Jeff is an experienced operator with over three decades of investment banking experience in energy utility and adjacent industries. He currently serves on the board of NorthWestern Corporation.
Jeff Yingling is Chairman of the Investment Committee and a Partner of Energy Capital Ventures.
Jeff has spent over 35 years in investment banking. Prior to joining Energy Capital Ventures, Jeff was a Senior Advisor to Guggenheim Securities and helped lead that firm’s initiatives in the energy sector. Before Guggenheim Securities, Mr. Yingling served as Managing Director and Head of Midwest Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan. At J.P. Morgan, Jeff was the relationship manager for many of the firm’s most important power, utility and large Midwestern corporate clients. Jeff’s representative transactions include Cargill’s sales of its petroleum and North American power and gas trading businesses to Macquarie, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation’s sale to Summit Utilities, Allete’s acquisition of U.S. Water Services, Energen Corporation’s sale of Alabama Gas Corporation to The Laclede Group, Exelon’s merger with Constellation Energy, Nicor’s merger with AGL Resources, PNM Resources’ sale of PNM Gas and KKR/TPG’s leveraged buyout of TXU Corporation.
Prior to working at J.P. Morgan, Jeff was a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Power & Utilities Group. He founded and was Co-Head of Dean Witter Reynolds’s Public Utility Group prior to the firm’s merger with Morgan Stanley. Jeff’s representative transactions at Morgan Stanley include: Peoples Energy’s merger with WPS Resources to form Integrys, AGL’s acquisitions of NUI and Virginia Natural Gas, Connecticut Energy’s merger with Energy East, and St. Joseph Light and Power’s merger with UtiliCorp United.
Jeff’s current board roles include NorthWestern Corporation (d/b/a NorthWestern Energy) and LendingPoint Consolidated Inc. Previously, Jeff was a member of the Board of Navigant Consulting Inc. until the company’s 2019 sale to Guidehouse, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital. In addition, Jeff is an advisory board member and team mentor in connection with a cleantech entrepreneurship class within the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University (NUvention Energy). Jeff has served for many years as a board member of several nonprofit organizations and is currently on the board of trustees of the Chicago History Museum. In addition, Jeff is a member of the Commercial Club (a past member of that club’s Civic Committee), The Executives’ Club of Chicago, National Association of Corporate Directors, Private Directors Association and Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. Formerly, Jeff served on the Advisory Committee of the Transportation Fuels Task Force of the Western Governors’ Association and helped guide the authoring of a report to the thirteen Western governors entitled, ‘Transportation Fuels of the Future.’