Adams Street Partners hires Commonfund co-head of VC

The Chicago-based firm has hired Brijesh Jeevarathnam as partner and co-head of global venture fund investments.

Adams Street Partners has named Brijesh Jeevarathnam a partner and co-head of global venture fund investments, within the primary investment team, which focuses on fund of funds, according to the firm.

He will start on 1 June in the firm's Menlo Park office and will join Kelly Meldrum, Adams Street's head of primary investments. Jeevarathnam will be investing out of the firm's regular fund of funds platform, according to a source familiar with the matter.

He joins from Commonfund Capital, where he served as managing director and co-head of global venture capital and global emerging markets. He joined Commonfund in 2006, according to his LinkedIn account.

Before his role at Commonfund, Jeevarathnam spent four years at McKinsey & Company, leading consultant teams performing due diligence, turnarounds of portfolio companies, and the development of investment and strategy for private equity firms.

“Adams Street is constantly looking to add professionals who possess the talent, energy and integrity to help our clients achieve their private market investment objectives,” said Jeff Diehl, managing partner at Adams Street, in a statement. “Brijesh possesses these traits and is one of the world's most respected venture fund investors.”

Chicago-based Adams Street Partners has been investing since 1972 and manage $27 billion of assets across primary and secondary fund investing, co-investments, private credit as well as direct venture and growth investing. The firm employs 140 professionals across eight offices worldwide.

The firm recently also hired Bill Sacher and Shahab Rashid, both from Oaktree Capital Management, to focus on private credit.