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The CDB Aviation team is led by an experienced group of leasing, financial, operational and marketing leaders who have worked around the world with airlines and the leading aircraft manufacturers today. We are a seasoned international team who have successfully managed through multiple cycles. We are a disciplined competitor and investor committed for the long haul.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Mr. Xuedong Wang

MR. XUEDONG WANG

CHAIRMAN OF CDB AVIATION

Mr. Xuedong Wang, the Chairman of CDB Aviation, has extensive working experience in China government organization and banks. Chairman Wang was served as Vice President of CDB Shanghai Branch and President of CDB Hunan Branch, while now is the Chairman of CDB Leasing. With working experience in investment and finance for more than 30 years, Chairman Wang has made great achievements and honored several China national awards. He achieved a master degree of Central University of Finance and Economics. With a wide international perspective, he went for further study in University of Wales with scholarship awarded by UK government and also got short- term trainings in Goethe University Frankfurt and USA MIT Sloan School of Management. In 2016, led by Chairman Wang, CDB Leasing, the sole shareholder of CDB Aviation went public in HK successfully as the sole financial leasing listed company in China.

Peter Chang

PETER CHANG

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Peter has been an active member of the aviation community for the past four decades. He started work at Boeing immediately after graduating in 1979 and his vast experience includes manufacturing, sales and leasing. Having long been at the forefront of aviation leasing, he was the first to start aircraft operating leases in China as MD at GPA. He has served as Executive Vice President for companies including Aircastle Advisers and International Leasing Finance Corporation and prior to Joining CDB Aviation he was the Principal for the China Aviation Advisors Group.

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PATRICK C. HANNIGAN

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

Patrick is our President and Chief Commercial Officer with two decades of experience in finance, marketing, sales and P&L oversight. He has been at the top of the airline Leasing sector for many years, including being a founding shareholder of Avolon leasing and served as CEO in their joint venture with Wells Fargo. Patrick served as Senior Vice President, Marketing for RBS Aviation Capital (now SMBC). He also held the role of Vice President Marketing at GE Capital Aviation Services, where he spearheaded the development of the company’s operations in the Middle East and Africa. Patrick has also held executive positions at Diageo, Deloitte and Touche. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

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Will Gramolt

WILL GRAMOLT

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Will is our Chief Financial Officer with more than 15 years’ experience in aircraft leasing finance. His skills are wide-ranging and include equity and debt capital raisings, cross-border group structuring and stock market listings. Will has worked in a variety of aircraft leasing companies including Hong Kong Aviation Capital, GAAM, AWAS and BBAM. He has experience in establishing and integrating new departments, systems and processes and of treasury management, budgeting, forecasting and hedging.

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Lucas Mollan

LUCAS MOLLAN

CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER

Lucas is our Chief Technical Officer and has worked in the Aviation sector for over 30 years. With extensive experience in leasing and operating in multi-national organisations, he has a reputation for taking start-up outfits and making them world-leading. As a member of the Avolon leadership team he was instrumental in taking this start-up lessor to the world’s third largest within seven years. He has turned around a number of under-performing companies and made them profitable, including the rationalization of three varied fleets into one coherent operating fleet within three years.

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Nick Hazeldine CDB Aviation COO

NICK HAZELDINE

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Nick is based in Dublin as Chief Operating Officer of the company. Nick is a seasoned aircraft leasing professional with more than 16 years of experience in asset finance, working for lessors exclusively owned by large financial institutions. His background spans a number of key operational areas, such as: risk, commercial negotiation, contract management, and aircraft deliveries. In his most recent role, Nick was credited with establishing and leading the industry’s first aircraft leasing innovation lab. Previously, he served as Head of Credit Risk, Head of Transaction Management, Senior Vice President, Commercial Negotiation, as well as several other roles in contract management, aircraft deliveries, and funding. Nick started his career in The Royal Bank of Scotland’s rail leasing business before progressing to their Structured Asset Finance division. Nick holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Leeds.

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Peter Goodman

PETER GOODMAN

HEAD OF COMMERCIAL
Europe Middle-East Africa

Peter is our Head of Commercial, Europe Middle-East Africa, with more than three decades of experience in the aircraft leasing and airline industries. During his career, Peter has held senior executive roles at leading global lessors, including BOC Aviation, ORIX, Pembroke, GECAS, and Guinness Peat Aviation. Prior to CDB Aviation, Peter served as BOC Aviation’s Executive Vice President and Head of Airline Leasing and Sales for Americas, Europe, and Africa. Peter has a long track record of managing large and multilocation technical and marketing/sales teams, and has extensive relationships at senior levels with the world’s leading airlines and OEMs.

TOM DONOHOE

GENERAL COUNSEL

Tom Donohoe is our General Counsel, based in Hong Kong. Tom has 15 years of experience as an attorney focusing on asset finance, aircraft operating leasing, structured finance, and corporate transactions. Prior to his role as General Counsel at CDB Aviation, Tom served as Head of Legal and Transaction Management. He joined the company from Hong Kong Aviation Capital where he was Director, Transaction Management, and before that, he served as Legal Director at AWAS in Dublin. During his career, Tom also worked as an attorney in private practice in the Global Transport group at Vedder Price in New York. Tom earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Cardozo Law School in New York and is admitted to the New York State Bar. He holds undergraduate degrees in finance and accounting from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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John Leenane

JOHN LEENANE

HEAD OF TRADING

John is our Head of Trading with three decades of experience in banking, structured finance, and aircraft operating leasing. His extensive background encompasses lending, financing, trading, pricing, portfolio management, aircraft acquisition, and strategic partnership development. Prior to CDB Aviation, John was Regional Director, Europe & Asia – Financial Institutions Group, at CIT Aerospace International. He also served as Director of TC-CIT Aviation Ireland, a joint venture between CIT Aerospace and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Capital Strategies, at ORIX Aviation. John also held executive positions at Fresh Mortgages Limited, Investec Bank, IIU Ltd, and ABN AMRO Bank N.V. He is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

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SIGN KADOUH

HEAD OF COMMERCIAL, ASIA PACIFIC

Sign is our Head of Commercial, Asia Pacific. Sign has more than a decade of experience in aviation finance and legal, and has spent nearly a decade of his career working in Asia. Prior to joining CDB Aviation in February 2017, Sign served as Vice President, Legal, at International Lease Finance Corporation and AerCap (post the 2014 acquisition). He advised leasing teams on legal matters and led aircraft lease negotiations across Asia Pacific. He also served at Paul Hastings LLP, assisting clients in the aerospace, defense, manufacturing, entertainment, and technology industries.

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LUÍS DA SILVA

HEAD OF COMMERCIAL, THE AMERICAS

Luís is our Head of Commercial, the Americas, based in Fort Lauderdale. Luís has over two decades of experience in aviation and aircraft leasing, with his career predominantly focused on marketing and sales activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to CDB Aviation, he served as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Latin America for GECAS. Previously, he held senior sales positions within Airbus, based in both Toulouse and Miami, where he cultivated the manufacturer’s relationships with airlines in Latin America.

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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Peter Chang, Executive Director
  • Xuedong Wang, Chairman
  • Hong Chen, Non-Executive Director
  • Qian Feng, Non-Executive Director
  • Alan Geraghty, Non-Executive Director
  • Stephen Kavanagh, Non-Executive Director
  • Chris Quinn, Non-Executive Director
  • Bing Yi, Non-Executive Director

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