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HarbourVest makes raft of promotions including three new MDs

Private equity form HarbourVest Partners has elevated Nate Bishop, Carolina Espinal and Aris Hatch to Managing Director, and promoted eight other senior professionals worldwide.

“As a firm, we are extremely proud of the team we have in place.  At every level, promotions reflect a clear and demonstrated commitment to our clients – to support their investment goals, protect and drive value, and further strengthen businesses across the globe,” says Peter Wilson, Managing Director.  “The HarbourVest team today is as strong as ever and we are proud to be in a position to reward the excellence and significant professional contribution of our senior talent.”
Bishop, promoted to Managing Director, Boston. Bishop focuses on coordinating, monitoring, and enhancing relationships with new and existing North America -based investors and consultants. Since joining the firm in 2008, he has been instrumental in developing strategic relationships throughout the investor and consultant community. Bishop was previously with Meketa Investment Group.
Espinal, promoted to Managing Director, London. Espinal focuses on evaluating and monitoring European venture capital and buyout fund investments and has collaborated with the secondary group on several investment opportunities. She joined HarbourVest in 2004 and currently serves on the advisory boards of funds managed by Abénex Capital, ECI, Inflexion, and Holtzbrinck Ventures.  
Hatch, promoted to Managing Director, Boston. Hatch coordinates, monitors and enhances relationships with new and existing North American investors and consultants.  She also manages HarbourVest’s custom solutions business.  She joined HarbourVest in 2008 from Rock Maple Funds, a multi-strategy fund-of-hedge funds manager.
Francisco Arboleda, promoted to Principal, Bogotá. Arboleda focuses on fund investments and direct co-investments in Latin America and actively participates on many Latin American manager Advisory Boards. Arboleda joined HarbourVest in 2011 from Porvenir – the largest pension fund in Colombia.
Alex Barker, promoted to Principal, London. Barker focuses on European and emerging markets venture capital and buyout fund investments with a concentration on opportunity sourcing in the French, Nordic, Italian, and Benelux markets. He participates on the Advisory Boards of a variety of funds, including partnerships managed by Permira, InvestIndustrial, Chequers, and BDC. Barker joined HarbourVest in 2010 from Hermes GPE.
Minjun Chung, promoted to Principal. Chung joined HarbourVest in 2011 and focuses on investment opportunities and client relations in Korea. Chung – a South Korean national who speaks fluent Japanese – has led the development of HarbourVest’s Korean investor base.  His past experience includes Qatar Holding and Pantheon Capital (Asia).
John Fiato, promoted to Principal, Boston. Fiato is an integral member of the secondary investment team, both contributing to and leading multiple traditional and complex transactions.  He also manages the closing process related to new secondary investments. Fiato joined HarbourVest in 1994.
Craig MacDonald, promoted to Principal, London. MacDonald joined HarbourVest’s direct investment team in Boston in 2005 before relocating to London in 2009. In his ten years with the firm, MacDonald played a pivotal role in multiple direct co-investments, including Alexander Forbes (AFH), Paris Re (PRE), Photobox, and Nordax (NDX). MacDonald’s prior experience includes Morgan Stanley. 
Nhora Otálora, promoted to Principal, Bogotá. Otálora is responsible for client relations across Latin America.  She coordinates, monitors, and enhances relationships with new and existing Latin American investors and consultants. Otálora joined HarbourVest in 2012 from Bancoldex in Colombia.
Bruce Pixler – CPA, promoted to Senior Vice President, Boston. Pixler is responsible for coordinating the global tax compliance function for all of the HarbourVest entities. Additionally, he leads the team’s tax diligence efforts – working closely with members of the investment teams and outside advisors to ensure that tax considerations are evaluated and appropriately addressed during the investment decision process.

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