Churchill Asset Management Promotes Several Investment, Investor Relations, Finance and Operations Professionals

Firm Also Announces Senior Lending Investment Professional Mark Tamburello Joins Company as Principal in Charlotte Office

New York, February 27, 2020 – Churchill Asset Management LLC (“Churchill”), an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen providing customized financing solutions to private equity firms and their portfolio companies, today announced the promotions of several employees, including Head of Operations Heather McNally to Managing Director. The firm also announced the hire of Mark Tamburello to the senior lending Underwriting & Portfolio Management team as Principal.

Since joining Churchill in early 2016, Head of Operations Ms. McNally has been responsible for building out Churchill’s loan operations team, in addition to overseeing the firm’s CLO platform and leverage facilities. Ms. McNally has more than 14 years of loan operations and CLO management experience.

“As Churchill grows, we continue to enhance and strengthen our firm, which now ranks as one of the most active private capital investors in the middle market today with over $5 billion of annual investment activity and $22 billion of committed capital,” said Ken Kencel, President and CEO of Churchill. “We are very proud of the team we have built and these well-deserved promotions reflect our continued commitment to the growth and development of our employees. In particular, Heather has played a key role in the success of Churchill, and we believe her leadership and experience will be instrumental as we continue to build long-term value for our investors, private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies.”

The following individuals have also been promoted across Churchill’s two investment teams, as well as its investor relations, finance and operations departments:

Senior Lending

  • Sean Mancini to Principal, Origination
  • Jill White to Principal, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
  • Sanjeet Singh to Vice President, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
  • Paul Cipriani to Associate, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
  • Jad Abdul-Aal to Senior Analyst, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
  • Jordan Kenney to Senior Analyst, Underwriting & Portfolio Management
  • Colin Miller to Senior Analyst, Underwriting & Portfolio Management

Junior Capital & Private Equity Solutions

  • David McManama to Principal
  • Dodson Worthington to Principal
  • Erica Meyers to Vice President
  • Adam Froendt to Associate

Investor Relations, Finance and Operations

  • Jessica Tannenbaum to Principal, Investor Relations & Marketing
  • Marissa Short to Principal, Funds Controller
  • Luke Garriton to Vice President, Operations
  • Meghan Lucas to Executive Assistant

Kencel adds, “We are also thrilled to welcome Mark Tamburello back to Churchill’s senior loan investment team as a Principal. Having worked with Mark at Churchill’s predecessor company, it is clear that he shares our disciplined approach to credit underwriting and risk management, as well as our unwavering commitment to our clients.”

Mr. Tamburello had previously joined Churchill’s predecessor, Churchill Financial, in 2010 and remained with the firm through its ownership by The Carlyle Group, where he served as a private credit investment professional for nine years. He brings fourteen years of experience evaluating investment opportunities across the capital structure to the firm and will be based in Churchill’s Charlotte, NC office.

About Churchill Asset Management LLC

Churchill, an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen (the asset manager of TIAA), provides customized financing solutions to private equity firms and their portfolio companies across the capital structure. With $22 billion of committed capital under management, our solutions include first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, in addition to equity co-investments and private equity fund investments. Churchill has a long history of disciplined investing across multiple economic cycles and our unique origination strategy, best in class execution and investment are driven by more than 60 professionals in New York, Charlotte and Chicago. More information can be found at

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