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Ken Kencel

President and CEO, Churchill Asset Management
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About Ken Kencel

Ken serves as President and CEO of Churchill Asset Management, an investment specialist of Nuveen. He also serves as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Nuveen Churchill Direct Lending Corp. (NYSE: NCDL) and Nuveen Churchill Private Capital Income Fund (PCAP).

Previously, Ken served as a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, where he also served as President and a Director of Carlyle Secured Lending, Inc. Prior to that he founded and was President and CEO of Churchill Financial Group, served as Head of Leveraged Finance for Royal Bank of Canada and was Head of Indosuez Capital. Ken was also a founder of the high yield finance business at Chase Securities (now JP Morgan Chase). He began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Drexel Burnham Lambert. In 2023, Ken was named by Private Debt Investor as “One of the 30 Changemakers” who helped shape the industry over the past decade.

Ken graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He serves on the Pension Investment Advisory Committee for the Archdiocese of New York, the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Canisius High School, the Advisory Board of Teach for America (CT), and the Milken Institute’s DEI in Asset Management Executive Council.

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