Christopher J. Chaput – Advisory Board Member, Finance

Christopher J. Chaput has over 23 years of experience as an executive, an investment banker, a restructuring advisor and an investor, primarily in the aviation sector. 

Most recently he was a partner in and co-founder of RPK Capital Management, a portfolio company of the Carlyle Group focused on investing in commercial aircraft and other aviation-related assets. Prior to RPK, Mr. Chaput was a partner and head of the Structured Finance Group at the Seabury Group, an investment banking boutique, where he arranged secured financings of aircraft, rail cars, real estate, ships and other assets. Mr. Chaput was a senior member of the exclusive advisory team that represented US Airways in its successful merger with America West Airlines and that restructured US Airways, Air Canada and Northwest Airlines in bankruptcy. Mr. Chaput was an Executive Director in the Equipment Finance Group at Morgan Stanley from 1998 to September 2002, where he structured and executed public and private aircraft-backed secured bonds and was also active in financing real estate, rail cars and other assets. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Chaput was the Managing Director-Corporate Finance at Northwest Airlines (1990-1998). 

Mr. Chaput practiced law with a Minneapolis law firm from 1986-1990, specializing in corporate, partnership and tax law. He also worked in the Tax Department at Coopers & Lybrand from 1985 to 1986. 

Mr. Chaput earned his B.A. from Creighton University, magna cum laude, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he also taught Business Planning for two years as an adjunct professor.