Dómhnal Slattery

Chief Executive Officer

Dómhnal Slattery is the Chief Executive Officer with over 30 years’ experience in the aircraft leasing industry. As CEO, Dómhnal sets the company strategy and commercial objectives and oversees their execution. Dómhnal has built Avolon to be a global leader in aircraft leasing through a period of private equity ownership, a successful listing on the NYSE; and, a take private with Bohai Leasing.

In 1989, Dómhnal began his aviation financing career, initially in marketing roles with Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) and GECAS. In 1994, he established his own aircraft advisory and investment banking services company, International Aviation Management Group (IAMG). In 2001 The Royal Bank of Scotland Group acquired IAMG as the launch platform of RBS Aviation Capital. Dómhnal was Chief Executive of this business from 2001 to 2004 and went on to become Managing Director of the Structured Asset Finance business for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He continued as a non-executive Director of RBS Aviation Capital until January 2008.

Dómhnal has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from University College Galway and is a graduate of the Accelerated Development Programme from the London Business School.


John Higgins

President and Chief Commercial Officer

John Higgins is the President and Chief Commercial Officer at Avolon. John is responsible for leading the Origination Team at Avolon, and has global responsibility for all aircraft origination, marketing and trading activity. John is also responsible for executing aircraft orders, and overseeing the management of Avolon’s orderbook. John has over 25 years’ experience in aircraft leasing and finance.

Prior to joining Avolon John was Chief Commercial Officer at RBS Aviation Capital, with global responsibility for all airline and OEM relationships; including new business origination, aircraft remarketing and new order placement. He originally joined RBS Aviation as Head of Origination for the EMEA region in 2004. Prior to joining RBS Aviation Capital, John worked in several marketing roles with GECAS. John trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse before joining GPA in 1994 as Treasury Manager, working primarily on the refinancing of the GPA debt facilities.

John has a Bachelor of Science (Management) with First Class Honours from Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland.


Andy Cronin

Chief Financial Officer

Andy Cronin is the Chief Financial Officer at Avolon, and is responsible for leading the Finance and Capital Markets Teams. 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 Masters of Industrial Engineering, both with First Class Honours from University College Dublin.


Tom Ashe

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Ashe is the Chief Operating Officer at Avolon. Tom is responsible for all operational activity within the business, including transaction structuring and pricing, contract execution, technical asset management, contracts management and risk management. 

In 2002, 
Tom joined RBS Aviation Capital, rising to Head of Origination for the EMEA region before leaving to join Avolon in May 2010. Prior to this, Tom worked at GPA/AerFi and had responsibility for financial planning until 2000 when, following its acquisition by debisAirFinance, he assumed responsibility for originating aircraft and engine trading opportunities.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and a Diploma in Professional Accounting, both from University College Dublin. Tom is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.


Paul Geaney

Chief Risk Officer

Paul Geaney is Chief Risk Officer and responsible for oversight and reporting of all risks relating to Avolon’s business in accordance with our risk management strategy. He had previously been responsible for managing Avolon’s relationships with all airframe and engine manufacturers as Head of the Origination 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.


Yi Shen

Managing Director, Business Development

Yi Shen is Managing Director, Business Development at Avolon.

Prior to joining Avolon, Yi held the position of Chief Information Officer at CWT International, a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Yi has held a variety of Chief Financial Officer positions across the HNA organisation, including CFO of HNA Innovation Finance Group, CFO of HNA Tourism Group and CFO of Offshore Heavy Transport AS.

Yi holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Sichuan University and a Masters of Aerospace Materials from the University of Cambridge.

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