New appointments

Nextance names former IBM exec as new CEO

Redwood City software and services firm Nextance Inc. hired Bill Wagstaff as its CEO. He led worldwide strategy at IBM’s Business Intelligence and Analytics line. Nextance also hired formerIBM staffer Sig Lackner as VP of professional services.

FINANCE

» Global Crown Capital LLC in San Francisco hired Marc Arnett as senior executive director of institutional trading. He was head trader at Hoefer & Arnett.

» Menlo Park’s Mayfield Fund hired Navin Chadha as managing director. He was a partner at Gabriel Venture Partners.

» Benchmark Capital in Menlo Park hired Elie Wurtman as a general partner in its Israel office.

» Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. has hired Thomas Knight as SVP of business development of its institutional cash distributors

division.

» ThinkEquity Partners LLC, a San Francisco investment bank, hired Steve Bono as a principal.

AVIATION

» Sausalito commercial jet engine lessor Willis Lease Finance Corp. hired Lee Beaumont as COO and promoted Don Nunemaker to general manager of leasing and Steve Oldenburg as general manager of trading.

TECHNOLOGY

» Salesforce.com in San Francisco hired Lindsey Armstrong as co-president of Salesforce.com’s Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

» San Mateo company Tablus Inc. hired Anne Bonaparte as president and CEO.

» Splunk.com in The City hired Nancy Leon as VP of partnering.

» Mike Clary, former VP of Sun Microsystems, joined the Board of Directors of Radar Networks in San Francisco. The company also hired Lew Tucker as its VP and CTO.

» The Open Group, an open standards and global interoperability consortium, elected Kestrel Technology CEO John Anton as customer council representative to the board. Sam Ceccola, deputy CTO for BEA Systems, was selected as supplier council representative for the board.

ENTERTAINMENT

» San Mateo mobile entertainment firm I-play hired Leighton Webb as senior VP of content strategy and licensing.

Endorsement: Vote yes on Prop. A to strengthen public transportation in San Francisco

Prop. A will bolster S.F. investment in upgrades to public transporation

Fun, free, cheap: What to do in San Francisco this week

Car-free fun in Bayview, blooms and salsa at Union Square, outdoor films