Suzanne DeTore, Daphna Shamash, Marie Pillai and Rossitsa Stoyanova start new jobs

From our Women’s PE Briefs – week commencing August 16, 2021

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Suzanne DeTore and Daphna Shamash join Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

In 2019, we wrote that we would have loved to have written about Hidden Harbor Capital Partners raising its debut fund, but that it had no women on its investment team. Well, it does now. The Boca Raton, Fla. private equity firm added Suzanne DeTore to its investment team as a vice president and Daphna Shamash as vice president of business development and marketing.

Suzanne was previously a senior associate at Digital Alpha, a San Francisco private equity firm. She also spent time at FFL Partners. Daphna was previously head of business development and director of operations at Maximus Long Short Equity. In her role at Hidden Harbor, Daphna will source investment opportunities and develop relationships with deal making constituents across the middle market.

Hidden Harbor specializes in control investments in lower middle market companies.

Marie Pillai joins Hunter Street Partners as a senior advisor

Hunter Street Partners adds former General Mills Chief Investment Officer Marie Pillai. Marie is now a senior advisor with the Minneapolis alternative investment management firm. In that role, she will provide guidance and insights to help further Hunter Street’s growth.

Marie retired from General Mills in 2019 where she also held the titles of vice president and treasurer. Marie’s background also includes serving as chief investment officer of Siemens and roles with Procter & Gamble.

Hunter Street provides capital solutions to operating partner teams and lower middle market companies across corporate finance, real estate and specialty finance.

AE Industrial Partners’ Katie Folmar is promoted to vice president

AE Industrial PartnersKatie Folmar has received a promotion. Katie is now a vice president with the Boca Raton, Fla. private equity firm. She joined in 2020 from Comvest Partners and is a member of AE’s investor relations team. Katie’s background also includes working seven years at GenSpring Family Offices, an affiliate of SunTrust Banks.

 AE specializes in aerospace, defense and government services, space, power generation and specialty industrial markets.

Rossitsa Stoyanova is named CIO of IMCO

Rossitsa Stoyanova is named chief investment officer of the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario. She will take on the role starting next month and will be based in IMCO’s Toronto office.

Rossitsa was most recently managing director and head of portfolio design and construction at CPP Investments, Canada’s largest pension fund. Her background also includes roles with GE Energy Financial Services and Deloitte.

Eugenie Cesar-Fabian of Palladium Equity Partners changes role

Eugenie Cesar-Fabian, a partner with Palladium Equity Partners, has been given new responsibilities. Eugenie, who has been the private equity firm’s general counsel and chief compliance officer, is now head of ESG & sustainability.  In that role, she will look to build upon Palladium’s 25-year commitment to ESG and diversity, equity and inclusion. The firm was a UNPRI signatory and a founding signatory of ILPA’s Diversity in Action Initiative. Eugenie joined Palladium in 2011 as its first general counsel and chief compliance officer. Palladium has nearly $3 billion in assets under management.

Avante Capital Partners promotes Danielle Williams and adds Nicole Vatter and Emily Yin to the team

Avante Capital Partners promotes Danielle Williams and brings aboard Nicole Vatter and Emily Yin. Danielle is now an analyst with the private credit and structured equity firm. She joined Avante firm in 2019 as an executive assistant. Nicole came aboard as a vice president. She previously worked at Partners Group, a direct lending fund where she was responsible for underwriting, closing and managing middle market credit investments. Nicole also held past roles with PIMCO and PWC. And Emily came aboard as an analyst. She started with the firm as an intern in 2020.

Avante is led by managing partner Ivelisse Rodriguez Simon. The Los Angeles firm invests in the form of unitranche debt, mezzanine debt and minority equity in high-quality, lower middle market businesses generating at least $3 million in cash flow.

Polaris brings aboard Amanda Platek, Frederikke Beck and Olga Court-Payen

Polaris, a Nordic private equity firm, adds Amanda Platek, Frederikke Beck and Olga Court-Payen to its team. Amanda has been brought aboard to establish the firm’s investor relations activities. She previously held roles with Capstone in New York and within Barclays’ Brokerage Division.

Frederikke joins as associate from a similar position at KIRKBI. Frederikke has previously worked as an analyst at JP Morgan’s Nordic M&A team in London.

Olga joins as associate from a similar position at Carnegie Investment Bank and has previously worked at Oaklins in Copenhagen.

Polaris is a Nordic private equity company investing in companies in the mid-market.

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