Kirsten Bartok is AirFinance’s founder and managing partner, which specializes structured finance, leasing and the financing of aircraft, with emphasis on emerging markets. AirFinance's core business is as an originator and servicer of aviation loans, and its fleet of financed aircraft ranges from Cessna Caravans to Gulfstream G650s.
Prior to AirFinance, Prior to AirFinance, was Vice President, Strategy, Structured Finance & Corporate Development at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC). There she helped lead the company’s expansion into Asia, specifically China, as well as JV, strategic sourcing relationships, mergers and acquisitions.
Before AirFinance, Kirsten was a co-founder, board member and CFO of XOJET, a San Francisco based private aviation company sold to TPG Capital in the fall of 2007. Kirsten was part of the original core executive team that built XOJET and developed its innovative business jet outsourcing model. As CFO, she oversaw financial and strategic initiatives including aircraft purchasing and financing for XOJET’s rapidly growing fleet. In addition, Kirsten was responsible for the company’s financial operations, treasury, tax, audit, legal, human resources and IT. At XOJET, Kirsten structured and raised more than $3 billion of equity and debt financing predominantly for the purchase of aircraft, which included the first export credit agency pre-delivery payments financing in the business jet space, the first commercial style business jet leasing transaction by a major investment bank, and the first sovereign government financed equity and debt facility.
Prior to joining XOJET, Kirsten spent the prior 12+ years in private equity, venture capital, investment banking and capital markets. Most recently Kirsten was a partner at Alpine Investors, a San Francisco based investment firm, where she focused on aerospace, business process outsourcing, education/training and retail. Before Alpine, Kirsten was with JPMorgan Partners, which had acquired Hambricht & Quist’s venture fund, Access Technology Partners. Kirsten began her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she worked in investment banking division and also in fixed income capital markets where structured transactions for covered northeast industrials and government sponsored agencies.
Kirsten received a BA, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, and an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. She also serves on Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Management Board, which advises the Dean on current and strategic issues. She was a Council Foreign Relations term member, a French American Foundation Young Leaders Fellow, a German Marshall Fellow and a Young Leader with the Committee on US China Relations. Kirsten is based in San Francisco, CA and can be reached at email@example.com and +1.415.440.4145.