Magazine article American Banker

Executive Changes

Magazine article American Banker

Executive Changes

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TA Associates Inc., a Boston buyout and private equity firm, has hired A. Bruce Johnson as the managing director in charge of recapitalizations and management-led buyouts of technology companies.

Mr. Johnson rejoined the firm from idealab, a Pasadena, Calif., provider of creative capital, development, graphic design, market research, and business strategies to new Internet companies, where he was the president for two years.

Before joining TA Associates in 1992, he had been a general manager at Lotus Development Corp. Still earlier he had been a computer services research analyst at First Boston Corp., which became Credit Suisse First Boston Corp. in 1996.


Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown Inc. in New York has hired Mark Epley and Buddy Ortale as managing directors in the financial sponsors group.

Both report to Richard Byrne, the head of financial sponsors and leveraged and structured finance in the Americas for the investment banking and securities arm of Deutsche Bank AG.

Mr. Epley is a senior coverage officer working with major private equity and buyout firms. He held a similar post in equity capital markets and mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., where he worked (first at Morgan Stanley Group Inc.) for nine years.

Mr. Ortale covers mid-cap sponsors and private equity funds of high-net-worth individuals. He was a general partner at Sewanee Ventures, a private investment fund. He started his career in 1987 in the merchant banking group at Merrill Lynch & Co.

BNY ESI & Co. Inc., a brokerage subsidiary of Bank of New York Co. Inc., has hired Stephen W. Volk as the senior vice president of institutional sales.

Mr. Volk, 47, was a vice president of regional sales at Autranet Inc., a New York securities and broker-dealer subsidiary of Credit Suisse Group. …

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