Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BR) — Maura Markus has joined the investor communication and securities provider as an independent member of its board of directors. Following the appointment, Broadridge’s board now consists of nine members. Markus is currently president and chief operating officer of Bank of the West, a position she has held since March 2010. She is also a board member of Bank of the West and BancWest Corp. Prior to joining Bank of the West, Markus was a 22-year veteran of Citigroup where she held a number of positions including, most recently, head of international retail banking.
CoBe Capital — The investment firm, which focuses on acquiring the non-core assets of large corporations, has hired Knuth Schmidt (pictured) as a director of operations for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Schmidt, a trained engineer, has managed a diverse set of manufacturing companies, including Dynamit Novel Knuststoff, Lista and Fridola Tech. He has also previously worked in engineering and operations at Daimler and Siemens. The firm, which was launched in 1994, specializes in acquiring non-core and underperforming business units of global corporations across Europe and the Americas.
Houlihan Lokey — The investment bank announced that Lyle Wilpon has joined the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group as a managing director, based in New York. Wilpon joins from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he has been since 1999. He was most recently head of the firm’s middle market M&A group. Wilpon, who began his investment banking career in 1988, spent six years as an M&A specialist at Credit Suisse First Boston focused on the healthcare sector. Before that, he held positions at Lazard Frères and Wasserstein Perella.
Intel Capital — Sumeet Jain has joined the venture firm as an investment director focusing on consumer Internet, mobile and software investments. He was previously a partner at CMEA Capital, which he joined in 2008, and sits on the boards of Apriso Corp., Blekko, Intermolecular, Luminate, WorkingPoint and Zarly.
Lighter Capital — Molly Gregg Otter (pictured) was named vice president. She was previously a vice president at AEA Investors. There, she was integral in closing the firm’s first mezzanine fund and worked to establish four mezzanine and senior debt funds that invest directly in middle-market companies. Earlier in her career, Otter worked as an associate at American Capital Strategies, a business development corporation. Prior to that, she was at GSC Partners where she worked as a generalist, evaluating and making investments in their private equity, collateralized debt obligations, and distress debt funds.
Loeb & Loeb LLP — Ross Emmerman has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner. The 25-year M&A veteran also handles securities offerings, venture capital and private equity financings, as well as general corporate counseling and private wealth services. Most recently, he was a partner in the corporate and securities practice at Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in Chicago.
VMG Partners — The private equity firm promoted Wayne Wu to principal. Wu joined VMG in 2008 as an associate with diverse experience in transactions, operations, and accounting. Since then, he has worked on transactions across the firm’s investment focus, including in the food, beverage, pet and household products, lifestyle and personal care sectors. He was promoted to vice president in 2010. Prior to joining VMG, he was chief financial officer and vice president of corporate development for Thomason Autogroup. He also was an investment banker with RBC Capital Markets, and he began his career as an associate at Deloitte & Touche LLP.