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TIAA-CREF
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New York, NY  10017-3206
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Main Phone: 212-490-9000
Web Site: http://www.tiaa-cref.org

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  • Background:
    On April 14, 2014, TIAA-CREF unveiled a $6.25-billion to buy the $221 billion AUM Nuveen Investments. The purchase reportedly included $4.5 billion in debt and $1.75 billion in cash.

    The "Vanguard" of the higher education market, TIAA-CREF has in the past decade started a transition to reach all markets. The firm launched its first mutual funds nearly eight decades after its founding. TIAA is currently led by CEO Roger Ferguson, who is tight with U.S. President Barack Obama.

    Entry into Fund Business


    After regulatory changes in 19971 opened TIAA-CREF's higher education operations to federal taxation, the annuity provider expanded its business into more distribution channels.

    As part of its newly expanded strategy, then CEO-John Biggs oversaw the creation of TIAA-CREF's first six mutual funds. The funds were built around low-cost investing and indexing. At the same time Biggs also created a line-up of tuition savings plans, life insurance products and created a trust company.

    The company stepped up that effort by bringing in Herb Allison, a long-time Merrill Lynch executive, to served as TIAA-CREF's CEO from 2002 until his retirement in 2008.

    The 1980s


    Starting in 1988, TIAA expanded its variable annuity offerings, which now number ten. It also created the TIAA Real Estate Account.

    Tax reform during the eighties also led to TIAA-CREF's first competitors in the 403(b) market from mutual fund providers.

    The 1970s


    In the 1970s it created a portfolio of international equities.

    Post-World War II


    The change in higher education and the economy after World War II caused TIAA to rethink its strategy of providing a bond-backed pension. After studying the issues for 18 months, a TIAA task force recommend the creation of a "variable annuity" funded by periodic investments in common stocks be combined with the bond annuity.

    On July 1, 1952, that recommendation led to the creation of the College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF) as the first variable annuity.

    Founding


    After Cornell University trustee Andrew Carnegie discovered the inability of professors to reliably build retirement income, he directed fhe Carnegie Foundation to establish the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) in 1918 as a fully-funded system of pensions for professors and New York domiciled life insurer. Grants from the Carnegie Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York as well as individuals provided the initial funding.

    Henry S. Pritchett, a former president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was the insurer's first leader. Teachers played a strong role in forming the company, starting with the election of Professor Samuel M. Lindsay of Columbia to TIAA board of trustees in 1921.

    Offices


    TIAA-CREF currently operates offices in nearly 60 U.S. cities including Ann Arbor, Houston, Iowa City and Salt Lake City.
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    Key People:
    Robert Leary
    President, TIAA-CREF Asset Management
    Roger Ferguson
    CEO, TIAA-CREF
    Peter R Hueber
    Director, Institutional Relationships, TIAA-CREF
    Mary Sharon Kenny
    Marketing Director, TIAA-CREF
    Candy Grossman
    Director, Marketing Strategy, TIAA-CREF
    Shelli VanDeMark Kendig
    VP, Product Marketing, TIAA-CREF
    Jamie DePeau
    SVP and head of marketing,
    Story Archive for TIAA-CREF
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    12/6/2013 TIAA-CREF Marshals a DC I-O Invasion Force MFWire.com
    12/5/2013 Panagakis Gains TIAA-CREF Funds Access to Three Key Platforms MFWire.com
    9/12/2013 A Recruiting Champ Rises at TIAA-CREF MFWire.com
    7/15/2013 TIAA Adjusts Its Target Date Suite MFWire.com
    7/15/2013 TIAA's Chief Says He Doesn't Want Bernanke's Job MFWire.com
    5/22/2013 Lew Likes SSgA, BlackRock, Invesco MFWire.com
    5/13/2013 Student Protesters Target TIAA MFWire.com
    5/9/2013 Leary Lands Atop Another Asset Manager MFWire.com
    3/26/2013 M* Analysts Target Another Category MFWire.com
    3/15/2013 Who Cleaned Up At the 2013 Lipper Awards? MFWire.com
    3/15/2013 Fundsters Look Into Farming MFWire.com
    10/2/2012 TIAA-CREF Seeks a Wholesaler MFWire.com
    9/28/2012 Stork and Reaper for September 28, 2012 MFWire.com
    7/5/2012 Pentegra Hires Two 401kWire.com
    5/15/2012 Hartford's Retirement Chief Adds 16 Funds MFWire.com
    5/14/2012 Climate Change Fighters Attack AmFunds, Fido and Vanguard MFWire.com
    1/31/2012 Fidelity and Vanguard Brace for IRA Rollovers Influx MFWire.com
    1/27/2012 TIAA-CREF Hires an Ex-GEAM Exec as COO MFWire.com
    1/20/2012 Ferguson Hunts For TIAA-CREF's New Asset Management Chief MFWire.com
    11/14/2011 TIAA-CREF Takes Over a $4B 529 Plan MFWire.com
    10/13/2011 California Drops its Advisor-Sold 529 MFWire.com
    9/7/2011 American Funds Tops a 401k Niche MFWire.com
    8/9/2011 Morningstar Downgrades Schwab's and DWS' Target-Date Ratings MFWire.com
    6/14/2011 TIAA-CREF Commits $10M Per Year to a 529 Win MFWire.com
    6/13/2011 TIAA-CREF Hires Two MFWire.com
    4/8/2011 Hackers Breach a Provider's E-mail List 401kWire.com
    11/23/2010 14. Roger Ferguson MFWire.com
    11/23/2010 To Promote Itself, TIAA-CREF Turns to Rivals MFWire.com
    10/26/2010 T Rowe and Vanguard Win Praise for 529s MFWire.com
    9/30/2010 Vanguard, TIAA-CREF Would Make Mark Zuckerberg Proud MFWire.com
    8/11/2010 Are Target Date Funds Getting Cheaper? MFWire.com
    7/2/2010 TIAA-CREF Chief Urges 401k Participants to Educate Themselves. MFWire.com
    6/2/2010 TIAA-CREF Earns a Morningstar 'C' MFWire.com
    4/27/2010 TIAA-CREF's Chief Urges Fundsters to Fight the Good Shareholder Fight MFWire.com
    4/9/2010 TIAA-CREF Retains a $1.2 Billion Client MFWire.com
    3/30/2010 TIAA-CREF Makes Life (Funds) More Expensive MFWire.com
    3/9/2010 Arizona Awards Mandate for New 403b and 457 Plans 401kWire.com
    2/23/2010 Fidelity Trading: There's an App for That MFWire.com
    2/22/2010 A Fund CEO Passes the Baton MFWire.com
    2/18/2010 Anti-Genocide Group Wins Over American Funds MFWire.com
    2/4/2010 Diversified Wins Two 403bs and a 401k 401kWire.com
    2/2/2010 Borzi Says Advice Regs Are Due This Month 401kWire.com
    2/2/2010 TIAA-CREF Plans to Move Some Jobs Abroad MFWire.com
    2/1/2010 What are Borzi, Ferguson and Reynolds Doing in the Same Room? 401kWire.com
    1/25/2010 University of Alabama Picks a Second 403b Vendor 401kWire.com
    1/19/2010 TIAA-CREF CEO Pushes Annuities 401kWire.com
    1/7/2010 TIAA-CREF Makes a Strategic Hire 401kWire.com
    1/4/2010 TIAA-CREF Becomes the First Big Fund Firm to Divest From Sudan MFWire.com
    1/4/2010 Diversified Appoints a 403b Market Leader 401kWire.com
    1/4/2010 3. Roger Ferguson 401kWire.com
    12/31/2009 24. Michael Sigmund 401kWire.com
    12/16/2009 Bloomberg Hunts for Junk Inside Target Date Funds MFWire.com
    12/15/2009 TIAA-CREF Goes High-Tech 401kWire.com
    12/8/2009 Caltech Goes with a Single Provider for its Retirement Plans 401kWire.com
    11/4/2009 VALIC Finds a New EVP Within 401kWire.com
    11/2/2009 TIAA-CREF Finds a Health Care Channel Chief 401kWire.com
    10/26/2009 A Fidelity Exec Jumps to TIAA-CREF 401kWire.com
    10/14/2009 Valic Scores a Pair of Home State Wins 401kWire.com
    10/14/2009 TIAA-CREF Chief: 401ks Should Not Be the Sole Retirement Vehicle 401kWire.com
    10/12/2009 TIAA-CREF's CEO Touts New Business Stats 401kWire.com
    9/29/2009 TIAA-CREF Coordinates Compliance 401kWire.com
    9/17/2009 Higher Ed Pre-Retirees Want Advice 401kWire.com
    9/8/2009 Vanguard Snatches Target-Date Business from Fidelity 401kWire.com
    8/27/2009 MassMutual Loses its Top Rating 401kWire.com
    8/18/2009 Iowa Sends 401a and 457b Business to Five Providers 401kWire.com
    8/3/2009 Security Benefit Lands a State Contract in the Midwest 401kWire.com
    6/24/2009 Schwab's Former DC Sales Chief Lands With Another Provider 401kWire.com
    5/4/2009 TIAA-CREF Lands a Web Strategist from Citi 401kWire.com
    4/24/2009 TIAA-CREF Puts Seven Index Funds Into a Hat and Pulls Out Only Two MFWire.com
    4/14/2009 Obama to Tap an Ex-Fund Chief to Run TARP MFWire.com
    4/9/2009 Where Does Retirement Fit Into ING's New Strategy? 401kWire.com
    4/7/2009 Fiduciary Experts Add an Advisor Alum Out West 401kWire.com
    3/25/2009 TIAA-CREF Rolls Out a New Ad Campaign MFWire.com
    3/25/2009 TIAA-CREF Chief to Give a Free Lecture MFWire.com
    2/24/2009 TIAA-CREF Taps an SEC Alum as Chief Legal Officer 401kWire.com
    11/20/2008 MarketWatch Blasts New 403b Regs 401kWire.com
    11/7/2008 Obama Turns to a Provider Chief for Advice 401kWire.com
    11/7/2008 Obama Leans On TIAA-CREF Chief MFWire.com
    9/23/2008 Providers Swamped with Calls During the Wall Street Tumult 401kWire.com
    7/9/2008 TIAA-CREF Appoints An Institutional Sales Exec 401kWire.com
    7/2/2008 403b Giant Aims to Coordinate Compliance 401kWire.com
    6/19/2008 TIAA-CREF Partners Up for 403b Plan Documents 401kWire.com
    6/3/2008 TIAA-CREF Vet Makes the Long Jump to Being an Advisor 401kWire.com
    5/15/2008 TIAA Turns Ninety 401kWire.com
    4/4/2008 Ex-Fed Vice Chair to Head Up TIAA-CREF MFWire.com
    2/29/2008 Advice Provider Goes on a Hiring Spree 401kWire.com
    1/22/2008 TIAA-CREF Launches RI Fund 401kWire.com
    10/30/2007 Rangel Gets in on the Fee Disclosure Action 401kWire.com
    8/7/2007 National Benefits Firm Expands, Seeks Marketing Chief 401kWire.com
    7/27/2007 TIAA-CREF Names New EVP of Individual Client Services MFWire.com
    6/5/2007 Mercer: It's Time to Educate Sponsors About SRI 401kWire.com
    5/29/2007 Retirement Plans Get Social ... With Funds 401kWire.com
    4/26/2007 TIAA-CREF Lengthens its Glide Path MFWire.com
    4/6/2007 TIAA-CREF Looks for Distribution Analyst MFWire.com
    4/5/2007 TIAA-CREF Makes Fee Change MFWire.com
    4/4/2007 TIAA-CREF Wins a Vote and May Save Millions MFWire.com
    3/26/2007 Hello Ms. Robinson MFWire.com
    1/22/2007 Connecticut Holds Off Legal Action vs TIAA-CREF 401kWire.com
    12/21/2006 TIAA-CREF Builds Strategic Team 401kWire.com
    7/14/2006 Are Donuts Unethical? MFWire.com
    6/13/2006 TIAA-CREF Replaces Departed CFO MFWire.com
    4/24/2006 TIAA-CREF Plans Fund Reorganization MFWire.com
    4/6/2006 MIT Econ Professor is New CREF Trustee MFWire.com
    3/7/2006 TIAA-CREF Mixes Sales with Assets MFWire.com
    1/26/2006 TIAA-CREF Shareholders Approve Fee Hike MFWire.com
    1/19/2006 TIAA-CREF Names Chief Compliance Officer 401kWire.com
    1/12/2006 ICMA-RC Taps Legal Eagle 401kWire.com
    12/13/2005 NASD Fines Chase Affiliate for Market Timing MFWire
    11/16/2005 CFO Quits TIAA-CREF Under Cloud MFWire.com
    11/8/2005 TIAA-CREF Opens Up MFWire.com
    11/2/2005 The Door Is Open at TIAA-CREF 401kWire.com
    10/6/2005 TIAA-CREF Mulls Over Another Fee Hike Vote MFWire.com
    9/21/2005 TIAA-CREF Selects Rollover Provider 401kWire.com
    9/15/2005 TIAA-CREF Could Lose MO MFWire.com
    9/1/2005 TIAA-CREF’s Fee Hike Gets Rebuffed MFWire.com
    7/22/2005 Should Home Equity Contribute to the Retirement Bucket? 401kWire.com
    7/19/2005 South Carolina Awards DC Plan 401kWire.com
    7/13/2005 TIAA-CREF's Fund Advisor Asks for a Raise MFWire.com
    5/12/2005 TIAA-CREF Hires Governance Head MFWire.com
    5/10/2005 TIAA-CREF Exec Takes Leave 401kWire.com
    5/6/2005 Reports Suggests Governance Changes for TIAA-CREF MFWire.com
    5/4/2005 South Carolina Retirement System 401kWire.com
    3/4/2005 TIAA-CREF Trustee Resigns over E&Y Ties MFWire.com
    3/4/2005 TIAA-CREF Trustee Resigns over E&Y Ties 401kWire.com
    3/3/2005 Citi Manager Leaps to TIAA-CREF MFWire.com
    2/3/2005 TIAA-CREF Adds Branches 401kWire.com
    2/3/2005 South Carolina Gov. Proposes DC System 401kWire.com
    12/16/2004 TIAA-CREF Taps Advice Partner 401kWire.com
    12/9/2004 SEC Begins TIAA-CREF Inquiry 401kWire.com
    12/9/2004 SEC Investigates TIAA-CREF MFWire.com
    12/3/2004 TIAA-CREF is Red in the Face 401kWire.com
    11/16/2004 TIAA-CREF Goes Live with Lifecycle Funds MFWire.com
    11/16/2004 First up on New Platform, Lifecycle Funds 401kWire.com
    10/20/2004 Jones Out at Citi Asset Management MFWire.com
    9/23/2004 TIAA-CREF Names New Head of Global Equity Research MFWire.com
    8/17/2004 TIAA-CREF Airs First Ever National TV Ads MFWire.com
    7/26/2004 Shareholder Advocate Fund Firm Shuts its Doors MFWire.com
    6/30/2004 TIAA-CREF Launches Branding Offensive MFWire.com
    6/4/2004 TIAA-CREF Debuts Lifecycle Funds MFWire.com
    6/2/2004 TIAA-CREF Lays Down the Law MFWire.com
    5/24/2004 The Affluent Want More, Survey Reveals MFWire.com
    4/8/2004 New Equity Head at Retirement System 401kWire.com
    3/18/2004 TIAA-CREF Still Looking after CIO Appointment MFWire.com
    1/23/2004 Annuities Are Next MFWire
    9/23/2003 TIAA-CREF Zigs, Lets Go 500 MFWire.com
    9/23/2003 TIAA-CREF Zigs, Lets Go 500 401kWire.com
    8/26/2003 Golden State Plans Advisor 529 Program MFWire.com
    7/25/2003 Congress Listens, but Still No TSP Fix 401kWire.com
    6/10/2003 TIAA-CREF Names New CFO MFWire.com
    5/27/2003 TIAA-CREF Suspends Deferred Annuity Sales MFWire.com
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