Lance Larsen was named COO of the hedge fund group of ING Alternative Asset Management, a new position, said Tracey Gordon, spokeswoman. Mr. Larsen was vice president of business management and product development at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Megan Frank, MLIM spokeswoman, could not provide information by press time on Mr. Larsen's former position. ING Alternative Asset Management, a unit of ING Investment Management Americas, manages $5 billion in hedge fund and private equity assets.
Gregory Guido and David Krantz were named associates at real estate investment firm The Praedium Group, and Asim Hamid and Erik Sorensen were named analysts, said Elizabeth Fogarty, spokeswoman. They are all new positions. Mr. Guido, who will help buy and manage real estate, was an associate in acquisitions at Liquid Realty Partners, a real estate private equity firm that buys secondary interests. Mr. Krantz, who will focus on sales and property management, was an account manager and senior credit analyst in the commercial real estate lending department of Commerce Bank. Mr. Hamid, who will be in acquisitions and asset management, was an underwriter and multifamily analyst at Affirmative Equities. Mr. Sorensen, who will focus on purchases and property management, was an associate, assisting with construction oversight and commercial leasing at College Street Management, a real estate development firm.