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Aengus Kelly

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Mr. Kelly was appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of AerCap on May 18, 2011. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer of AerCap’s U.S. operations from January 2008 to May 2011. Mr. Kelly served as AerCap's Group Treasurer from 2005 through December 31, 2007. He started his career in the aviation leasing and financing business with Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) in 1998 and continued working with its successors AerFi in Ireland and debis AirFinance and AerCap in Amsterdam. Prior to joining GPA in 1998, he spent three years with KPMG in Dublin. Mr. Kelly is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Master’s degree in Accounting from University College, Dublin.

Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson

Chief Commercial Officer
Peter Anderson

Mr. Anderson was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in March 2021, overseeing AerCap's worldwide leasing business, including marketing, pricing and commercial execution. During his career at AerCap, Mr. Anderson has served as Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa and as Head of Asia Pacific and China, managing AerCap’s leasing activities and teams in those regions. From 2011, Mr. Anderson worked in the leasing team at ILFC, establishing and leading the Singapore office until AerCap’s acquisition of ILFC in 2014. Mr. Anderson has also held positions at Hong Kong Aviation Capital and at Allco Finance Group in both Sydney and London, specializing in aircraft leasing and structured finance. Mr. Anderson earned his Master of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, and his B.A. from the University of Technology Sydney.

Peter Juhas

Peter Juhas

Chief Financial Officer
Peter Juhas

Mr. Juhas was appointed Chief Financial Officer of AerCap in April 2017, following his appointment as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in September 2015. Prior to joining AerCap, Mr. Juhas was Global Head of Strategic Planning at AIG, where he led the development of the company’s strategic and capital plans, as well as mergers, acquisitions and other transactions, including the sale of ILFC to AerCap. Prior to joining AIG in 2011, Mr. Juhas was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley from 2000 to 2011. While at Morgan Stanley, he led the IPO of AerCap in 2006 and was the lead advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank and the U.S. Treasury on the AIG restructuring and the placement of the U.S. government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship in 2008. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Juhas was an attorney in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, the New York law firm. Mr. Juhas received his A.B. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Vincent Drouillard

General Counsel
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Mr. Drouillard was appointed General Counsel on June 1, 2018. He previously served in the role of Head of Legal Leasing at AerCap, a position he held from 2015 to 2018. He joined ILFC in 2004 and last served as Head of Legal EMEA, prior to the acquisition of ILFC by AerCap. Mr. Drouillard practiced law at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, before joining ILFC. He received law degrees from King’s College London, the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Paris X Nanterre.   Mr. Drouillard is a member of the New York State Bar and the State Bar of California.

Brian Canniffe

Brian Canniffe

Group Treasurer
Brian Canniffe

Mr. Canniffe was appointed Group Treasurer of AerCap in January 2018, previously serving as Head of Investor Relations since joining the company in October 2016.  He has over 20 years' experience in banking, lending and the capital markets. Prior to joining AerCap, Mr. Canniffe served as Managing Director and Head of Global Markets Financing for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and Tokyo, where he led a division that was responsible for providing secured financing, trading, clearing, reporting and various treasury functions in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, he held roles within the financing divisions at Nomura Securities and Bankers Trust International.

Joe Venuto

Joe Venuto

Chief Technical Officer
Joe Venuto

Mr. Venuto was appointed Chief Technical Officer of AerCap in February 2012. He previously served in the role of Senior Vice President Operations for the Americas at AerCap for four years. From 2004 to 2008, he held the role of Senior Vice President Operations at AeroTurbine, responsible for all technical issues. Prior to joining AeroTurbine, Mr. Venuto held the role of Senior Director Maintenance at several airlines including Trump Shuttle, Laker Airways and Amerijet International. He has over 30 years' experience in the aviation industry and he commenced his aviation career as an Airplane and Powerplant technician for Eastern Airlines. Mr. Venuto is a graduate of the College of Aeronautics and a licensed FAA Airframe and Powerplant Technician.

Anton Joiner

Anton Joiner

Chief Risk Officer
Anton Joiner

Mr. Joiner was appointed Chief Risk Officer in 2011 with responsibility for portfolio risk management, workouts, repossessions and debtor management. He joined AerCap in 2001 and held a variety of positions. Prior to joining AerCap, Mr. Joiner held positions with Scotia Capital, Commercial Aviation Group and Hunting Cargo Airlines. He has a Master’s degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield College of Aeronautics.

Jorg Keltzki

Jorg Koletzki

Chief Information Officer
Jorg Keltzki

Mr. Koletzki was appointed Chief Information Officer of AerCap in September 2015. He has significant experience in managing complex system implementations on a global scale, transforming IT functions and running high quality teams. His experience extends to working within large multinational companies including IBM, Volkswagen, National Grid and E.ON.

Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly

Chief Executive Officer, AerCap Ireland Limited
Tom Kelly

Mr. Kelly was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AerCap Ireland in 2010. Mr. Kelly previously served as Chief Financial Officer of AerCap's Irish operations and has a substantial aircraft leasing and financial services background. Previously, Mr. Kelly spent 10 years with GECAS where his last roles were as Chief Financial Officer and director of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) Limited, GECAS’s Irish operation. Mr. Kelly also served as global controller for GECAS in his role as Senior Vice President & Controller. Prior to joining GECAS in 1997, Mr. Kelly spent over 8 years with KPMG in their London office, as Senior Manager in their financial services practice. Mr. Kelly is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College, Dublin.

Risteard Sheridan

Company Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Sheridan was appointed Company Secretary in May 2020 and Chief Compliance Officer in 2019. He joined AerCap in April 2017 as Head of Internal Audit. Prior to joining AerCap, he gained extensive experience advising companies on governance, financial reporting and control/process matters while working with the professional services firms KPMG and EY. Mr. Sheridan holds a Bachelor‘s degree in Business & Legal Studies and a Master’s degree in Accounting from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Theresa Murray

Head of Human Resources

Ms. Murray was appointed Head of Human Resources in October 2016. She has over 25 years' experience across all HR disciplines. Prior to joining AerCap she held the position of International HR Director at Nuance Communications. Throughout her career she has held a variety of HR and management roles including senior positions at Telefonica and Lucent Technologies.

Bart Ligthart

Head of Trading and Portfolio Management

Mr. Ligthart joined the AerCap Trading team in 2007. He was appointed to the position of Head of Trading and Portfolio Management in 2018. Mr. Ligthart has 11 years' experience in aircraft trading and portfolio management in both wide and narrow body aircraft. Prior to joining AerCap he worked at Deloitte and Touche in Amsterdam where he served as Manager Transactions Services. Mr. Ligthart received his B.A in Commercial Economics from Inholland University, and his MSc in Finance Management from Nyenrode Business University.

Marty Olson

Martin Olson

Head of OEM Relations
Marty Olson

Mr. Olson assumed the position of Head of OEM Relations following the acquisition of ILFC by AerCap. He previously served in the role of Senior Vice President at ILFC. Mr. Olson heads AerCap's OEM Relations Department, responsible for purchasing new aircraft and engines. He joined ILFC in 1995 after ten years with McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corporation. Mr. Olson is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

John Govan

Head of EMEA

Mr. Govan was promoted to the position of Head of EMEA in March 2021. He previously served in the role of Vice President Leasing from 2016 to 2021. In his role, Mr. Govan is responsible for AerCap’s leasing activities across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining AerCap, he worked in the Technical team at SMBC Aviation Capital, formerly RBS Aviation Capital, as VP Technical and was subsequently promoted to the role of SVP Airline Marketing, followed by SVP OEM Relations. Mr. Govan began his aviation career as an Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Apprentice at Lufthansa Technik, formerly Shannon Aerospace, where he qualified as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician in 1992.

Bashir Hajjar

Head of Americas

Mr. Hajjar assumed the position of Head of Americas in October 2018. In his role Mr. Hajjar is responsible for AerCap’s leasing activities across the Americas. He brings 30 years of wide ranging experience in the aviation industry from aircraft manufacturing to aircraft leasing and airline management. Prior to joining AerCap he held various positions in the Fleet Planning group for Continental Airlines and the Aircraft Marketing group at McDonnell Douglas. Mr. Hajjar began his aviation career in engineering, at McDonnell Douglas, Eastern Airlines and Continental Airlines. Mr. Hajjar holds a Masters of Business Administration from California State University Long Beach, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Saint Louis University, and an FAA Airframe and Power Plant Certificate.

Emmanuel Herinckx

Head of Asia Pacific

Mr. Herinckx was appointed to the position of Head of Asia Pacific in July 2019. He oversees AerCap’s leasing activities across Asia Pacific and China from our office in Singapore. Mr. Herinckx joined AerCap in September 2006 as Vice President Marketing Asia Pacific. Prior to joining AerCap he worked in the Airline Marketing Departments of Airbus North America Sales, INC, Washington DC, USA and Airbus SAS, Toulouse, France for a period of 7 years. Mr. Herinckx holds a Master of Science in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, United Kingdom.

Paul Dacier

Paul Dacier

Non-Executive Chairman
Paul Dacier

Mr. Dacier has been a Director of AerCap since May 27, 2010. He is also currently the general counsel at Indigo Agriculture, a privately held start-up company, and he is on the Board of Directors of Progress Software Inc. (a software application development company). Until 2016, Mr. Dacier was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of EMC Corporation (an information infrastructure technology and solutions company), where he worked in various positions from 1990. He was a Non-Executive Director of GTY Technology Holdings Inc. from October 2016 until November 2019 and a Non-Executive Director of Genesis from November 2007 until the date of its amalgamation with AerCap International Bermuda Limited in March 2010. Prior to joining EMC, Mr. Dacier was an attorney with Apollo Computer Inc. (a computer work station company) from 1984 to 1990. Mr. Dacier received a B.A. in history and a J.D. in 1983 from Marquette University. He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the state of Wisconsin.

Aengus Kelly

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Mr. Kelly was appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of AerCap on May 18, 2011. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer of AerCap’s U.S. operations from January 2008 to May 2011. Mr. Kelly served as AerCap's Group Treasurer from 2005 through December 31, 2007. He started his career in the aviation leasing and financing business with Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) in 1998 and continued working with its successors AerFi in Ireland and debis AirFinance and AerCap in Amsterdam. Prior to joining GPA in 1998, he spent three years with KPMG in Dublin. Mr. Kelly is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Master’s degree in Accounting from University College, Dublin.

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Julian (Brad) Branch, CPA

Non-Executive Director
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Mr. Branch has been a Director of AerCap since April 25, 2018. Mr. Branch most recently served Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd (Deloitte’s global organization) as Senior Advisor in the Office of the CEO and served the Boards of Deloitte Northwest Europe LP and of Deloitte’s Middle East practice. Mr. Branch’s professional career has spanned 40 years; he first qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in June 1979, and was a general partner of Deloitte entities in the U.S. including Deloitte & Touche LLP (accounting and auditing) and Deloitte Consulting LLP (consulting) for 29 years. His industry focus has been the air transportation industry; large global air carriers. Mr. Branch held a variety of global leadership roles with Deloitte, having lived and practiced outside of the U.S. for over a decade. Mr. Branch has vigorously supported the community through not-for-profit Board service, such as the Advisory Board of Emory University School of Ethics and the Duke University Heart Center. He received a BA and MBA from the University of North Carolina.

Stacey Cartwright

Non-Executive Director

Ms. Cartwright has been a Director of AerCap since April 24, 2019. She is also currently Chair of the Board of Ovo Energy and a Non-Executive Director of Savills PLC, Genpact and Majid al Futtaim LEC. She also Chairs the Advisory Committee of Majid al Futtaim Lifestyle. Ms. Cartwright previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Nichols Group from 2014 to 2017 (and as Deputy Chairman in 2018), Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Burberry Group from 2004 to 2013, and Chief Financial Officer of Egg PLC from 1999 to 2003, having spent her early career with Granada Group. Ms. Cartwright was also a Non-Executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline PLC and a Senior Independent Director of the Football Association Ltd. Ms. Cartwright is a qualified chartered accountant and she received a BSc from the London School of Economics.

Rita Forst

Non-Executive Director

Ms. Forst has been a Director of AerCap since April 24, 2019. She is also currently an independent business consultant in powertrain and vehicle technology, and serves as member of the supervisory board of Norma Group SE and ElringKlinger AG in Germany. Effective April 29, 2020, Ms. Forst became a Non-Executive Director of Westport Fuel Systems Inc. in Vancouver, Canada. In addition, Ms. Forst holds an advisory board position at iwis SE & Co. KG in Germany. Ms. Forst spent more than 35 years at the Opel European division of General Motors in senior engineering and management positions, and as a member of Opel’s management board. As such, Ms. Forst has been responsible for the development of new generations of engines and car models for Opel and General Motors. Ms. Forst holds Bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Kettering University (U.S.) and the Darmstadt University of Applied Technology (Germany).

Richard Gradon

Richard (Michael) Gradon

Non-Executive Director
Richard Gradon

Mr. Gradon has been a Director of AerCap since May 27, 2010. He is also currently a Non-Executive Director of Exclusive Hotels. He was a Non-Executive Director of Genesis from November 2007 until the date of its amalgamation with AerCap International Bermuda Limited in March 2010. He practiced law at Slaughter & May before joining the UK FTSE 100 company The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) where he was a main Board Director from 1998 until its takeover in 2006. His roles at P&O included the group commercial & legal director function and he served as Chairman of P&O's property division. Mr. Gradon served on the board of The Wimbledon Tennis Championships from 2005 to 2019 and on the board of Grosvenor Limited from 2007 to 2015. In addition, Mr. Gradon served as Chairman of La Manga Club, Spain, and Chief Executive Officer of the London Gateway projects. Mr. Gradon holds an M.A. degree in law from Cambridge University.

James Lawrence

James (Jim) Lawrence

Non-Executive Director
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Mr. Lawrence has been a Director of AerCap since May 5, 2017. He is currently Chairman of Lake Harriet Capital, a private investment firm. Previously, Mr. Lawrence served as Chairman of Rothschild North America and earlier as Chief Executive Officer of Rothschild North America and as co-head of global investment banking at Rothschild from 2010 to 2015. Prior to Rothschild, Mr. Lawrence was Chief Financial Officer of Unilever and he served as Executive Director on the boards of Unilever NV and Unilever PLC. He joined Unilever in 2007 after serving as the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of General Mills for nine years. Prior to General Mills, Mr. Lawrence was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Airlines from 1996 to 1998, and before that Mr. Lawrence was a division President at PepsiCo, serving as CEO of Pepsi-Cola Asia, Middle East, Africa from 1992 to 1996. In 1983, he cofounded The LEK Partnership, a corporate strategy and merger/acquisition firm, headquartered in London. Before that he was a Partner of Bain and Company having opened their London and Munich offices. Prior to that, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Lawrence is currently a Non-Executive Director of Avnet Inc. and Smurfit Kappa Group. His aviation industry experience dates from 1990, and it includes, in addition to being the Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Airlines, serving on the boards of IAG (International Consolidated Airlines Group), Continental Airlines, TWA, Mesaba and British Airways. Since 1990, Mr. Lawrence has served on 16 public company boards, several private company boards and numerous non-profit boards. Mr. Lawrence earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

Non-Executive Director
Michael Walsh

Mr. Walsh has been a Director of AerCap since May 5, 2017. He previously served as a Non-Executive Director, including Chairman, of a number of companies which finance and lease aircraft and trains throughout the world. Mr. Walsh has over 30 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director, senior executive and commercial lawyer in the aircraft leasing and financing industry. In 1989, he joined GPA Group plc, the aircraft leasing and financing company, and held a number of senior management positions, including General Counsel. Following the acquisition of GPA by debis AirFinance in 2000, Mr. Walsh was appointed General Counsel of debis AirFinance and held that position until 2002. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Chief Legal Officer of Bord Gais Eireann, the Irish gas utility. From 1986 to 1989, he was a diplomat in the Irish Diplomatic Service. Mr. Walsh is a barrister and a law graduate of University College, Cork, Ireland.

Robert Warden

Robert (Bob) Warden

Non-Executive Director
Robert Warden

Mr. Warden has been a Director of AerCap since July 26, 2006. He is also currently Global Head of Private Equity at Cerberus Capital Management, LP, which he rejoined in October 2018 after previously working at Cerberus from 2003 to 2012. Mr. Warden has worked in the private equity industry for over 25 years. He was formerly a partner at Pamplona Capital Management from 2012 to 2018, and had previously worked in private equity at J.H. Whitney, Cornerstone Equity Investors and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Warden received his A.B. from Brown University.

Audit Committee

James (Jim) Lawrence

Non-Executive Director (Committee Chairman)

Julian (Brad) Branch, CPA

Non-Executive Director

Richard (Michael) Gradon

Non-Executive Director

Michael Walsh

Non-Executive Director

Group Executive Committee

Aengus Kelly

Chief Executive Officer (Committee Chairman)

Philip Scruggs

President

Peter Juhas

Chief Financial Officer

Peter Anderson

Chief Commercial Officer

John Govan

Head of EMEA

Group Portfolio and Investment Committee

Peter Juhas

Chief Financial Officer (Committee Chairman)

Aengus Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Robert (Bob) Warden

Non-Executive Director

Bart Ligthart

Head of Trading and Portfolio Management

Rita Forst

Non-Executive Director

Group Treasury and Accounting Committee

Peter Juhas

Chief Financial Officer (Committee Chairman)

Aengus Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Brian Canniffe

Group Treasurer

Tom Kelly

Chief Executive Officer, AerCap Ireland Limited

Paul Dacier

Non-Executive Chairman

Robert (Bob) Warden

Non-Executive Director

Nomination and Compensation Committee

Paul Dacier

Non-Executive Chairman (Committee Chairman)

Robert (Bob) Warden

Non-Executive Director

Michael Walsh

Non-Executive Director

Stacey Cartwright

Non-Executive Director