Airline Economics 40 under 40

Airline Economics, the flagship publication dedicated to the commercial aviation finance and leasing industry owned by Aviation News Ltd, has announced the Airline Economics 40 under 40 Class of 2023 along with the leading Aviation Industry Mentors for 2023 in September 2023.

The strength of the nominations to the Airline Economics 40 under 40 for 2023 shows that the industry is well prepared for this changing of the guard with a highly skilled and experience talent pool heading into the next decade.  The Airline Economics 40 under 40 Class of 2023 was compiled from another record amount of nominations and endorsements, many from senior members of the wide aviation community. All 40 members of the final list received 1,305 endorsements in total, with the majority of those from clients. 

“We have been astonished at the response to this year’s 40 under 40 nominations process, from the sheer number of talented individuals submitted for consideration to the wealth of support provided by their clients, peers and colleagues. Our sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate and endorse entries to this year’s 40 under 40,” Victoria Tozer-Pennington, editor and co-founder of Airline Economics, commented at the time the list was announced. “As ever it was difficult to choose just forty individuals from the 119 nominations. The number of nominations and endorsements is testament to the achievements of all of these professionals, which demonstrates the strength of the next generation of aviation industry leaders.”

Although the 40 under 40 group is not ranked, Airline Economics does present its Future Leader award to the individual with the most impressive endorsements from clients and senior industry figures. In 2023 – for the first time – the award was shared by two very impressive candidates. Kinnary Armstrong, executive director at Mizuho and Kalash Pandey, managing director at Goldman Sachs.

In 2023, four individuals achieved the Highly Commended designation that recognises the calibre and sheer quantity of their supporting nominations. These were: Claire McDermott, partner at Flynn O’Driscoll; Claire Waters, aviation finance tax director at KPMG Ireland; Matheus Piorino, head of customer finance at Embraer; and Joe Conboy, aviation finance partner at PwC. 

All 40 under 40 members are given the opportunity to nominate an individual or individuals that have acted as a mentor or an inspiration during their aviation industry career, which was revealed in the fourth Airline Economics Aviation Industry Mentors group for 2023. 

The Airline Economics 40 under 40 Class of 2023 celebrated with sponsors and guests at a glittering gala dinner held at the guildhall in London, on October 2, 2023.

Airline Economics 40 under 40 2023

Kinnary Armstrong Executive Director Mizuho
Ritch Vilas Boas Senior Director, Head of Asset Finance Americas Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
Anas Bounahmidi Chief Technical Officer ABL Aviation
David Breen Head of Corporate Development & Investor Relations Avolon
David Chaimovitz Chief Executive Officer Setna iO
Terry Chang Of Counsel Morgan Lewis
Aqmar Chowdhury Director, Aviation Finance Origination (Americas) MUFG
Cian Coakley Head of Aircraft & Asset Management Origination ORIX Aviation
Joe Conboy Aviation Finance Partner PwC
Jose Ignacio Dougnac Chief Executive Officer Sky Airline
Charlie Ferguson Vice President, Sales and Marketing, EMEA Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance
Annemarie Fleming Head of Castlelake Aviation Services Castlelake
Tom Gathercole Head of EMEA & Executive Vice President Aircastle
Vivien Guo Director, Aviation, APAC BNP Paribas
Ashley Hamilton Associate Clifford Chance
Gareth Hawes Partner Smith Gambrell Russell
Kate Holohan Head of Trading Carlyle Aviation Partners
Matteo Jiang (Pengfei) Senior Vice President, Head of EMEA and Americas Clover Aviation Capital
James Kilner Shareholder Vedder Price
Mahesh Kumar Chief Executive Officer Asia Digital Engineering (ADE)
Stacy Kuperus Chief Portfolio Officer FTAI Aviation
Shirley Lu Vice President, Head of Management Business, Head of Maturing Aircraft Strategy Air Lease Corporation
Claire McDermott Partner Flynn O’Driscoll
Barry Moloney VP Portfolio Management & Originations High Ridge Aviation
Sean Myers SVP Trading, Head of Engine Portfolios World Star Aviation
Mark Napier Executive Director: Commercial Aftermarket, Americas Spirit AeroSystems
Peter O’Byrne Head of Trading Genesis
Jackie O’Connell VP Commercial Falko
Neil O’Donnell General Counsel Aergo Capital
Martina O’Neill Group Vice President, Serviced Assets & Investor Relations Nordic Aviation Capital
Conor O’Sullivan SVP Corporate Finance SMBC Aviation Capital
Kalash Pandey Managing Director Goldman Sachs
Matheus Piorino Head of Customer Finance, North America Embraer
Samuel Rice Vice President – Sales, EMEA Aero Capital Solutions
Alisa Saitharatanapongse VP Transaction Management SMBC Aero Engine Lease
Paula Shanahan Head of Structured Finance Pivotal corporate
Alexandra Somerset Counsel Norton Rose Fulbright
Barry Stafford SVP Risk CDB Aviation
Mojca Svensek Senior Vice President Sales Sabena Technics
Claire Waters Tax Director KPMG

Airline Economics Mentors 2023

Joe Adams Chief Executive Officer & Chairman FTAI Aviation
Mark Allen Head of Corporate Finance SMBC Aviation Capital
Vivek Bantwal Co-Head of Global Financing Group Goldman Sachs
Stan Barnes Chief Financial Officer Aergo Capital
Jason Barany Chief Executive Officer/ Chief Investment Officer Aero Capital Solutions
Adam Beringer Shareholder Vedder Price
Philip Bolger Chairman Abelo Capital Aviation
John Bordeaux Chief Financial Officer High Ridge Aviation
James Bradley Partner Morgan, Lewis, Bockius
Pierre Briens Head of Aviation APAC BNP Paribas
Fred Browne Chief Executive Officer Aergo Capital
Andy Carlisle President at Aviation-Appraisal, former Chief Technical Officer at Goshawk Aviation-Appraisal
Andy Cronin Chief Executive Officer Avolon
Jeanette Delehanty Aviation General Counsel Castlelake
Sarah Dichlian Chief General Counsel Falko
James Duggan Managing Partner Flynn O’Driscoll
Fernando Elias Global Head of Customer Finance Embraer
David Evans Managing Director, North America Pivotal Corporate
Tony Fernandes Chief Executive Officer Capital A
Ben Graham-Evans Partner Smith Gambrell Russell
Karl Griffin Chief Executive Officer Genesis
Steve Hazy Executive Chairman Air Lease Corporation
Sean Hedderman Chief Technical Officer Aergo Capital
Bobby Janagan Manmaging Director Rolls-Royce Partners Finance
Mitsuru Koguchi former Global Head of Structured Finance Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
Robert Korn President Carlyle Aviation Partners
Julie Larrissy Head of Risk CDB Aviation
Pierre-Yves Lazies Sales Director, EMEA Immarsat
Matthew Leigh Partner Smith, Gambrell & Russell
James Meyler Chief Executive Officer ORIX Aviation
Paul O’Dwyer Chief Commercial Officer ORIX Aviation
Joe O’Mara Head of Aviation Finance & Partner KPMG Ireland
Holger Paulmann Chairman SKY Airline
John Plueger CEO and President Air Lease Corporation
Gary Rothschild Partner and Head of Aviation Finance Credit Apollo
Marcelo Santiago VP of Contracts and Asset Management Embraer
Yvonne Thompson Aviation Finance Leader & Partner PwC
Olivier Trauchessec Global Head of Aviation MUFG
Karl Trowbridge Head of Asset Management Aergo Capital
Alex Wass Partner Norton Rose Fulbright
Roger Welaratne Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer SMBC Aero Engine Lease
Emily Wicker Partner Clifford Chance
Greg Willis Chief Financial Officer Air Lease Corporation
Doug Winter Chief Commercial Officer Aircastle
Steve Wong Vice President Engine Marketing AerCap Singapore
Al Wood Founder & Chief Executive Officer Aquila Air Capital
Joe Ye Tian Chief Executive Officer and President Clover Aviation Capital

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Awards dinner 2023

2023 Airline Economics 40 under 40