AIRCASTLE - Key Persons


Aaron Dahlke - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Member of the Senior Management Team
Aaron Dahlke became our Chief Financial Officer in June 2017. Prior to that, he was our Chief Accounting Officer from June 2005. Mr. Dahlke was Vice President and Controller of Boullioun Aviation Services Inc. from January 2003. Prior to Boullioun, Mr. Dahlke was at ImageX.com, Inc. and Ernst & Young LLP. He received a B.S. in Accounting from California State University San Bernardino and is a CPA.

Agnes Mura

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • President of Agnes Mura, Inc
Agnes Mura was appointed to our Board on February 18, 2013. Ms. Mura has been the President of Agnes Mura, Inc., (AMI) since 1997. AMI is a leadership development firm, specializing in global executive coaching and organizational behavior for senior teams in Global 1000 companies. Prior to AMI, Ms. Mura was Vice President and IPB California Representative of Bankers Trust Co. from 1993 to 1996. From 1985 to 1993, she was Assistant Vice President, and then Vice President for First Interstate Bank Ltd. Ms. Mura was the Foreign Relations Manager for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee from 1983 to 1985. She holds a BA from Edinburgh University and an MA from the University of Cologne, Germany. Ms. Mura brings to the Board strong leadership and leadership development skills and extensive experience in international business, and she provides valuable insight in these areas to the Board and to the Company's management.

Charles W. Pollard

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board of Directors
Charles W. Pollard was appointed to our Board on July 6, 2010. In 1997, Mr. Pollard joined Omni Air International, Inc., a passenger charter carrier where he served variously as Managing Director, President and CEO, and Vice Chairman until 2009. Previously he spent 10 years in senior management positions, including President and CEO, at World Airways, Inc., the oldest U.S. charter airline. Prior to joining World Airways, Inc., he practiced corporate law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He currently serves on the board of directors of Allegiant Travel Company. Mr. Pollard previously served as a director of Air Partner plc until 2014 and AeroMechanical Services Ltd. until 2011. Mr. Pollard brings to the Board extensive experience in operations, strategic planning and financial matters relevant to the airline industry, and he provides valuable insight in these areas to the Board and to the Company's management.

Christopher L. Beers - Chief Legal Officer

Job Titles:
  • Chief Legal Officer
  • General Counsel
  • Member of the Senior Management Team
Christopher L. Beers became our General Counsel in November 2014. Prior to joining Aircastle, Mr. Beers held senior positions at GE Capital since 2000, including Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at GE Capital Aviation Services ("GECAS") from 2009 to 2014, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of GE Transportation Finance from 2006 to 2009. Previously, Mr. Beers was a Senior Associate at the law firm of Milbank Tweed Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Mr. Beers holds a BS in Economics from Arizona State University and a JD from Pace Law School.

Douglas A. Hacker

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Independent Business Executive
Douglas A. Hacker was appointed to our Board on August 2, 2006. Mr. Hacker is currently an independent business executive and formerly served from December 2002 to May 2006 as Executive Vice President, Strategy for UAL Corporation, an airline holding company. Prior to this position, Mr. Hacker served with UAL Corporation as President, UAL Loyalty Services from September 2001 to December 2002 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from July 1999 to September 2001. Mr. Hacker serves as a director of Travelport Worldwide Limited and served as a director of SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd form 2010 until 2014. Mr. Hacker also serves as a director or trustee of a series of open-end investment companies that are part of the Columbia family of mutual funds and as a director of Spartan Nash. The Board has determined that Mr. Hacker is "financially literate" as defined by NYSE rules and is a "financial expert" as defined by SEC regulations. Mr. Hacker's extensive experience in financial and operating management, including his prior service as an Executive Vice President, Strategy and Chief Financial Officer of a major U.S. airline, in addition to his depth of knowledge in executive compensation, provide to the Board excellent perspectives on airline financial and operational matters and on aircraft investing, leasing and finance matters, on strategic matters relevant to the Company and on executive compensation.

Douglas C. Winter - Chief Commercial Officer

Job Titles:
  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • Member of the Senior Management Team
Douglas C. Winter became our Chief Commercial Officer in April 2019. Prior to joining Aircastle, Mr. Winter was Vice Chairman of Amedeo, a leading aircraft asset manager, from July 2018 to March 2019, as well as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Managers at Voyager Aviation ("Voyager") from October 2017 to March 2019. Prior to this, he served as President and Chief Commercial Officer at Voyager from September 2015 to September 2017. Mr. Winter joined Voyager in June 2015 as Chief Commercial Officer. Previously, Mr. Winter was an advisor to GE Capital Aviation Services and Chief Executive Officer of Octagon Aviation from June 2013 to May 2015 and, before this, he served as Head of Global Sales at AWAS in Dublin, Ireland from December 2010 to May 2013. Mr. Winter has over 30 years of experience in commercial aviation, having started his career with McDonnell Douglas in 1985, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University.

Giovanni Bisignani

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board of Directors
Giovanni Bisignani was appointed to our Board on May 24, 2012 and was the Director General and CEO of the IATA… Giovanni Bisignani was appointed to our Board on May 24, 2012. Mr. Bisignani was the Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, or IATA, from 2002 to 2011. In 2001, he launched the European travel portal Opodo and served as its Chief Executive Officer. From 1998 to 2001, he served as CEO & Managing Director of SM Logistics, a group of logistics and freight forwarding companies partially owned by General Electric. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Bisignani served as President of Tirrenia di Navigazione, the largest Italian ferry company. He spent five years as CEO and Managing Director of Alitalia from 1989 to 1994. During this time he also served on the IATA Board of Governors. He has been a Member of the Pratt & Whitney Advisory Board and Chairman of Galileo International. Mr. Bisignani began his career with Citibank and then held several high-level positions at the energy company ENI and with the Italian industrial conglomerate IRI Group. Mr. Bisignani studied both in Italy (Rome) and the United States (Harvard Business School). Mr. Bisignani is a member of the Board and Strategic, Remunerations and Nominating committees of SAFRAN Group, a holding company which encompasses aircraft engine manufacturing, aerospace, and defense and security activities, partially owned by the French Government. Designated by Etihad in January 2015, he became a Board member of Alitalia - Società Aerea Italiana and the Chairman of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee; he is also a member of the Related Party Committee and the Audit Committee. Mr. Bisignani is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Aviation, Travel & Tourism (Switzerland) and is a Visiting Professor, at Cranfield University - School of Engineering (UK). Mr. Bisignani brings to the Board strong leadership skills, extensive experience in operations, strategic planning and financial matters relevant to the airline and travel industry and extensive, high-level contacts with airlines which are customers of the Company or which may in the future be customers of the Company.

Guy Bacigalupi - Chief Risk Officer

Job Titles:
  • Chief Risk Officer
Guy Bacigalupi is the Chief Risk Officer at Aircastle Advisor LLC. Prior to joining Aircastle in 2012, Guy has held roles in Risk Management, Finance and Business Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, GE Consumer Finance and GE Capital Aviation Services in the US and Europe. He has an MBA from Wharton and went to Dartmouth as an undergrad.

James C. Connelly - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Connelly became our Chief Accounting Officer in August 2018. Previously, Mr. Connelly was Aircastle's Controller from January 2013. He joined Aircastle in May 2007 as Assistant Controller, Operational Accounting. Prior to joining Aircastle, Mr. Connelly was a Controller in the Finance Division of Lehman Brothers, beginning in January 2001. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Syracuse University.

Joseph Schreiner - EVP

Job Titles:
  • Executive Vice President
  • Executive Vice President, Technical
Mr. Schreiner became our Executive Vice President, Technical in October 2004. Prior to joining Aircastle, Mr. Schreiner oversaw the technical department at AAR CORP., a provider of products and services to the aviation and defense industries from 1998 to 2004 where he managed aircraft and engine evaluations and inspections, aircraft lease transitions, reconfiguration and heavy maintenance. Prior to AAR, Mr. Schreiner spent 19 years at Boeing (McDonnell-Douglas) in various technical management positions. Mr. Schreiner received a BS from the University of Illinois and a MBA from Pepperdine University.

Jun Horie - CEO, President

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • President
  • President and CEO of Marubeni America Corporation
Mr. Horie was appointed to our Board in May 2019. Mr. Horie is the President and CEO of Marubeni America Corporation. From April 2015 to March 2019 Mr. Horie was Chief Operating Officer of Chemical Products Division at Marubeni Corporation and has been its Executive Officer since April 1, 2016. Mr. Horie serves as a Director of Marubeni Chemix Corp. and Director of Marubeni Plax Corporation. Mr. Horie has over 30 years' experience in the Chemical Industry and brings to the Board extensive experience in operations, strategic planning and financial matters. Mr. Horie was designated to the Board by Marubeni pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholder Agreement between the Company and Marubeni Corporation, dated February 15, 2015.

Michael J. Cave

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board of Directors
Michael J. Cave was appointed to our Board on May 22, 2014. He served as a Senior Vice President of The Boeing… Michael J. Cave was appointed to our Board on May 22, 2014. Previously, he served as a Senior Vice President of The Boeing Company, the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft from 2007 through his retirement in 2014. Mr. Cave served as President and Principal Executive Officer and as a director of the Boeing Capital Corporation from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Cave served as a director of Private Export Funding Corporation from 2010 until 2014. Mr. Cave served as senior vice president of business development and strategy for The Boeing Company, as senior vice president/chief financial officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and as vice president, finance for Boeing Information, Space & Defense Systems from 1998 through 2006. Prior to 1998, Mr. Cave held a variety of other assignments across Boeing's defense and commercial businesses. He was named one of the 100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business for 2006 by Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Purdue University. Mr. Cave is a director of Ball Corporation and Esterline Technologies Corporation and he is Chairman of the Board of Harley - Davidson, Inc. The Board has determined that Mr. Cave is "financially literate" as defined by NYSE rules and is a "financial expert" as defined by SEC regulations. Mr. Cave's skills, expertise and experience in engineering and financial services make him an extremely valuable member of the Board, particularly in light of his insights into the various products under development and entering production at both Boeing and its competitors and in light of the many high-level customer relationships that he developed in his time at Boeing Commercial Airplanes and at Boeing Capital Corp., its financing arm.

Michael J. Inglese - CEO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Member of the Senior Management Team
  • Chief Executive Officer and a Member
Michael Inglese became our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board in June 2017, having served as... Michael Inglese was appointed to our Board on June 9, 2017. Mr. Inglese also became our Chief Executive Officer in June 2017, having served as our Acting Chief Executive Officer from January 2017. He was previously our Chief Financial Officer from April 2007. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Inglese served as Chief Financial Officer of PanAmSat Holding Corporation from June 2000 until the closing of PanAmSat's sale to Intelsat in July 2006. Mr. Inglese joined PanAmSat in May 1998 as Vice President, Finance after serving as Chief Financial Officer for DIRECTV Japan, Inc. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst who holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University College of Engineering and an MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Business Management.

Peter V. Ueberroth - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Member of the Chairman of the Board
Peter V. Ueberroth was appointed to our Board on August 2, 2006 and became Chairman of the Board in August 2012. Mr. Ueberroth is an investor in, and has served as Chairman of, the Contrarian Group, Inc., a business management company, since 1989. He is the co-chairman of Pebble Beach Company and a director Bell Riddell Giro, formerly known as Easton Bell Sports. He also served as director of Coca-Cola Company, Adecco SA, an international, publicly traded employment services company; Ambassadors International, Inc., a publicly traded travel services business; and Hilton Hotels Corporation during the past five years. Mr. Ueberroth brings strong leadership skills and extensive experience in the airline and travel industries to the Board. From his leadership roles in other global businesses and from in his past role as Chairman of the United States Olympic Committee, Mr. Ueberroth provides to the Board valuable understanding and perspective of international trends and strategies, particularly with respect to China.

Ronald L. Merriman - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman
  • Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Board of Directors
Ronald L. Merriman was appointed to our Board on August 2, 2006. Mr. Merriman serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee. He is the retired Vice Chair of KPMG, a global accounting and consulting firm, where he served from 1967 to 1997 in various positions, including as a member of the Executive Management Committee and as chair of the firm's Global Transportation Practice. He also served as Executive Vice President of Ambassador International, Inc., a publicly traded travel services business, from 1997 to 1999; Executive Vice President of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a global travel management firm, from 1999 to 2000; and Managing Director of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, a global law firm, from 2000 to 2003. He is also a director of Pentair, Ltd., (formerly Pentair, Inc.), Realty Income Corporation, and Haemonetics Corporation. The Board has determined that Mr. Merriman is "financially literate" as defined by NYSE rules and is a "financial expert" as defined by SEC regulations. Mr. Merriman brings an extensive accounting and financial background to the Board, with a particular emphasis on accounting and financial matters relevant to the airline and travel industries and transportation companies generally and provides valuable insight on the cross-border nature of our business.

Ronald W. Allen

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board of Directors
Ronald W. Allen was appointed to our Board on August 2, 2006. Mr. Allen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aaron's, Inc. from February 2012 until his retirement effective August 31, 2014. Mr. Allen also resigned from the Board of Directors of Aaron's, Inc. effective August 31, 2014. In November 2012, Mr. Allen was appointed Chairman of the Board of Aaron's, Inc., where he had served as a Director since 1997. Mr. Allen served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Aaron's, Inc. from November 2011 to February 2012. Mr. Allen retired as the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delta Air Lines, Inc., one of the world's largest global airlines, in July 1997. From July 1997 through July 2005, Mr. Allen was a consultant to, and Advisory Director of, Delta. He was elected a director of Forward Air Corporation in November 2014. He previously served as a Director of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. from 2006 to 2010, Forward Air Corporation from 2011 to 2013 and Guided Therapeutics Inc. from 2008 to January 31, 2014. He is also a Director of The Coca-Cola Company. The Board has determined that Mr. Allen is "financially literate" as defined by NYSE rules and is a "financial expert" as defined by SEC regulations. Mr. Allen brings strong leadership and extensive experience in human resources, operations, strategic planning and financial matters relevant to the airline industry to the Board, and he provides valuable insight in these areas to the Board and to the Company's management. Mr. Allen also maintains high-level contacts with airlines which are customers of the Company or which may in the future be customers of the Company.

Roy Chandran

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Senior Management Team
  • Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance & Strategy
Mr. Chandran became our Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance & Strategy in June 2017. He previously served as Executive Vice President of Capital Markets from May 2008. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Chandran was a Director at Citi in the Global Structured Solutions Group, having originally joined Salomon Brothers in 1997. Mr. Chandran is responsible for all of Aircastle's fundraising activities and strategy and has extensive experience in US and international capital markets. Before 1997, Mr. Chandran spent eight years in Hong Kong focusing on tax-based cross border leasing of transportation equipment for clients in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Chandran holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia and obtained his MBA from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD), Switzerland.

Takashi Kurihara

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Advisor to the President
  • Advisor to the President of Marubeni America Corporation
Mr. Kurihara was appointed to our Board in May 2019. Mr. Kurihara is the Advisor to the President of Marubeni America Corporation. From January 2017 to March 2019, Mr. Kurihara was a Director of Agricultural Solutions Business Division of Bridgestone. Prior to that, Mr. Kurihara was Deputy General Manager, Regional Coordination and Administration Department at Marubeni Corporation from April 2016 to September 2016. From July 2013, he was Vice President and a Board member of Gavilon Agriculture until April 2015, when Mr. Kurihara became Executive Vice President and a Board member of Gavilon Group LLC. Mr. Kurihara received his MBA at Columbia Business School in New York and his bachelor degree of political science at Keio University in Tokyo. Mr. Kurihara has over 30 years' experience at Marubeni including the structured finance for Energy & Chemical plant projects in various countries, the management of the investment decision making process by conducting the analysis and the recommendation to its CEO, various M&A activities including Gavilon and its post-merger integration, and brings to the Board extensive experience in operations, strategic planning and financial matters. Mr. Kurihara was designated to the Board by Marubeni pursuant to the Amended and Restated Shareholder Agreement between the Company and Marubeni Corporation, dated February 15, 2015.

Takayuki Sakakida

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Vice President and General Manager, Aerospace
Takayuki Sakakida was appointed to our Board on June 9, 2017. In April 2017, Mr. Sakakida was appointed as Vice President and General Manager, Aerospace and Ship Unit, Marubeni America Corporation, which is a subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation, a general trading company, engaged as an intermediary, importer/exporter, facilitator or broker in various types of trade between and among business enterprises and countries. In April 2016, Mr. Sakakida was appointed as Assistant General Manager, Aerospace and Defense Systems Department, Marubeni Corporation. From April 2015 to April 2016, he served as General Manager, Business Administration Section, Aerospace and Defense Systems Department of Marubeni Corporation. From April 2011 to 2015, he seconded to MD Aviation Capital Pte Ltd (Singapore) as Managing Director. Mr. Sakakida has over 12 years' experience in the aviation industry and brings to the Board extensive experience in operations, strategic planning and financial matters relevant to the aviation industry. He maintains high-level contacts with major manufacturers in the aviation industry as well as Asian airlines which may in the future be customers of the Company. Mr. Sakakida was designated to the Board by Marubeni pursuant to the Shareholder Agreement between the Company and Marubeni dated June 6, 2013.