Churchill’s Jill White Named an Emerging Leader By The M&A Advisor

New York, December 9, 2020 – Churchill Asset Management LLC, a specialist investment affiliate of Nuveen, is pleased to announce that Jill White, a Principal in the Underwriting and Portfolio management team, has been recognized as a winner of The M&A Advisor’s 11th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards. The awards program aims to recognize and celebrate the achievements of outstanding young professionals under the age of 40 who have achieved a significant level of success.

Since joining Churchill in 2018, Ms. White has made a significant contribution to the firm’s rapid growth and continued success by leveraging her direct lending expertise to help Churchill to continue to grow its position as a leading middle market senior lender and lead arranger in a substantial portion of its financing activity.

“On behalf of our firm, I want to congratulate Jill on this outstanding and well-deserved honor,” said Ken Kencel, President and CEO of Churchill. “Jill is a fantastic team leader, with strong technical and interpersonal skills. Our private equity clients love working with her. She has quickly become one of our go-to underwriters for complex transactions and is an important member of our team.”

Ms. White’s contributions to Churchill go far beyond her day-to-day investment role. She is actively involved in recruitment efforts, assists with new deal screening and was selected to serve on the firm’s Senior Leadership Council. Ms. White is viewed as a mentor and role model to junior investment professionals and, outside of Churchill, has been involved in a number of charitable causes, including several years volunteering with the Chicago chapter of Minds Matter.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a recipient of the Emerging Leaders Awards among other leading industry professionals,” said Ms. White. “I’m so thankful for the support of my very talented colleagues who I get to work with day-in and day-out for putting their trust in me to take on various roles throughout the firm.”

The 2020 award winners were chosen from a pool of prominent nominees identified for their notable accomplishments in business and in service to the community. On Thursday, January 28, The M&A Advisor will host a virtual awards gala to introduce the 2020 Emerging Leaders Award Winners to the business community and to celebrate their achievements.

About Churchill Asset Management LLC

Churchill, an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen (the asset manager of TIAA), provides customized financing solutions to middle market private equity firms and their portfolio companies across the capital structure. With over $24 billion of committed capital, we provide first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, in addition to equity co-investments and private equity fund commitments. 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 80 professionals in New York, Charlotte and Chicago. More information can be found at


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