Kirsten Bartok: the innovator

Alasdair Whyte
By Alasdair Whyte January 12, 2015 15:54

Kirsten Bartok: the innovator

Kirsten Bartok is No. 10 on the Corporate Jet Investor Power List 2015.

Kirsten Bartok’s CV is impressive. She has worked as a banker (Goldman Sachs), an operator (XOJET), a manufacturer (Hawker Beechcraft) and as an entrepreneur (Airfinance). In the depths of the business jet downturn she worked hard to launch her own aircraft fund – and found serious equity – but could not find debt. This led her to the US Export Import Bank of the US.

By launching Airfinance with Tom Low, the former head of Textron Finance Corporation, and Brett Cox , former chief credit officer at Textrom, Bartok has opened up export credit to smaller transactions and done a great job selling Ex-Im to helicopter and jet buyers.

She – and her Airfinance colleagues – are now rumoured to be working on a new fund.

Alasdair Whyte
By Alasdair Whyte January 12, 2015 15:54

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