Chief Executive Officer
Andy Cronin was appointed Avolon’s Chief Executive Officer in July 2022 and is a globally recognised leader within the aviation industry, having held an array of senior roles across the sector for more than 20 years.
As part of the founding team and serving as Avolon’s CFO from 2010-2022, Andy has played a central role in building the company to the industry-leading position it holds today. In this role, he has successfully led Finance and Capital Market teams through numerous capital raises, debt issuances, successfully listing Avolon on the NYSE, privatizations and subsequent corporate acquisitions.
Prior to joining Avolon, Andy served as SVP Investor Markets at RBS Aviation Capital with responsibility for disposal, financing and debt syndication of operating lease and structured debt products to a wide pool of investors and banking communities. Before working at RBS Aviation Capital, Andy worked in numerous commercial and operational roles at FLS Aerospace.
Andy has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Industrial Engineering, both with First Class Honours from University College Dublin.
President & Chief Commercial Officer
Paul Geaney was appointed as Avolon’s Chief Commercial Officer in July 2021 and as President & CCO in July 2022. He is responsible for the Origination Team at Avolon, all aircraft origination, marketing activity, executing aircraft orders and overseeing the management of Avolon’s orderbook. Prior to this, Paul was the Chief Risk Officer and he had also previously been responsible for managing Avolon’s relationships with all airframe and engine manufacturers as Head of the OEM team.
Paul joined Avolon in May 2010. Prior to this he spent three years with Claret Capital, including a period running one of its portfolio companies, before becoming a partner at the firm. Paul began his aviation career in 2002, he has worked for RBS Aviation Capital on its credit and pricing teams and ran RBS’s international corporate jet finance business. Paul began his professional career with Merrill Lynch in New York where he worked for their healthcare banking team.
Paul holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Politics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Chief People Officer
Ciara Ruane was appointed Chief People Officer in October 2021 and is responsible for leading Avolon’s people strategy, employee experience, recruitment, rewards, retention, leadership development, learning and diversity & inclusion.
Ciara has over 20 years’ Human Resources (HR) experience working in strategic HR and effectiveness and, prior to joining Avolon, Ciara worked at Primark, a leading fashion retailer. At Primark, Ciara became Group Director of People and Culture where she also led Primark’s Diversity and Inclusion agenda, wellbeing strategy and corporate giving programmes. Prior to working at Primark, Ciara worked for Willis Towers Watson for over 10 years across a broad range of HR practices.
Ciara is a graduate of Smurfit Business School and has a Bachelor of Science from University College Cork.
Chief Financial Officer
Ross O’Connor was appointed Chief Financial Officer in October 2022 and leads the Finance and Capital Markets Teams at Avolon.
Ross O’Connor joined Avolon in 2011 and held various roles throughout the organisation, including positions in the aircraft trading and the capital markets teams, as well as Head of Investor Relations. More recently, Ross has served as the Head of Capital Markets for Avolon, having responsibility for leading Avolon’s capital markets and fundraising strategy and initiatives. This includes managing Avolon’s investor relations and rating agency management activities, as well as Avolon’s global bank relationships.
Ross holds a Bachelor (Hons) in Management Science and Information Systems Studies from Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Chief Operating Officer
Felipe Campos was appointed Avolon’s Chief Operating Officer in October 2022 and oversees all of Avolon’s operational activity. Felipe Campos joined Avolon in April 2016 and most recently served as Chief Technical Officer from 2021-2022. In this role, Felipe led Avolon’s Technical function, managing all technical aspects of the business including lease transactions, new aircraft deliveries and oversight of delivered aircraft while on lease.
Prior to joining Avolon, Felipe held a variety of roles across the aviation industry including GE Aviation and LATAM and TAM airlines, where he was responsible for marketing, aircraft financing, leasing, fleet planning, engines, and supply chain contracts.
Felipe holds a Master of Science in Naval Engineering and Project Management from Escola Politécnica at the University of São Paulo. He also holds an MBA from IBMEC.
Chief Risk Officer
Jim Morrison was appointed Chief Risk Officer in October 2022. He is responsible for the implementation, oversight, and continued development of Avolon’s risk management strategy, ensuring that Avolon proactively addresses the immediate and future challenges faced by the industry.
A member of Avolon since 2017, Jim most recently served as Head of Portfolio Management where he was responsible for identifying and projecting key industry trends, performing airline and market analysis, and developing aircraft investment cases. Jim led Avolon’s strategic entry into the freighter market and helped launch our eVTOL commercialization strategy. Jim contributes to Avolon’s thought leadership agenda, publishing our annual outlook papers and developing Avolon’s sustainability initiatives.
Prior to joining Avolon, Jim held airline marketing, market analysis, and product strategy roles with CIT Aerospace and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. Jim is an ISTAT Certified Appraiser and a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.
Jim holds a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University, Kingston.
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