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Stephen Murphy Stephen Murphy

Stephen Murphy

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
[ AV AIRFINANCE LIMITED, IRELAND ]
Mr. Murphy has almost 20 years of financial services experience and joined the AV AirFinance platform in August 2022 as CEO, moving from Goshawk Aviation Limited. At Goshawk, he held a number of executive ...Read More

Mr. Murphy has almost 20 years of financial services experience and joined the AV AirFinance platform in August 2022 as CEO, moving from Goshawk Aviation Limited. At Goshawk, he held a number of executive positions, primarily as Head of Corporate Finance with responsibility for Capital Markets and Structured Finance activities, evolving the financing strategy from a start-up to a Top 10 Lessor, including the development of Goshawk’s 3rd party Asset Management Platform. Most recently, Mr. Murphy held a dual role also acting as Head of Airline Marketing, overseeing placement, SLB, and remarketing activities. Previous to Goshawk, Mr. Murphy worked at a number of financial institutions, most recently as a Director with HSBC Bank with responsibility for investing the bank’s balance sheet and developing the coverage model in the aircraft leasing space. Mr. Murphy has a BA in Engineering and MBS both from University College Cork, Ireland.

Axel Hammar Axel Hammar

Axel Hammar

Chief Risk Officer
[ AV AIRFINANCE LIMITED, IRELAND ]
Mr. Hammar has more than thirteen years of experience from investment analysis to complex cross border transactions. Prior to his role with AV AirFinance. Mr. Hammar served as a senior vice president of...Read More

Mr. Hammar has more than thirteen years of experience from investment analysis to complex cross border transactions. Prior to his role with AV AirFinance, Mr. Hammar served as a senior vice president of Volito Aviation Services, a company he co-founded in 2016 that provided debt origination services for Goldman Sachs among others. He began his career with one of the world’s leading oil majors and quickly advanced to roles within the corporate M&A function. Mr. Hammar holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Lund University of Technology.

Neal McElvaney Neal McElvaney

Neal McElvaney

Senior Vice President – Loan Origination EMEA
[ AV AIRFINANCE LIMITED, IRELAND ]
Mr. McElvaney has 20 years of experience in asset finance. Before joining AV AirFinance, he spent 10 years at GECAS, most recently as SVP Commercial...Read More
Mr. McElvaney has 20 years of experience in asset finance. Before joining AV AirFinance, he spent 10 years at GECAS, most recently as SVP Commercial Origination in Dubai with responsibility for sourcing and structuring operating lease transactions in the Middle East, Africa and CIS regions. He also held senior roles within the GECAS risk team, managing commercial aviation exposure across a wide range of customers and jurisdictions. Prior to GECAS Mr. McElvaney held asset finance origination roles at GE Capital Australia and Lombard Ireland Dublin. Mr. McElvaney holds an B.Sc. (Mgmt) from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from the Michael Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin.
Kiel Garcia Kiel Garcia

Kiel Garcia

Senior Vice President – Loan Origination APAC
[ AV AIRFINANCE LIMITED, IRELAND ]
Mr. Garcia has over 17 years of experience in aviation and asset finance. Prior to joining AV AirFinance, Mr. Garcia spent three years in MUFG, most recently...Read More

Mr. Garcia has over 17 years of experience in aviation and asset finance. Prior to joining AV AirFinance, Mr. Garcia spent three years in MUFG, most recently as Deputy Head of Aviation Finance, APAC. Mr. Garcia transitioned to MUFG when it acquired DVB Bank’s aviation finance business where he served as Senior Vice President. In his roles at both MUFG and DVB Bank, he was responsible for sourcing and structuring finance leases, limited recourse operating lease financings, PDPs, engine financings, and warehouse facilities across a wide range of airline and lessor clients and jurisdictions in the APAC region. Mr. Garcia also held senior roles at Philippine Airlines earlier in his career dealing with banks, aircraft lessors, and OEMs.

Ciara McGrath Ciara McGrath

Ciara McGrath

Director of Operations
[ AV AIRFINANCE LIMITED, IRELAND ]
Ms. McGrath is responsible for the operation side of AV AirFinance overseeing contract management, compliance, accounting, tax reporting, and...Read More

Ms. McGrath is responsible for the operation side of AV AirFinance overseeing contract management, compliance, accounting, tax reporting, and insurance among others. Ms. McGrath has over 20 years of experience in commercial aviation finance first with Babcock and Brown between 1998 and 2006 and later for BBAM between 2011 and 2019. During her time there, she covered contract and portfolio management responsibilities. In between her time with Babcock and BBAM, Ms. McGrath worked for Hannover Aircraft Leasing as a company director and consultant monitoring tax compliance, preparing financials and overseeing general corporate affairs. More recently, she has worked with WNG Capital as a senior contract manager. Ms. McGrath is a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants (F.C.C.A) and holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Liverpool John Moores University.

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Mark Rangel Mark Rangel

Mark Rangel

VP Risk
[ AV AIRFINANCE LIMITED, IRELAND ]
Mark Rangel joined AV AirFinance on the Pricing Analysis side, and is responsible for Credit Risk Monitoring, Financial Modelling and Commercial Analysis. Prior to joining...Read More

Mark Rangel joined AV AirFinance on the Pricing Analysis side, and is responsible for Credit Risk Monitoring, Financial Modelling and Commercial Analysis. Prior to joining AV AirFinance, Mr. Rangel spent two years as a Commercial Analyst with EMP Structured Assets GmbH where he was responsible for financial modelling, credit risk/marketing analysis, and contracts management. Mr. Rangel is a 2018 graduate of the MSc in Aviation Finance out of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and holds an MSc in Corporate Finance and Banking out of EDHEC Business School.

Aideen Tivnan Aideen Tivnan

Aideen Tivnan

Treasury Manager
[ AV AIRFINANCE LIMITED, IRELAND ]
Ms. Tivnan has over twelve years’ experience in aviation and financial services in various accounting and finance roles. Prior to joining AV AirFinance, Ms. Tivnan spent three...Read More
Ms. Tivnan has over twelve years’ experience in aviation and financial services in various accounting and finance roles. Prior to joining AV AirFinance, Ms. Tivnan spent three years as Financial Controller with Voyager Aviation.  Ms. Tivnan began her career in Ernst & Young in their corporate tax and financial services assurance departments working closely with international financial services, banking and leasing clients.  Ms. Tivnan holds an MBS from Dublin City University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the National University of Ireland, Galway.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CPA equivalent) and holds a Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance from the Law Society of Ireland.
Jack Dwan Jack Dwan

Jack Dwan

VP Marketing
[ AV AIRFINANCE LIMITED, IRELAND ]
Jack Dwan joined AV AirFinance on the Marketing and Pricing Analysis side, and is responsible for Financial Modelling, Commercial Analysis and assisting the Loan...Read More

Jack Dwan joined AV AirFinance on the Marketing and Pricing Analysis side, and is responsible for Financial Modelling, Commercial Analysis and assisting the Loan Origination team. Prior to joining AV AirFinance, Mr. Dwan worked with ORIX Aviation as a Pricing Analyst within the Corporate Planning and Investment team. Mr. Dwan earned a BSc in Economics and Finance from University College Dublin during which time he completed a 12 month internship as part of the Investment Strategy team in Davy Private Clients. He subsequently earned an MSc in Finance from Imperial College London and is currently enrolled in the CFA programme. Mr. Dwan has and continues to play rugby at a high level and has represented Ireland at U20, University and Club level.

Daniela Muro Daniela Muro

Daniela Muro

Contract Manager
[ AV AIRFINANCE LIMITED, IRELAND ]
Ms. Muro is responsible for the contract management and documentation side of AV AirFinance. Prior to AV AirFinance,...Read More

Ms. Muro is responsible for the contract management and documentation side of AV AirFinance. Prior to AV AirFinance, Ms. Muro worked as a Customer Data Analyst at Avolon Aircraft Leasing for over 5 years reviewing the data side transactions in the business including Letters of Credit, Security Deposits, Maintenance Reserve analysis, and rent schedules among others. Prior to Avolon, she worked as a Credit Analyst, having LinkedIn as her main client, being responsible for building and maintaining relationships with internal customers and managing a debt portfolio. Ms. Muro holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Andres Bello Catholic University in her country-of-origin Venezuela.

With a group of experienced finance professionals and the support of KKR, we intend to become a global leader in commercial aviation lending, supporting the financing needs of airlines, lessors, manufacturers, and investors.

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