Chief Executive Officer & 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.
Chief Commercial Officer
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.
Chief Technical Officer
Mr. Burke was promoted to the position of Chief Technical Officer in June 2022, following his prior appointment to Deputy Chief Technical Officer in 2018. Previously he served as Head of Technical EMEA from 2014 to 2018. From 2008, Mr. Burke worked at ILFC where he headed the technical group responsible for the EMEA region until AerCap’s acquisition of ILFC in 2014. He spent six years at TransAer International Airlines, where he worked internationally in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas in various roles. He began his career as an Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Apprentice at SRS Aviation, an Aer Lingus subsidiary, where he qualified as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. Mr. Burke holds a Bachelor of Business in Aviation and Transport from Carlow Institute of Technology and is an EASA 66 Licenced Engineer. He also holds an FAA A&P Licence and an FAA Private Pilot’s Licence.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Cargo
Mr. Greener assumed the role of Head of Cargo following AerCap’s acquisition of GECAS in November 2021. He is responsible for AerCap’s global cargo aircraft strategy and portfolio. Mr. Greener joined GECAS in 2001, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Vice President of Specialty Markets, including cargo and regional aircraft. He began his career in business development and marketing with BAe Systems Airbus and has 30 years’ experience in the aerospace industry. Mr. Greener holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Management Studies from the University of the West of England.
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.
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.
Chief Risk Officer
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.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
Chief Information Officer
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.
Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Ligthart joined the AerCap Trading team in 2007. He was appointed to the position of Head of Trading and Portfolio Management in September 2018 and as Chief Investment Officer in March 2022. Mr. Ligthart has 15 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.
Head of Commercial Operations
Mr. Manifold was appointed Head of Commercial Operations following AerCap’s acquisition of GECAS in November 2021. He has 28 years of industry experience including management roles with responsibility for finance, pricing, asset purchasing, portfolio management and strategy. Immediately prior to joining AerCap he was EVP Commercial Operations at GECAS with responsibility for new aircraft acquisitions, portfolio placement and pricing. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC in Ireland, where he spent 4 years in roles including audit, accounting, tax, and insolvency, prior to joining GE in 1993. Mr. Manifold has a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from University of Limerick and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland since 2003.
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.
Head of OEM Relations
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.
President & CEO, Milestone Aviation
Mr. Sheedy is President and CEO of Milestone Aviation. He has over 20 years of international financial services experience, including having previously led the underwriting and portfolio management function at Milestone Aviation and also having overall risk responsibility for GE Engine Leasing and GECAS’ Cargo business. Prior to joining Milestone, he spent the majority of his career working in commercial aircraft leasing, with a particular focus on Emerging Markets, covering the Middle East, Africa and Russia. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in Ireland, where he spent 4 years in several roles including audit and assurance, corporate finance and corporate recovery, prior to joining GE in 2004. Mr. Sheedy obtained his Bachelor of Business Studies degree from University of Limerick and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Company Secretary & 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.
Executive Vice President Engines
Mr. Slattery assumed the role of Executive Vice President of AerCap Engines following the acquisition of GECAS by AerCap in November 2021. Mr. Slattery heads the engine asset management activity of AerCap, responsible for the spare engine leasing business and the installed engine operations. He joined GE Aviation in 2000 as an engineer working on engine overhaul economics, followed by assuming several roles in GECAS, including sales and technical leadership, and in 2018, he was appointed EVP GECAS Engines. Mr. Slattery holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business from Cranfield University.