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Movers & shakers: April 22, 2014

by Baz Hiralal

Greenwich, Conn.-based Centerview Capital Holdings LLC enlisted Brian K. Ratzan as a partner in its consumer private equity business, which he will co-manage with co-founders and partners David M. Hooper and James M. Kilts. Ratzan was partner and head of U.S. private equity at Pamplona Capital Management LLP. Before joining Pamplona in 2012, he was partner and head of consumer at Vestar Capital Partners, which he joined in 1998 and where he worked with Hooper for years. Ratzan also worked at '21' International Holdings, a private investment firm, and in the investment banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Inc.

Ratzan most recently sat at the deal table with Centerview in 2011 when an investor group led by funds affiliated with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP, Vestar and Centerview paid about $5.3 billion to acquire Del Monte Foods Co., which was renamed Big Heart Pet Brands in February.

Centerview also operates a technology fund based in San Francisco where partners include former AT&T Corp. chairman and CEO Dave Dorman, former Cisco Systems Inc. head dealmaker Ned Hooper and former Cisco corporate development member and Skype Technologies SA advertising and monetization head Sandhya Venkatachalam.

New York private equity firm GenNx360 Capital Partners, which invests in middle market industrial and business services companies, hired Glen Bushery as chief financial officer. For the past decade, he was CFO and chief compliance officer at Falconhead Capital LLC, a lower-middle market private equity firm. Before that, Bushery was controller for Vestar Capital Partners, handling financial reporting process and administrative functions of about 20 active entities, including Vestar's three private equity fund partnership entities totaling about $4 billion under management.

Bushery was previously an assistant controller at Blackstone Group LP. He also held public accounting positions at Raich Ende Malter Lerner & Co. LLP and Horne Nadler & Co.

In February, GenNx360 hired Latasha M. Akoma as an operating partner, reporting to founding and managing partner Lloyd G. Trotter.

Akoma held several management posts at Harley-Davidson Motor Co. She joined Harley as director of manufacturing operations in 2009 and became general manager two years later. Earlier, she was senior manager of paint operations at Chrysler LLC, formerly DaimlerChrysler AG.

In January, the firm tapped Otis Spencer Jr. as an operating partner, reporting to Trotter. Spencer was a manufacturing strategy and operations adviser at WBS Financial Inc. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1990 to 2003, including as director of administration and operations in Iraq and Kuwait, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for leadership in the first-ever wartime employment of a containerized fuel pipeline and terminal distribution system. Spencer had also been vice president of defense operations for Varec Inc. and general manager at TAMKO Building Products Inc.

Jeff Baevsky, experienced in commercial real estate finance, joined financial services and investment group Greystone as a managing director. He was most recently director of capital markets at Gramercy Capital Corp., arranging corporate and project debt and leading secondary loan trading activities. Previously, Baevsky was a managing director at CW Capital in the structured finance group, originating highly leveraged non-recourse loans. He was also a senior vice president at Wachovia Bank, in charge of the firm's coverage of private institutional owners of real estate. Baevsky started his career at Deutsche Bank AG in leveraged finance, syndication and structured finance.

Arnold & Porter LLP announced that the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, David Huebner, joined the firm as a partner in its international arbitration, public international law, and national security practices. He is resident in Los Angeles and will focus on intellectual property-intensive industries as well as energy, infrastructure and construction projects.

Earlier, Huebner spent two decades in international law practice in the Asia Pacific region, most recently heading the international dispute resolution and China practices of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP from the Shanghai office that he established. He practiced there from September 2005 to December 2009. Before that, Huebner was chairman and CEO of Coudert Brothers LLP from 2003. The firm filed for bankruptcy a year after he left. Huebner joined Coudert in May 1992 after starting out at Irell & Manella LLP, where he was an associate focused on complex civil litigation and intellectual property.

Advisor Partners brought in Rahul Agrawal as head of equities. The MIT graduate was a vice president with Deutsche Bank AG, where he managed derivatives risk. Before that, he was a vice president and portfolio manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, creating and managing beta portfolios.

The firm is a subsidiary of Advisor Software, which acquired Advisor Partners in 2009.

Ryan Murr joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP firm as a partner. Previously a managing partner of Ropes & Gray LLP's San Francisco office, he will be co-chair of Gibson Dunn's life sciences practice and will continue to represent technology and life sciences companies, as well as investors in these industries on their corporate law matters. Murr previously practiced with Goodwin Procter LLP and Heller Ehrman LLP and was an associate at Gibson Dunn's Orange County, Calif., office from 1998 to 2000.

Clippings from the next column:

-- AllianceBernstein LP adds Christopher Thompson as head of its U.S. retail client group.
-- Brad Thomas becomes head of global consultant relations at Eaton Vance Distributors Inc.
-- Carlyle Group's Julius Genachowski joins the board of Syniverse.


Arnold & Porter LLP announced that the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, David Huebner, joined the firm as a partner.