• Jeff Kilrea

    Jeffrey Kilrea

    Group Head and Managing Director of CIT Sponsor Finance

    Jeffrey (Jeff) Kilrea is Group Head and Managing Director of CIT Sponsor Finance. CIT Sponsor Finance, which serves as the primary interface unit between CIT Corporate Finance and Private Equity Groups that serve as its customers, provides cash flow and asset-based senior debt for private equity-backed transactions in the middle market throughout the United States and Canada. Kilrea has over 25 years of experience in the commercial finance sector and is located in our Chicago office. 

    His areas of expertise include leveraged finance loan structuring and pricing with broad industry focus; private equity sponsor relationship management; and media, communications and information.

    Prior to CIT, Kilrea was the Co-President of the Corporate Finance Business for CapitalSource, Inc. (NYSE: CSE). While at CapitalSource, he started and served as Managing Director of the Media and Communications specialty lending group and also led its Sponsor Finance initiative. Prior to CapitalSource, he was a Senior Vice President with GE Capital in the Sponsor Finance Group. Before then, he was with FINOVA Capital Corporation and helped with the development of its Media & Communications and Corporate Finance lending practices.

    He holds a BS in finance from Northern Illinois University.