Leader, Innovator, Entrepreneur

Chad A. Leat, retired Vice Chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup has nearly thirty years of markets and banking experience on Wall Street.

Chad Leat is an acknowledged leader and innovator in corporate credit and M&A finance having led some of the largest acquisition financings completed. Over the years he has built and led numerous successful and profitable businesses at Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and their predecessor companies.

Mr. Leat joined Salomon Brothers in 1997 as a partner in High Yield Capital Markets and retired from Citigroup in 2013 as Vice Chairman. Over the years he served on the firm’s Investment Banking Management Committee, the Fixed Income Management Committee and the Capital Markets Origination Committee. From 1998 until 2005 he served as the Global Head of Loans and Leveraged Finance. In 2006 and 2007 he was co-head of Global Credit Markets leading a business with over one thousand employees around the world encompassing all of Citigroup’s credit trading and debt capital market groups with revenues in excess of $3 billion annually. From 2009 through 2013 he was one of Citigroup’s most senior investment bankers, serving as Chairman of the Global Financial Sponsors Group, leading a group of bankers providing corporate finance services to the world’s largest private equity firms.


Chad A. Leat is an acknowledged leader and successful executive with a 30 year track record on Wall Street with a history of success in the boardroom globally.

Citibank Global Banking
Vice Chairman (retired)

Citibank Global Banking is an internationally recognized investment bank and financial services corporation. Citibank was founded in 1812 with headquarters in New York, New York. The bank has 2,649 branches in 19 countries.

Credit Commercial de France
Chairman of the Board

Credit Commercial de France, previously My Money Bank & GE Money Bank, is a Paris based retail and commercial bank owned by Cerberus Capital. Credit Commercial de France does business throughout France and has significant operations in several Overseas Departments.

Midcap Financial, PLC
Chairman of the Board

Midcap Financial, PLC was founded in 2008 and is a middle market-focused, specialty finance firm that provides senior debt solution to companies across all industries. As of December 2018, MidCap Financial has over $19 billion of commitments under management.

Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art Museum is an art museum established in 1897 and designed by Herzog & de Meuron architects. Each year, 15 temporary exhibits are presented, including new installations drawn from a world-class collection of more than 3,000 works, special exhibitions that reconsider the work of a single artist and group exhibitions that explore compelling themes.

Hamburg Commercial Bank
Supervisory Board Member

Hamburg Commercial Bank is a commercial bank founded in 2003 with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Considered to be the world’s largest provider of maritime finance, with a main focus on shipping, transportation, real estate and renewable energy.


WorkGenius acquires US based JBC, a staffing company

Work Genius, New York
June 8, 2022

From the article:

WorkGenius, a freelance technology company has acquired US based JBC, a staffing company, in a landmark deal that together, will aim to transform the freelance staffing industry through a combination of proven operations, great people along with innovative cutting edge technology.

The combined company will be close to $100m in revenue, with EBITDA in the high teens and more than 250 employees. The company grows north of 50% YoY, driven by a tenured team, unique technology product, strong trends of digitalization in the human capital space, and a shift to flexible workforce models

Chad Leat, former Vice Chair of CitiGroup, joins existing equity investors including John Jahr and Axel Sven Springer. Investcorp BDC and CION Invest Corp provide the debt facility and also invested in the equity…’

Mickey Drexler Leaves J. Crew

Chain Store Age (The Business of Retail)
Marianne Wilson, January 17, 2019

From the article:

…J.Crew Group  announced that Millard “Mickey” Drexler, chairman and former CEO of the company, has retired to devote his time to the development of Drexler Ventures LLC, which invests in and advises emerging brands, including Outdoor Voices and Warby Parker. He will be succeeded as J. Crew chairman by Chad Leat, effective immediately.   

Leat, who has served as a director of J.Crew since January 2017,  is a retired vice chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup with nearly 30 years of markets and banking experience. […]

[…] In a statement, new chairman Leat said that his priorities will be to ensure that the J.Crew brand  “moves quickly to capitalize on recent momentum and to support Madewell’s growth towards becoming a one billion dollar brand, while also working with the board to identify strong, permanent leadership to guide the company in its next chapter.” […]

Chad Leat Receives Award of Merit

Delta Upsilon
Sloan-Kettering Award of Merit in Business
2019 Leadership Institute

From the article:

Delta Upsilon’s Awards of Merit are presented to esteemed members and friends of the Fraternity who have exhibited a devotion to Delta Upsilon, as well as excellence or notoriety within their profession. The awards get their name from the Fraternity’s historical tie to our Founders’ description: “the only superiority that we acknowledge is the superiority of merit.” Awards are then named for outstanding DU alumni in that particular field.

‘During the 2019 Leadership Institute, Brother Chad Leat, Kansas ’78, was honored with the Sloan-Kettering Award of Merit in Business. This award is named after Alfred P. Sloan, Technology 1895, and Charles Kettering, Ohio State 1904, who were philanthropists and long-time executives with General Motors.[…]

Designer Alvise Orsini Crafts a Stunning Art-Filled Penthouse in Paris

by Ian Phillips; Photography by Dylan Thomas
August 23, 2018

From the article:

‘”Everyone I meet in Paris has a story about this apartment,” rejoices its American owner, Chad Leat, a retired Wall Street executive. Some claim the French writer Françoise Sagan used it as the setting for a chapter in one of her novels. Others refer to a movie in which actress Catherine Deneuve’s character looks up at the top-floor residence and asks her lover, “Mais qui habite là?” (“But who lives there?”)’

Photo by Dylan Thomas

‘…Leat acquired the two-bedroom flat from a friend who had renovated it twice with esteemed architect and designer Joseph Dirand, who employed an aesthetic that was too austere for the new American owner’s taste. “I didn’t want to mess with the layout or architecture, because it’s perfection in my view,” says Leat. “But I found the stark decor a little dated.” So he enlisted Orsini—whom he’d met through the designer’s husband, the Belgian-born fashion executive Geoffroy van Raemdonck—to make the apartment “warmer and with more Parisian flair,” as Leat puts it. […]


by Amanda L. Gordon
July 16, 2018
published in Bloomberg

From the article:

Chad Leat’s Wall Street friends followed him to the Parrish Art Museum Saturday night to see him honored by CNN’s Don Lemon.

Don Lemon and Chad Leat
Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

Among the guests at the Midsummer Party benefiting the Herzog & de Meuron-designed museum in Watermill, New York, were Michael Carr, co-head of M&A at Goldman Sachs; a sunburnt Tom Maheras (“I was on a boat all day”) of Tegean Capital; and Jim Zelter, co-president of Apollo Global Management. The event raised about $1.3 million.

“Chad was our leveraged-finance maven,” Zelter said, adding they’d worked together for years at Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup. “He’s on a couple of my boards.”’

Kansas graduate gives $1 million for LGBTQ students

AP News
March 3, 2018

From the article:

‘The University of Kansas will use a $1 million gift to provide scholarships to LGBTQ students. The university announced Thursday that 60-year-old Chad Leat donated the gift this week to his alma mater. Leat, of New York City, is retired vice chairman of global banking at Citigroup.’

KU alumnus announces $1 million scholarship gift to support LGBTQ students

The University of Kansas, KU Endowment
March 1, 2018

From the article:

‘Chad Leat, of New York, N.Y., retired vice chairman of global banking at Citigroup and University of Kansas graduate, announced a $1 million scholarship gift commitment in support of LGBTQ students at KU during a visit this week to his alma mater.

Photo by Mike Yoder

‘“Being able to provide opportunities to diverse students, and LGBT students in particular, means so much to me,” Leat said. “This gift will establish this scholarship as a much larger and more meaningful investment in the LGBT community here at KU for a long time.” […]

Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper Design a Modern and Minimal New York Apartment

Architectural Digest
by Dan Shaw; photography by Nikolas Koenig
March 9, 2017

From the article:

‘When Chad Leat was considering whether to buy a full-floor apartment in one of architect Richard Meier’s sleek glass towers in Manhattan’s West Village, he was excited and terrified in equal measure. “The great attraction was the Hudson River view and the fact that it was raw space, so we could create something from scratch,” says Leat, an investment banker and philanthropic fundraiser. But it was also counterintuitive for a lover of contemporary art to acquire a home without walls for hanging his collection—so he consulted with architect Preston T. Phillips before making a bid, to see what might be done. “I asked Preston, ‘Is it possible to find a way not to mess with the apartment and yet still show my art?’” Leat recalls. “I wanted to keep it open and loftlike, because I am more of a casual kind of guy.”

Photo by Nikolas Koenig

Apollo taps veteran Citi banker Leat as consultant -sources

by Greg Roumeliotis
April 24, 2014

From the article:

Chad Leat, a retired Citigroup Inc executive who helped finance some of the world’s largest leveraged buyouts, is now working as a consultant for former client Apollo Global Management LLC, people familiar with the matter said.

Leat’s new role underscores the appeal of alternative asset managers, such as Apollo, to current and former investment bankers as regulators scrutinize or crack down on many of the activities of Wall Street banks.…

…During Leat’s tenure, Citigroup underwrote loans for mega-deals such as KKR & Co LP’s $26 billion acquisition of payments processing company First Data Corp. It also was involved in the $45 billion takeover by KKR, TPG Capital LP and Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s private equity arm of the now near-bankrupt Texas power company Energy Future Holdings.…

…Apollo is likely to tap Leat’s fixed income as well as leveraged buyout expertise. The New York-based firm had about $161 billion of assets under management as of the end of December, of which $49.9 billion was in private equity and $100.9 billion in credit.’

Photo by Nikolas Koenig