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Hercules Technology Growth Capital has appointed Jessica Baron to permanently serve as chief financial officer. Baron has served as the company’s vice president of finance and interim chief financial officer since June 2011. Baron joined the company in October 2006 as corporate controller and was promoted to vice president of finance in October 2010.

Boston-based NXT Capital has promoted Peter Fair to managing director of its venture finance group. Fair, who is based in NXT’s Palo Alto office, came to the firm through Velocity Financial, which merged into NXT Capital last October. Fair also also worked as a director at TriplePoint Capital, and as a principal with the San Francisco-based private equity firm Telegraph Partners.

Chicago-based Prudential Capital Group has appointed Bill Engelking to lead its Chicago office. Prudential Capital makes mid-market private equity investments. Engelking joined Prudential in 1997. His promotion comes as part of the company’s strategy to position its U.S. regional corporate finance platform for expansion, first announced on Jan. 31.