People moves: Balyasny, Blackstone add to investment teams

Balyasny Asset Management and Blackstone Group made key hires this
week, while Abbey Capital and Equinox Fund Management also announced
new appointments.

*Balyasny Asset Management* has hired a team of former *Stark
Investments* executives to build a global macro platform. *Ashok
Bhatia*, the former head of macro investing at Stark, and *Colin
Lancaster*, Stark's former president and chief operating officer, will
shortly join Chicago-based Balyasny, according to a report in
_Financial News_. *Robert Dishner* and *Owen Clark*, who previously
worked on Stark's macro funds, are also joining Balyasny.

*Blackstone Alternative Asset Management* has hired *Greg Geiling* as
a managing director in its funds of hedge funds business. Geiling was
previously a portfolio manager at *Duquesne Capital Management*, the
global macro hedge fund founded by Stanley Druckenmiller. Last year,
Druckenmiller announced he was closing Duquesne and returning money to
investors. The appointment was first reported by _Pensions &

*David McCarthy* has joined the board of *Abbey Capital* as a
non-executive director. McCarthy was most recently chief investment
officer of absolute return strategies at *Sciens Capital Management*.
He previously worked at GAM and also founded Martello Investment
Management, a specialist fund of hedge funds and advisory business.
Based in Dublin, Abbey Capital manages $4.5 billion in fund of funds
invested in managed futures, global macro and foreign exchange

*Equinox Fund Management* has appointed *David DeMuth* to the
executive committee of the Frontier Fund, a fund of managed futures
programs designed for retail investors. DeMuth replaces *Ajay Dravid*
who was recently named director of risk management at *Solon Capital*,
and affiliate of Equinox. In his new role, David will be responsible
for the establishment and oversight of investment and risk management
procedures and systems for Solon's product offerings.

DeMuth is a co-founder of CFO Consulting Partners, which provides
interim CFO services to public and private companies. He has
previously worked at Kodak Polychrome Graphics, Continental Grain
Company and PepsiCo.

*Alan Gao* has joined the French asset manager *Carmignac Gestion* as
an analyst for the Asian market, specialising in China. Previously,
Gao was a credit analyst at the alternative management company *CQS*,
where he covered all the Asian equity and bond markets.

Frontier markets specialist *Terra Partners* has appointed *Danijela
Mirkov-Arkula* as an analyst in Belgrade, Serbia. She will focus on
analysing investment opportunities in the Balkans. Mirkov-Arkula was
previously at the Petroleum Industry of Serbia, 51% owned by Gazprom,
as the project manager responsible for evaluating potential
acquisitions in the Balkan region.

*Gar Wood Securities* has hired *John McCorvey* as senior vice
president of its prime brokerage business. McCorvey is tasked with
expanding Gar Wood's capital introduction service. McCorvey previously
worked at *Direct Access Partners* where he was senior advisor of
global prime services.
Source: HedgeFundsReview.Com