Mr. McConnell is a partner at Castlelake and co-head of its Aviation team. He is responsible for sourcing opportunities and actively managing the firm’s aviation portfolio. Mr. McConnell serves as a director on the boards of Castlelake’s aircraft securitizations, is chair of its Aviation Business Committee and is a voting member of the firm’s Investment Review Committee. Additionally, Mr. McConnell serves as portfolio manager for Castlelake’s aviation and value funds.
Mr. McConnell joined Castlelake in 2007 and became a partner in 2018. He has led the successful acquisition of more than 500 aircraft in addition to investments made in equities, EETCs, ABS, private debt, bonds and bankruptcy claims. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. McConnell worked in Piper Jaffray’s investment banking division. Mr. McConnell received his B.S.B. in finance and accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, summa cum laude.