Movers & shakers: Feb. 23, 2012 - Movers & shakers(The Deal Pipeline)
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Movers & shakers: Feb. 23, 2012

by Baz Hiralal

Energy lawyer Elaine Walsh, covering transactional and regulatory matters, joined Baker Botts LLP as a partner in Washington from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She recently worked on Constellation Energy Group Inc.'s $7.9 billion sale to Electricité de France SA. Walsh also worked on Princeton, N.J., power producer NRG Energy Inc.'s deals to acquire Green Mountain Energy Co. for $350 million and Energy Plus Holdings LLC for $190 million.

BlackRock Inc. named Leland Clemons as head of Europe, Middle East and Africa capital markets, iShares. He was most recently head of the U.S. capital markets division for iShares. Clemons came over in BlackRock's deal to acquire Barclays Global Investors for $13.5 billion in 2009.

Robert W. Baird & Co. made Gordon Pan managing partner of Baird Private Equity. He was a partner with Baird Capital Partners for seven years and, before that, spent three years as a partner with Baird Venture Partners. Before that, he was a principal with One Equity Partners.

Pan replaces Paul Carbone, who joined Pritzker Group, a Chicago private investment firm led by Tony Pritzker and J.B. Pritzker and representing Pritzker family interests.

In addition, Scott Skie, who was BPE's chief administrative officer since 2005, was promoted to chief operating officer. Aaron Rudberg, who joined Baird Private Equity in 2008, was named a partner of BPE, continuing in his role as director of investor relations, marketing and business development.

VTB Capital expanded its investment banking business in Dubai, hiring James Williams as head of Middle East equity trading; Nick Bye, Middle East equity structuring; Karim Nsouli, head of Middle East cash equity sales and sales trading; Ali Salam, head of strategic equity distribution, Middle East; and Ziad Al Amin, head of multiproduct origination and distribution, Middle East. Williams was an equity trader at Credit Suisse Group, where Bye, Nsouli and Salam also worked. Amin was with UBS.

Investment manager GAM tapped Charles Hepworth and James McDaid as investment director and investment manager, respectively, for discretionary fund management. Since 2001, Hepworth was head of managed portfolio services at Quilter & Co. Ltd., which Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is selling to BridgePoint Advisers Ltd. for north of $270 million. McDaid was a senior associate in Quilter's MPS business. Hepworth joined Quilter in 1994, while McDaid joined in 2001. They work from London.

New York hedge fund Alphabet Management LLC hired Scott Saiers as head trader.

Saiers was previously a managing director and head of the U.S. equity-linked trading desk at UBS, where he spent 11 years. He is the brother of Alphabet chief investment officer Nelson Saiers.

Johnson & Johnson named Alex Gorsky as CEO, effective April 26. He succeeds Bill Weldon, who has been chairman and CEO since 2002. Weldon will remain chairman of the board. The move comes after a spate of J&J product recalls, from its DePuy hip implants to various pain medications such as infant Tylenol. Gorsky will also succeed Weldon as chairman of the executive committee.

Gorsky is vice chairman of the executive committee, responsible for the medical devices and diagnostics group, global supply chain, healthcare compliance and privacy and government affairs and policy. Sheri McCoy, who was also a candidate for CEO, becomes vice chair of the executive committee. She will continue to lead the pharmaceuticals and consumer groups, maintaining responsibility for information technology.

Gorsky began his J&J career in 1988, leaving in 2004 to become head of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s pharmaceuticals business in North America. He returned in 2008. Gorsky graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and spent six years in the U.S. Army. He later got an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Energy lawyer Elaine Walsh, covering transactional and regulatory matters, joined Baker Botts LLP as a partner in Washington from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.