Promotions – March 24, 2014

ACE Group has named Seth Gillston as executive vice president to lead the firm’s newly expanded M&A practice. In his new position, Gillston, who is based in New York City, will focus on coordinating a team of underwriters to help address the needs of the private equity industry and the M&A process. Gillston adds this responsibility to his current role within ACE Risk Management, ACE’s primary casualty business, as well as underwriting transactional-specific products done through ACE Financial Solutions. ACE Group is a multiline property and casualty insurer.

Baird Capital has promoted Roberto Ferranti from vice president to principal. Prior to working at Baird Capital, Ferranti was the vice president in the corporate recovery group of Mesirow Financial. Baird Capital is the private investment unit of Robert W. Baird & Co.

Mid-market buyout firm Genstar Capital Management has promoted Roman A. Margolin to principal and Katie M. Solomon to director. Prior to joining Genstar, Margolin was an associate at Willis Stein & Partners, while Solomon was the vice president of human capital and investor relations at Vector Capital.

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has appointed Robina Barker Bennett as head of its North America financial institutions team based in New York. She will transfer from the bank’s London headquarters and will continue to be Lloyds Bank’s global funds director, a role she has held since 2010. She will report to Mark Grant, CEO commercial banking, North America, in the U.S., and Edward Thurman, managing director, financial institutions, in the UK.

Meketa Investment Group has named Michael Dean as head of real assets and Christopher Tehranian as senior vice president and head of infrastructure research. Meketa is a global investment consulting firm.

VMG Partners has promoted Jarom Fawson to principal. Fawson joined VMG in 2012 as vice president and has worked on sourcing new opportunities, due diligence, deal execution and portfolio company oversight. Fawson oversees VMG’s investments in Kernel Seasons, a popcorn seasoning maker, and is a board member of Speck Products. Prior to VMG, Fawson was a senior vice president at Moelis & Co.