Highland Capital promotes two to GP

The Massachusetts venture capital firm has announced that Jon Auerbach and Fergal Mullen will continue to focus on the wireless and software sectors, respectively, as general partners.

Lexington, Massachusetts-based early stage venture capital firm Highland Capital Partners has announced that Jon Auerbach and Fergal Mullen have been promoted to general partners.

Auerbach joined the firm in 2000 and focuses on the communications sector, specializing in wireless infrastructure opportunities. He previously worked as a business journalist covering the wireless industry for the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe.

Mullen focuses on software and services companies in North American and Europe. Before coming to Highland, he served as founding partner of RSA Ventures, the corporate venture fund of IT security company RSA Security.

Highland Capital, founded in 1988, is currently investing out of its $800 million sixth fund closed back in 2001. The firm has more than $1.8 billion in committed capital and invests in the communications, healthcare and information technology sectors.