RockPort adds former InterWest partner

The Boston-based venture firm has bolstered its Silicon Valley office with the appointment of Victor Westerlind as a general partner. RockPort closed its third cleantech fund last June on $453m, slightly above its hard cap.

Venture capital firm RockPort Capital Partners has hired former InterWest Partners executive Victor Westerlind as a general partner to work at the cleantech-focused firm’s Silicon Valley office.

Westerlind brings venture experience from several sectors, including semiconductors, advanced materials and the wireless and enterprise hardware industries, the firm said in a statement.

Westerlind also worked at Applied Materials, where he helped bring semiconductor physical vapour deposition

Westerlind: former

equipment into the flat panel display industry. Westerlind was an engineer in the venture-backed startup Candescent Technologies, developing field emission flat panel display technology.

RockPort closed its third cleantech fund last June on $453 million, slightly above its $450 million hard cap. The firm defines cleantech as energy and power, advanced materials and process and prevention technologies. The firm targets early, middle and late stage companies.

Matt Levin contributed to this report.