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Management team

John Willingham, Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie AirFinance

Industry experience: 29 Years

Prior to joining Macquarie AirFinance, John served seven years as Chief Operating Officer and board member of Boullioun Aviation Services, Inc, where he was responsible for aircraft marketing, technical management and transaction execution.

John was the founding Managing Director and board member of Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise Pte. Ltd., which was formed in 1994 by Boullioun and Singapore Airlines.

John holds a First Class Honours Masters degree in Classics from Jesus College, Cambridge and is qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in England.

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Brian Wheatley, Executive Director, Macquarie AirFinance

Industry experience: 36 years

Brian has overall responsibility for our Irish operations including global aircraft sales. He has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2007 and formally joined the management team in 2008.

He was Group Treasurer at Aer Lingus for 10 years until 2006, during which time the airline was successfully floated on the Dublin and London Stock Exchanges.

Brian is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Associate Member of the Irish Taxation Institute and holds a Diploma in Applied Finance from the Irish Management Institute.

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Liam Kavanagh, Chief Commercial Officer, Trading, Macquarie AirFinance

Industry experience: 26 Years

Liam has been responsible for originating and closing more than $US3 billion of aircraft financing for clients worldwide. His industry achievements have been recognised with two independent Deal of the Year awards.

Liam started his aircraft finance career with National Westminster Bank, serving 10 years in corporate and investment banking.

He joined Halifax plc (later HBOS) in 1999 where he led deal origination in North America and subsequently deal origination and airline relationship management on a global basis.

He was appointed Head of Aircraft Finance for HBOS in 2008.

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Eamonn Bane, Executive Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, Macquarie AirFinance

Industry experience: 11 years 

Eamonn is responsible for all technical aspects of managing the Macquarie AirFinance aircraft portfolio. 

Prior to joining Macquarie AirFinance, Eamonn worked in Macquarie Aviation Capital as a Technical Manager with responsibility for managing Macquarie Aviation Capital’s spare engine operating lease portfolio. 

Eamonn has also worked in the Technical Services department of SR Technics as a Powerplant Development Engineer, providing base maintenance support and technical services for various airline fleets. 

Eamonn holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechatronics from Dublin City University.

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Stephen Moulton, General Counsel, Macquarie AirFinance

Industry experience: 23 Years

Stephen has been General Counsel of Macquarie AirFinance since 2006.

Before joining Macquarie AirFinance, Stephen served as Assistant General Counsel of GATX Financial Corporation where he worked for 11 years.

Stephen also practised law at Clifford Chance in London, Tokyo and Frankfurt for 10 years, where he advised clients on asset finance, corporate lending and project finance transactions.

Stephen received a Bachelor of Laws degree from King's College, London University, and is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

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Brian Di Santo, Executive Vice President, Portfolio and Risk Management

Industry experience: 17 Years

Before joining Macquarie Brian worked at GATX Air for eight years including six years on the Investment Risk Management team.

He has also held positions in business analysis and credit and risk management with transportation equipment leasing firms.

Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California.

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Sharon Wilson, Senior Vice President, Tax, Macquarie AirFinance

Industry experience: 15 Years

Sharon was Director of Tax and Vice President – Corporate Finance at GATX Financial Corporation.

Sharon also spent five years as Director of Tax at Bank of the West, where she was involved with the integration of four acquired entities.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), a Master of Professional Accounting (Tax) from the University of Texas and holds a CPA.

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