Christopher Sherman is a Director at Alton Aviation Consultancy and focuses on the firm’s global private equity and transaction advisory practice. In this role, Chris provides senior leadership guidance and insight to Alton’s growing client base of investors in aerospace and aviation businesses including private equity, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, SPACs, and other alternative investment vehicles. From strategic due diligence to portfolio company earnings enhancement to exit support, Chris combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and transformation.
At the intersection of corporate strategy and development, investment banking and management consulting, Chris brings over 15 years of aerospace/defense industry experience creating and delivering maximum value to stakeholders through strategic positioning, M&A transactions, and operational discipline. As both an in-house and external advisor, he has led strategic plan development and implementation projects to support objectives throughout the business lifecycle, from buy-side targeting and analysis, equity investments, and acquisitions, to joint ventures and partnerships, strategic alternatives, asset sales, corporate carve-outs and sell-side divestitures.
Before joining Alton, Chris held several leadership positions at Pratt & Whitney spanning the entire aerospace value chain. Most recently he was responsible for leading the MRO/aftermarket operations strategy team to drive key initiatives impacting a $5 billion business across 15 global sites and served as business unit manager leading the OEM/production of GTF fan blades. Previously, Chris was an associate director of corporate strategy & business development, responsible for all activities related to the sourcing and execution of strategic transactions, including the evaluation of opportunities for strategic fit and financial impact, due diligence, transaction document negotiation and integration planning. Prior to rejoining UTC, he worked as an investment banker at KippsDeSanto & Co. and Bluestone Capital Partners in Washington D.C. advising public and private clients on M&A engagements across the aerospace/defense market. Chris began his career at Sikorsky Aircraft as a quality engineer focused on supply chain performance improvement.
Chris earned an MBA with concentrations in Finance, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Engineering from Trinity College.