Keith Ferguson will be the University of Washington's first chief investment officer, managing its $1 billion endowment, effective Dec. 1. He will work with the UW investment committee and board of regents in developing investment policies. Mr. Ferguson will report to V'Ella Warren, vice president for financial management and treasurer of the board of regents. Mr. Ferguson was group leader and vice president for quantitative and structured investments at Fidelity Investments. Information about a replacement was not available at press time.
Michael Moreno joined Black Diamond Capital Management as managing director, a new position. He will be responsible for marketing and investor relations for all of the firm's alternative asset strategies, which include hedge funds, structured vehicles and distressed debt. Mr. Moreno was a principal at Atlantic-Pacific Capital, where he raised capital for private equity, distressed, real estate and hedge fund managers. Alexander L. Leykikh, an associate at Atlantic-Pacific Capital, did not return a call by press time seeking information about Mr. Moreno's replacement.
Amar Sil joined hedge fund-of-funds manager Focus Investment Group as director of risk management, a new position. Mr. Sil was director and senior risk manager for mortgages and fixed-income derivatives at Citigroup; Mary Athridge, a Citigroup spokeswoman, did not return a call requesting information on Mr. Sil's replacement. Colleen Huggins was hired as vice president of marketing, a new position. Ms. Huggins was manager of the natural resources team at U.S. Trust Co.; Karen Blankfeld, a spokeswoman there, did not return a call by press time seeking information on Ms. Huggins' replacement. Betty Estacio also was hired as assistant vice president of marketing. She was the web administrator at Tremont Capital.