Tailwater Capital adds senior leadership to investor relations and communications team | Panda Anku

Jill McMillan joins as Managing Director, overseeing communications and public relations

John Schaufele joins as Managing Director to lead investor relations and fundraising

Dallas, August 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Tailwater Capital LLC (“Tailwater”), a private equity firm that takes a comprehensive approach to investing in energy and growth infrastructure solutions, announced today Johann Shovele and Jill McMillan have joined the company to lead Tailwater’s investor relations and communications functions to expand the Tailwater brand.

“John and Jill are both exceptionally talented leaders and we are excited to welcome them to the Tailwater team as we enhance our investor relations and strategic communications functions,” he said Jason Downie, co-founder and managing partner of Tailwater. “As we continue to grow our full-immersion platform in an increasingly dynamic energy industry, we have a strong focus on ensuring we have an industry-leading team firing on all cylinders to support our investors, portfolio companies and key stakeholders who… operate across the energy landscape. “

“At Tailwater, what sets us apart is our entrepreneurial spirit and track record of partnering with high-profile companies and management teams that are at work at every step of the energy transition,” he said Edward Herring, co-founder and managing partner of Tailwater. “John and Jill bring extensive experience and strong track records in the midstream and energy transition sectors. Their expertise will be invaluable as we continue to differentiate ourselves in a competitive environment and maximize our long-term impact on the companies we work with and communities in which we operate.”

As Managing Director, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Ms. McMillan will oversee Tailwater’s internal and external communications, including public affairs, marketing and media relations, strategic planning and brand positioning. She joined Crosstex Energy, EnLink Midstream’s predecessor December 2005 and played a key role in the company’s communications strategy, which included leading the rebranding and launch of EnLink Midstream from the merger of Crosstex Energy with Devon Energy’s midstream assets. She also led the company’s investor relations strategy from 2008 to 2016. She has over 20 years of experience as a public relations and investor relations professional and nearly 20 years in the energy industry, having worked in previous positions for Fortune 500 energy companies including Devon Energy and Exxon Mobil. Ms. McMillan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Valliance Bank Professional Advisory Board and FP Select and is a charter member of the Board of Directors Dallas Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network.

As Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations and Fundraising, Mr. Schaufele will oversee all investor development, mentoring and relationship management activities for the firm. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Freestone, a Tailwater portfolio company focused on investing in companies enabling the transition to a lower-carbon economy, with a focus on recycling, environmental services and disruptive technologies that offer an attractive, unsubsidized economic value proposition. Prior to Freestone, Mr. Schaufele spent 15 years initiating, executing and overseeing private equity investments and served on the boards of 11 platform companies while being involved in transactions involving over 5 billion dollars of invested equity in the energy sector. During this time he worked extensively with limited partners to raise capital for several flagship funds and numerous co-investment vehicles.

Ms McMillan said: “Tailwater’s full-immersion investment approach is a real differentiator in today’s energy landscape and I am excited to be joining a world-class team and applying my expertise to identify new and exciting opportunities to make an impact of the company to maximize and drive solution-oriented results and support the great companies and management teams we work with.”

Mr. Schaufele said, “I look forward to supporting and expanding Tailwater’s diverse base of discerning institutional investors as the company continues to grow and play an increasingly important and outsized role in investing across the energy value chain and the transition to a low-carbon economy plays.”

About Tailwater Capital, LLC

Dallas-based Tailwater Capital is a growth-oriented energy and growth infrastructure private equity firm with a proven track record of working constructively with proven management teams to deliver value-added solutions. Tailwater has more than raised $3.7 billion tied up capital since inception and the team has completed more than 100 transactions what over $22 billion worth. For more information, visit www.tailwatercapital.com.


Jill McMillan
Managing Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Telephone: 214-489-7047
E-mail: [email protected]

Johann Shovele
Managing Director, Investor Relations & Fundraising
Telephone: 214-489-7043
E-mail: [email protected]

SOURCE Tailwater Capital LLC


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