal from senior vice president. She works in the firm’s Boston office. Dhiraj Poddar was promoted to principal and director in the Mumbai office of TA Associates Advisory Pvt Ltd. And Patrick Sader was promoted to principal from senior vice president. He serves in the firm’s London office.

TM Capital, a mid-market investment bank based in New York, Boston and Atlanta, has promoted Andrew Redmond to vice president. Redmond was previously an associate at Mirus Capital Advisors.

Data center and cloud computing company ViaWest has named Bob Newman as the company’s chief operating officer. Newman joined ViaWest in 2010 as senior vice president of service delivery. ViaWest is backed by Oak Hill Capital Partners LP.