Abacus Finance Group LLC — The New York-based lending company announced two staff promotions: Robby Abraham to vice president, and Song Pettus to senior associate. Abraham first joined Abacus in October 2011 as a senior associate on the investment team. Previously, he was with York Street Capital Partners, H.I.G. Capital and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Pettus joined Abacus in January 2012. Before that, he held positions at Churchill Financial LLC, PricewaterhouseCoopers and FTI Consulting.

Carlyle Group LP (Nasdaq: CG) — The alternative asset manager hired Julius Genachowski to be managing director. A former head of the Federal Communications Commission, Genachowski will work out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. headquarters where he will help source investments in the technology, media and telecommunications sector. Before his time with the FCC, Genachowski worked as chief of business operations and, before that, general counsel at IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI); a special adviser at Greenwich, Conn.-based General Atlantic LLC; and as co-founder of venture capital firm LaunchBox Digital. In the 1990s, he was chief counsel to FCC chairman Reed Hundt, as well as special counsel to general counsel William Kennard, who was later FCC chairman from 1997 to 2001.

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