Susan Liu and Aidan Madigan-Curtis are on the move while Neenah Jain and Pia Sawhney earn promotions

From our Women's PE Briefs - week commencing August 9, 2021

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Aidan Madigan-Curtis joins Eclipse Ventures as a partner

Aidan Madigan-Curtis has joined Eclipse Ventures. Aidan is now a partner with the Palo Alto, Calif. venture firm. At Eclipse, she will draw on her experiences as an executive leader of large, complex operations for global brands.

Aidan joins the firm from Samsara, where she most recently served as vice president and general manager of Samsara’s Connected Sites business unit. Prior to Samsara, she helped launch the first Apple Watch and the iPhone 6S as part of Apple’s Global Operations team. Earlier in her career, she worked as an investment analyst at Bridgewater Associates.

In a statement, Aidan said, “I have always loved building businesses that aim to bridge the digital and physical worlds and have found it incredibly rewarding over the past decade to do this across core industries like manufacturing, logistics, supply chain and health care. I was excited to join the Eclipse team because I felt we shared a long-term vision and passion for making a positive impact on the bedrock sectors that drive our economy.”

Susan Liu leaves Scale Venture Partners to join Uncork Capital as a partner

Susan Liu has joined Uncork Capital after almost nine years with Scale Venture Partners. Susan is now a partner with the Palo Alto, Calif. seed-stage firm.

Earlier this year a company on whose board Susan was an observer, WalkMe, went public. She was also an observer on the boards of Unbabel; Papaya Global; Wrike, which was acquired by Vista Equity Partners; and Scout RFP, which was acquired by Workday.

Susan joined Scale in 2012 from Deutsche Bank’s technology investment banking unit.

Uncork is currently investing from a $100 million seed-stage fund and a $100 million opportunities fund.

Earlier this year, a member of Uncork’s team, Stephanie Palmeri, left the firm. She was with Uncork for a decade and had transitioned over the past year from partner to a venture partner role. Stephanie, however, stepped off the majority of her Uncork portfolio company boards in June with the exception of ClassDojo and TruckLabs.

Elicia McDonald and Jackie Vullinghs earn promotions at AirTree Ventures

AirTree Ventures promotes Elicia McDonald and Jackie Vullinghs. Elicia and Jackie are both now partners with the Australian venture firm. Elicia, who joined AirTree in 2016, has led the firm’s investments in Abyss, Different and Process Street. Jackie has been with the firm since 2018 and has backed such companies as Grow, Zoomo, Arli and Eucalyptus.

Transformation Capital welcomes Robin Mercer and Akanksha Mehta to its team

Transformation Capital welcomes Robin Mercer and Akanksha Mehta to its team.

Robin joins the Boston-based firm as director of portfolio operations from Grand Rounds, a tech-driven health care quality and navigation company, where she focused on go-to-market operations, including decision support, performance management, forecasting and reporting, pipeline management, pricing and system effectiveness. Prior to Grand Rounds, Robin spent 10 years at Optum/United Health Group where she was responsible for planning and execution of administrative, sales and operational activities for the organization.

Akanksha joins as a senior associate from her former role at Fisher Lynch Capital where she invested in technology, business services and consumer companies. Previously, she was an investment banking analyst within Deutsche Bank’s Global Healthcare Investment Banking Group.

Transformation Capital is a digital health growth equity firm dedicated to supporting commercial stage companies focused on improving people’s health and the sustainability of the health care system.

Patricia Wilkinson and Alexandra Cromer join Sera Global as partners

Sera Global, a real assets-focused advisory firm, brings aboard Patricia Wilkinson and Alexandra Cromer as it expands its real estate business. Patricia and Alexandra, who are both in London, joined the firm as partners.

Patricia will co-lead the project management function across real assets for Sera’s private capital advisory business and will also be responsible for advising general partners, operating companies and managers of real assets on capital formation and fund strategy as well as overseeing the capital raising process and business development. She was previously at Threadmark.

Alexandra will co-lead project management and deal management for Sera’s private capital advisory business. She previously spent more than 13 years at Atlantic-Pacific Capital.

Earlier this year, Sera added Maria Kang and Irene Mavroyannis to its global infrastructure private capital advisory business. Based in New York, Sera has advised on more than $100 billon in transaction volume.

Neenah Jain and Pia Sawhney are now partners at Armory Square Ventures

Armory Square Ventures has promoted Neenah Jain and Pia Sawhney. Both are now partners. Neenah is the venture firm’s CFO while Pia is its head of strategy.

Armory Square seeks to invest in software and technology-enabled services companies in emerging areas that are often overlooked by other investors, such as Upstate New York. It has offices in Syracuse, N.Y. and New York City.

Sweta Chanda leaves New York Life Investment Management to join Monroe Capital

Sweta Chanda has left her role as senior director of alternative investments strategy and business development with New York Life Investment Management to join Monroe Capital. Sweta is now managing director, head of business strategy for the private debt provider. She joined New York Life in 2017 after serving as a vice president with Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, Blackstone’s hedge fund solutions platform.

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