Churchill Asset Management Expands Finance and Operations Team

Marissa Short joins as Vice President, Finance

Robert Lin joins as Vice President, Operations

New York, December 5, 2018 – Churchill Asset Management (“Churchill”), a majority-owned affiliate of Nuveen focused on originating, underwriting and managing middle market senior loan investments, announced today that Marissa Short and Robert Lin have joined the firm as members of Churchill’s finance and operations team, which is led by Shai Vichness, Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer. The appointments are effective immediately.

“The collective talent, leadership and industry experience that Robert and Marissa bring will greatly enhance our ability to deliver a growing array of investment options to our investors and to meet the needs of our expanding platform. On behalf of all of us at Churchill, I welcome them both to our team,” said Vichness.

Ms. Short joins Churchill as Vice President of Finance with thirteen years of financial service experience. Prior to Churchill, she was a senior manager in the Wealth and Asset Management Practice at Ernst and Young LLP, where she was responsible for the planning, implementation and completion of financial statement audits for top tier SEC and non-SEC clients.

Mr. Lin joins Churchill as Vice President of Operations, having worked most recently at Ivy Hill Asset Management, a wholly-owned portfolio company of Ares Management. At Ivy Hill, he was responsible for surveillance, analytics and financial modeling of CLOs, leveraged facilities and a public business development company. Prior to Ivy Hill, Mr. Lin worked at American Capital, where he developed analytics and conducted surveillance on various types of loan funds.

Churchill is part of the Nuveen Private Markets platform that oversees more than $60 billion of investments on behalf of TIAA and other institutional investors. The firm is led by a senior investment team that has worked together for over a decade and has deep experience in middle market lending, averaging over 25 years of experience. To date, the Churchill team has collectively invested over $8.8 billion in middle market senior loans across more than 550 transactions.

About Churchill Asset Management LLC

Based in New York, Churchill Asset Management LLC is a leading provider of senior and unitranche debt financing for middle market companies, particularly those backed by top-tier private equity sponsors. Churchill has $5.3 billion of committed capital under management and has broad experience in all aspects of the middle market financing business, including structuring, credit analysis, syndication, and deal monitoring and oversight. More information can be found at

About Nuveen

Nuveen, the asset manager of TIAA, offers a comprehensive range of outcome-focused investment solutions designed to secure the long-term financial goals of institutional and individual investors. Nuveen has $988 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2018 and operations in 16 countries. Its affiliates offer deep expertise across a comprehensive range of traditional and alternative investments through a wide array of vehicles and customized strategies. For more information, please visit

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