Laurie Deaton was named director, institutional sales, at small-cap equity boutique Kayne Anderson Rudnick, confirmed spokesman Jon Brubaker.
Ms. Deaton replaced Greg Best. Mr. Best joined Morgan Stanley Investment Management as a vice president, handling institutional sales and consultant relations in the Western U.S.
Ms. Deaton is responsible for representing the firm's strategies to institutional clients and consultants in the western half of the U.S. and reports to Stephen A. Rigali, executive vice president.
Ms. Deaton was previously a principal at Hall Capital Partners. Meaghan Smith, Hall Capital spokeswoman, did not return a phone call by press time.