People moves: Rajib Sarkar joins Keefe Bruyette & Woods' insurance group as an MD

Rajib Sarkar

Asif Ahmad has been named CEO at Ward Capital Partners-backed Dimensional Dental. Ahmad was most recently the CEO of healthcare technology company Anthelio Healthcare.

Duncan Ainscough has joined Gordon Brothers’ London office as a managing director where will be focusing on expanding the firm’s industrials services throughout Europe. Ainscough was previously with supply chain services company Liquidity Services.

Mike Anderson has been named head of investor relations at CVC Credit Partners, the credit management business of CVC. Anderson was most recently the head of investor relations at Pemberton Asset Management.

Kojo Appenteng has joined Edgemont Capital Partners as head of healthcare investment technology investment banking. Appenteng most recently led HCIT investment banking at Credit Suisse.

Chris Blake has joined Perella Weinberg Partners as a partner. Most recently with Citigroup (NYSE: C), Blake focuses on the automotive sector.

John Bohenick has been named CEO at Hidden Harbor-backed auto parts maker Cloyes Gear & Products. Bohenick was most recently the CEO engine parts manufacturer Dayco.

Bruno Deschamps was hired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice as an operating advisor. Deschamps is the chairman of hygiene and sanitation products company Diversey and he previously served as an operating partner for CD&R from 2002 to 2007.

Michael Fabiano has joined Platinum Equity as a managing director, where he is leading the formation of the firm’s credit investing division. Fabiano was most recently with GSO Capital Partners, the global credit investment platform of Blacktsone Group LP (NYSE: BX).

Robert Fleishman has joined Kirkland & Ellis’ Washington, D.C. office as a partner. Most recently with Morrison & Foerster, Fleishman advises on energy regulatory and compliance aspects of transactions.

Michael Gottschalk has joined investment bank PJ Solomon as a partner and managing director. Most recently with Rothschild, Gottschalk focuses on M&A in the food and beverage, personal care and household products sectors.

Jane Greyf has joined Latham & Watkins as a partner. Most recently with Goodwin, Greyf represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies on M&A.

DJ Gribbin has joined Stonepeak Partners as a senior operating partner. Gribbin previously served in the White House as special assistant to President Trump for infrastructure policy.

Jordan Hamburger has joined Sheppard Mullin’s Century City, California office as a partner. He was most recently the national co-head of M&A at Manatt Phelps & Phillips.

David Horner has been named CEO at AE Industrial Partners-backed Applied Composites Holdings, a parts maker for the aerospace and defense and automobile sectors. Horner was most recently the president of Meggitt’s polymers & composites division.

Peter Jaffe was hired as a managing director at middle market lender Gordon Brothers Finance Co., where he will be leading the firm’s financing services across Europe. Jaffe previously held roles at Grovepoint Credit and JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM).

Christine Kaniak has joined Orrick as a partner. Previously with Kirkland & Ellis, Kaniak focuses on financing in private equity and M&A.

Sophie Kornowski is joining healthcare-focused investment firm Gurnet Point Capital as a senior partner. Kornowski was formerly an executive vice president at Roche.

Minoru Koshibe has joined the Carlyle Group LP (Nasdaq: CG) in Japan as a senior advisor, where he is advising the firm on trends in the chemicals sectors. Koshibe is the former executive vice president of Mitsui Chemicals.

Benoit Lavigne has joined Morrison & Foerster’s London office as a partner. Previously with Ropes & Gray, Lavigne focues on financing and lending in cross-border M&A.

Karen Lee was hired by Kirkland & Ellis’ Palo Alto office as a partner. Most recently with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Lee concentrates on tax matters related to private equity and M&A.

James McGinnnis has been hired by PJ Solomon as a managing director to the lead the firm’s renewables coverage. McGinnis was most recently the CEO of Mainstream Renewable Capital Inc.

Joseph Morales was promoted from associate to partner at law firm Withers. Based in Greenwich, Connecticut, Morales advises on M&A, commercial real estate and corporate finance transactions. His clients include private clients, family offices, privately held companies, emerging companies and entrepreneurs.

Jennifer Roach Pacini was promoted from senior associate to vice president at Yellow Wood Partners. She joined the Boston PE firm in 2014. Pacini is one of Mergers Acquisitions’ Rising Stars of Private Equity.

Elizabeth Philipp was hired by global asset manager Capital Dynamics as a managing director and head of North American business development. Previously with Angelo, Gordon & Co., Philipp will be leading the expansion of Capital Dynamics’ relationships with institutional investors.

Edward Poletti has joined private equity fund administrator Gen II Fund Services as a senior advisor. Poletti was most recently with Credit Suisse, where helped build the firm’s global alternative fund operations business.

Larry Prior has joined the Carlyle Group LP (Nasdaq: CG) as an operating executive consultant for the aerospace, defense and government services team. Prior is the former CEO of information technology services company CSRA Inc.

Eric Roth has joined MidOcean Partners as a managing director. Roth was most recently the head of the consumer retail group at Lazard Middle Market.

Rajib Sarkar was hired by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods as a managing director in the investment bank’s insurance group. Based in New York, Sarkar was previously with Evercore Inc. (NYSE: EVR).

Nathan Seiler has been named managing partner at Ballard Spahr’s Boulder, Colorado, office. Seiler focuses on M&A in the software and information technology, life sciences, telecommunications and renewable energy sectors.

Scott Shotter has been named CEO at Axum Capital Partners-backed burger chain Back Yard Burgers. Shotter was previously the vice president of operations at Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Paul Tropp was hired by Ropes & Gray’s New York office as a partner. Previously with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Tropp represents representing issuers and underwriters in initial and follow-on public offerings and selling shareholder deals. He also represents independent boards of directors and financial advisors in M&A.

Christopher Utz was hired by investment bank Ziegler as a director. Previously with Pinta Capital Partners, Utz concentrates on M&A in the senior housing industry.

Parker Weil has joined Cowen Inc. (Nasdaq: COWN) as vice chairman of investment banking. Weil was most recently the head of industrials and natural resources investment banking at Stifel Financial Group.

Sean Wheeler was hired by Kirkland & Ellis as a partner. Previously with Latham & Watkins, Wheeler advises on M&A in the energy sector.

Zade Zalatimo has joined Houlihan Lokey Inc. (NYSE: HLI) as a managing director. Zalatimo is helping Houlihan expand its advisory services in Dubai. He most recently led Carlyle Group LP’s (Nasdaq: CG) business activities in the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia.

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