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Brijesh Jeevarathnam Joins Adams Street Partners as Partner

Adams Street Partners has appointed Brijesh Jeevarathnam as a Partner and Co-Head of Global Venture Fund Investments, and member of its Primary Investment Team, effective 1 June. 

Jeevarathnam joins Adams Street Partners from Commonfund, where he served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Venture Capital and Global Emerging Markets.

Jeevarathnam will join Kelly Meldrum, Adams Street's Head of Primary Investments, in the firm's Menlo Park office. "We have known Brijesh for many years, and have always admired his work," says Meldrum. "We are thrilled to welcome him onboard."

Prior to joining Adams Street Partners, Jeevarathnam was a member of the Global Investment Committee and the Operating Committee at Commonfund Capital, a global fund of funds focused on venture capital, private equity, and natural resource investments. Jeevarathnam also played a key role in Commonfund's strategy development regarding new products, markets, and client development.

Before joining Commonfund, Jeevarathnam spent four years at McKinsey & Company, where he led consultant teams performing due diligence, turnarounds of portfolio companies, and the development of investment and organizational strategy for private equity firms. Jeevarathnam began his career as a member of GE Capital's Mergers & Acquisitions team where he led acquisition-related due diligence and deal structuring. Jeevarathnam is a graduate of Harvard Business School, where he earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

"Adams Street is constantly looking to add professionals who possess the talent, energy and integrity to help our clients achieve their private market investment objectives. Brijesh possesses these traits and is one of the world's most respected venture fund investors," adds Jeff Diehl, Managing Partner at Adams Street. "The addition of Brijesh and our other outstanding hires demonstrates Adams Street's continued commitment to offer our clients world-class private investment opportunities."

In addition to Jeevarathnam, Adams Street has welcomed a number of recent high-profile hires, including Bill Sacher and Shahab Rashid, formerly of Oaktree Capital Management, and Saguna Malhotra, formerly of the Stanford Management Company.

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