CIT Group added Thomas M. Affolter to its Sponsor Finance team in its Commercial Finance division. Affolter will be responsible for pursuing new growth opportunities for financing middle market private equity sponsor owned businesses and expanding CIT’s existing sponsor coverage network.

“Focusing on asset growth is a priority for the Sponsor Finance business, and I am pleased to add Tom’s significant experience in working with private equity sponsors on middle market executions,” said Jeffrey Kilrea, managing director and group head for Sponsor Finance. “I’m confident Tom will be a valuable contributor as we aim to increase our assets and expand our coverage nationally.”

Affolter joined CIT from Goldman Sachs’ Specialty Lending Group in Chicago. Earlier in his 20-year finance career, Affolter was a partner at Victory Park Capital Advisors. He also served in various roles at CapitalSource, Antares Capital and Heller Financial, all of which are providers of debt capital for private-equity sponsors.

CIT’s Sponsor Finance group provides cash flow and asset-based senior debt for private-equity backed transactions in the middle market throughout the U.S.