SkyWorks Professionals

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    Thomas Mahr


    Tom is the Chairman of SkyWorks. Tom has played a leading role in many noteworthy M&A, corporate finance, aircraft acquisition/financing and strategic advisory transactions. He has more than 30 years of experience in airline management, investment banking and leasing, with a proven track record of developing successful business strategies and originating and executing transactions worldwide.

    Over the course of his career, Tom has established a track record of leading the successful start-ups of several other notable companies, including The Seabury Group, for which he co-led development of its investment banking practice in the aviation sector. Before Seabury, Tom was a principal at Fieldstone Private Capital Group, which he joined in 1991, subsequently co-leading the turnaround and development of what became their highly regarded aviation practice. He was previously Vice President of Marketing at Chrysler Capital in the Leasing and Investment Services Group.

    Prior to joining Chrysler Capital, Tom held a number of senior finance positions at Texas Air Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Continental Airlines, where he was involved in M&A activity, corporate finance, aircraft purchasing, aircraft finance, and financial planning and control. He was also a founder of Texas Air Leasing.

    Tom has also served on the board of Echelon International (EIN), a NYSE company with large aircraft and real estate holdings.

    Tom received his M.B.A. from American University and his B.A. from Ithaca College. He is also a private pilot.

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    Steven Gaal

    Managing Partner

    Steve co-founded SkyWorks and has over 25 years of professional experience. As Managing Partner, he is responsible for day-to-day management of SkyWorks, corporate strategy, as well as research and analytics. He also executes transactions in the firm’s investment banking and advisory practices, where he has led strategic advisory assignments for major leasing companies and buy-side M&A assignments on behalf of major financial institutions.

    Prior to SkyWorks, Steve was a co-founder of The Seabury Group. During his tenure at Seabury, he structured lease financing for several billion dollars of aircraft and other assets. Before Seabury, he was employed by Fieldstone Private Capital Group, where he provided senior level transaction structuring and analytical expertise to its Structured Finance Group. Prior to joining Fieldstone, he was an analyst at The Transportation Group, Ltd. where he structured transactions for the company’s cross-border lease advisory business.

    Prior to The Transportation Group, Steve provided consulting services to The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He led the development and implementation of two software-based PC systems that provided the agency’s Transportation Forecasting Division with significantly enhanced data retrieval and analytic capabilities in connection with traffic and revenue data generated at its six New York metropolitan area bridge and tunnel facilities.

    Steve graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Finance and with a minor in Computer Science from Lehigh University. He was also President of Lehigh’s debate team.

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    Jeff Craine

    Partner & Head of Investment Banking

    Jeff co-founded SkyWorks and is responsible for the firm’s investment banking activities, including the marketing, placement, and execution of various asset-based transactions; aircraft purchase agreements and procurement; and M&A advisory assignments. Jeff has been involved in and/or led several restructurings, representing both airlines and airline creditors. He has over 25 years of industry experience.

    Prior to SkyWorks, Jeff was employed at The Seabury Group, where he was responsible for marketing, execution, and placement of asset-based lease and debt transactions. Jeff also held senior responsibility for financial modeling.

    Before joining Seabury, Jeff worked in the Global Transportation Group at Greenwich NatWest, where he was responsible for marketing, structuring, and execution of various aircraft-backed transactions and financing advisories, including providing debt financing into various cross-border and domestic leveraged lease structures and the arranging of enhanced equipment trust certificates and multi-obligor aircraft securitizations. Jeff also provided senior level analytics for the group’s activities in multi-aircraft securitizations, enhanced equipment trust certificate issuances, and other highly structured transactions.

    Prior to his tenure at Greenwich NatWest, Jeff worked at The Transportation Group, Ltd. where he held senior execution responsibility for the arranging and execution of cross-border leases for aircraft and rail transactions. At The Transportation Group, Jeff completed many “first-of-a-kind” leveraged lease transactions that utilized innovative tax accounting structures.

    Jeff received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a dual concentration in Finance and Operations and Information Management.


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    Anders Hebrand

    Partner & Head of Asset Management

    Anders joined SkyWorks in 2005. He manages the day-to-day activities of SkyWorks’ asset management practice and broadly assists the SkyWorks team with aircraft-related advisory and management assignments. Anders has more than 30 years of experience dedicated to aircraft-related finance, leasing, investment, and asset management. During his career, Anders has originated more than $1bn in aircraft-backed loans and has been involved in investment decisions and placements of over 200 aircraft.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Anders co-founded Sigma Aircraft Management, LLC, where he shared chief responsibility for customer interface, investment sourcing, and global remarketing for the Company's managed jet aircraft portfolio.

    Previously, Anders was employed by PK AirFinance, initially concentrating on distribution of aircraft-related debt before becoming Head of Marketing at PK AirFinance's headquarters in Luxembourg where he was responsible for structuring loan transactions, aircraft remarketing, and transaction workouts in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He later joined PK AirFinance's New York Branch as Vice President of Marketing for North America and the Caribbean.

    Anders studied business administration and economics at the University of Lund, Sweden and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.


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    Matthew Landess

    Partner & Head of Commercial

    Matt joined SkyWorks in 2008 with an extensive background in structuring and arranging aircraft‐backed lease and loan transactions. He has 25+ years of experience managing teams that helped advise and close transactions with some of the world’s largest airlines and a host of regional carriers. At SkyWorks, Matt has led numerous strategic advisory and restructuring assignments and played a leadership role in sourcing and closing the initial aircraft fleet for Sierra Echo Aircraft Leasing, SkyWorks’ aircraft leasing joint venture.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Matt worked for more than 12 years at Babcock & Brown in their Aerospace Group where he managed several airline accounts. He has structured and closed billions of dollars of lease and mortgage financings for many U.S. and foreign airlines and played an integral role in three successful U.S. airline bankruptcy restructurings, including leading the fleet restructuring for American Airlines in 2011, the largest airline bankruptcy at the time, negotiating and closing many new leases in the process. Between 2005 and 2007, Matt led the Delta Air Lines bankruptcy restructuring process as it related to over 600 aircraft. Prior to that, Matt was involved with American Airlines’ acquisition of TWA while in bankruptcy, negotiating numerous new on behalf of American.

    Matt received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


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    Vanki Chow

    Managing Director

    Vanki joined SkyWorks in 2008 and is responsible for aircraft remarketing and sourcing, asset management services, and transaction execution. Vanki brings over 35 years of aviation experience in leading SkyWorks’ efforts to provide technical and commercial expertise to clients on new aircraft and engine orders, purchase agreement and lease negotiations, sale leaseback transactions, and after-market aircraft and engine maintenance repair and overhaul contracts.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Vanki was with the CIT Group where he specialized in negotiating technical and operating provisions in operating lease agreements, lease restructurings, and MOUs/LOIs with operators, OEMs, and MROs. His responsibilities also included risk/cost analysis in relation to asset acquisitions and divestments.

    Vanki has extensive experience with airframe and engine maintenance services. Prior to joining the CIT Group, Vanki held a number of positions at United Services, a maintenance-focused division of United Airlines. During his time at United Services, he directed and developed various airframe and engine maintenance service programs in addition to supporting a number of joint ventures as Head of the Engine/Component Customer Support Group. Prior to United Services, Vanki was at AlliedSignal Aerospace, where he managed sales relationships with airline customers and negotiated long-term MRO contracts for the company’s APU division. Vanki’s aviation career includes positions at Pan American World Airways, General Electric’s Aircraft Engine Group, and United Air Lines.

    Vanki received an M.B.A from Bernard M. Baruch Graduate School of Business in New York City. He is a graduate of Parks Air College of Saint Louis University, where he received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering. He is a FAA certified A&P and private pilot.

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    Scott Gibson

    Managing Director & Head of Management Consulting

    Scott joined SkyWorks in 2010 and his primary focus is leading SkyWorks' strategy, business transformation, and airline restructuring advisory programs. Scott brings over 40 years of experience as a senior airline executive and advisor to airlines and airline-related businesses in developing and implementing business strategy and restructurings.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Scott was Managing Director at The Seabury Group, where he was involved in numerous restructuring, business transformation, M&A, and strategy assignments. He led the 2002-2003 restructuring of Air Jamaica, led the cost reduction and business transformation team during the 2003 bankruptcy restructuring of US Airways, was part of the Air Canada bankruptcy restructuring team in 2003-2004, led the successful 2004 bankruptcy restructuring of Avianca, and co-led the 2007-2008 restructuring of South African Airways.

    Before Seabury, Scott was Senior Vice President and Managing Officer for aviation consultants at SH&E where he focused on airline strategy and transformation. His client base included Air Afrique, American Airlines, Apollo Management, Continental Airlines, Gulf Air, Hawaiian Airlines, LAN Chile, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Menzies, South African Airways, and TransBrasil.

    Scott’s airline management experience also includes senior executive positions at TWA, Continental, Texas Air Corporation, New York Air, and Pan American World Airways. He was an advisor to Northwest Airlines on international strategy, alliances, and M&A and a member of the board of directors for Worldspan. In addition, Scott spent several years in Washington, DC as a Senior Fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute focusing on aviation, telecommunications, and trade policy.

    Scott’s global experience includes work in 70 countries on all continents. He holds a B.S. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and attended the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

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    Ian McBain

    Managing Director

    Ian joined SkyWorks in 2006 and has worked on multiple airline and lessor OEM sourcing campaigns for all aircraft types, as well as airline fleet planning, fleet optimization, and leased aircraft sourcing projects. Ian brings over 35 years of international structured asset finance experience to the firm, having completed asset finance transactions for governments, airlines, shipping, and railway companies, as well as transactions for airports and real estate.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Ian was a Managing Director of Citigroup’s Asset Finance Group and Head of Asia Pacific. Ian built the Citigroup Asset Finance Group Asia Pacific into a team of 10 professionals, after starting from scratch, and during that time, the team closed many structured finance firsts in Asia Pacific in, inter alia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia, and Korea.

    Before joining Citibank, Ian was Manager - Project Finance at Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for all new aircraft financing. During that period, Ian’s team raised over $2.5bn for 25 new aircraft, including Airbus A330/A340s and Boeing 777 and 747-400 aircraft.

    Before joining Cathay Pacific, Ian worked at S.G. Warburg & Co. in London, where he was Head of the European Asset Leasing Group with a special focus on cross-border leases into and between European countries.

    Ian received his First Class Honours B.Sc. in Psychology from University of Exeter in England.

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    Jonathan Canary

    Senior Vice President

    Jon joined SkyWorks in 2010 and is responsible for aircraft investment origination and transaction execution. He has 11+ years of industry experience.

    Prior to his current role, Jon worked in SkyWorks’ advisory group and was responsible for financial analysis and modeling as well as assisting senior professionals in marketing, with a focus on corporate finance, corporate strategy, and aircraft financing. Jon assisted in the development of Sierra Echo, SkyWorks’ aircraft leasing joint venture, has supported investors in bids for over $30bn of aircraft, and advised many investors on aircraft leasing strategy.

    Jon graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was enrolled in the school’s dual degree program. He received a B.A.S. in Economics and a B.S.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.

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    Simon Chiu

    Senior Vice President

    Simon joined SkyWorks as a Vice President in 2003 and is responsible for leading transaction executions in SkyWorks’ advisory line of business as well as providing senior level financial analytics and modeling.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Simon was employed at Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation in the Aircraft Special Finance Group. At MTBC, Simon specialized in aircraft leverage lease financings and power plant project financings; preparing credit reviews and proposals; monitoring industry conditions and aircraft valuations; and assisting account officers in structuring transactions.

    Simon has experience as a credit analyst with Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, where he prepared credit proposals on syndicated and original transactions and supported a group of Senior Account Officers in cultivating new business. Simon was also a Senior Research Assistant for Standard and Poor’s Corporation, where he provided analytical support within the transportation and telecommunications groups.

    Simon received an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Baruch College and graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Business Management and Finance.

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    Johan Claesson

    Senior Vice President

    Johan joined SkyWorks in 2014 and focuses on aircraft remarketing and sourcing, as well as assisting with transaction execution. Johan has over 35 years of experience in the airline industry in operational management, managing outsourced production, aircraft acquisitions, aircraft remarketing, lease negotiations, and sale-leasebacks.

    Before SkyWorks, Johan was employed by Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) as Head of External Production with the responsibility to contract and manage the airline’s outsourced fleet of jet and turboprop production. Prior to that, as Director Aircraft Acquisition & Trading, Johan was responsible for SAS’s widebody campaign, which resulted in an order of 4 A330s and 8 A350s, including engine support contracts. The responsibilities also included aircraft acquisition, aircraft remarketing, lease negotiations, and sale leasebacks.

    Johan also had extensive senior management experience in technical and operational functions at several airlines: Head Technical Operations at SAS, Senior Vice President Quality and Safety at Spanair SA, Vice President Technical Operations at Novair, and Vice President Quality and Safety at Braathens Sverige, among others.

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    Karen Fagerstrom

    Senior Vice President

    Karen joined SkyWorks in 2013 and is an attorney with an extensive background in aviation and other asset-based financial transactions. At SkyWorks, she provides legal counsel on sale, sale-leaseback, and JOLCO transactions for major U.S. and international airlines and transactional work for SkyWorks’ advisory clients. She provided legal support for the purchase of each aircraft in the Sierra Echo fleet. She is also responsible for ongoing legal and jurisdictional work for Sierra Echo, including existing and prospective aircraft.

    Prior to SkyWorks, Karen worked for 14 years at Babcock & Brown, an international investment and advisory firm, initially as a transaction counsel and later as Babcock & Brown’s U.S. General Counsel and CEO of its registered broker-dealer. As a transaction counsel, Karen was a member of deal teams focused on aviation finance and cross-border leasing transactions aggregating more than $20bn in asset value and averaging 28 transactions per year.

    Karen began her legal career at White & Case in New York, with several years spent abroad in White & Case’s London, Prague, and Istanbul offices. Karen’s practice included financial transactions with emphasis on leveraged lease transactions (aircraft, powerplants, and other equipment), asset-based and other lending transactions, capital markets, and acquisitions.

    Karen has a J.D. from the University of Michigan and received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, cum laude with High Distinction in Mathematics and Social Sciences.

    Karen is a member of the New York Bar.

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    Arif Husain

    Senior Vice President

    Arif has over 20 years of aviation-related experience and has advised senior management of airlines and leasing and aerospace companies on a variety of assignments including aircraft remarketing, new commercial aircraft orders, M&A transactions, and business plan development.

    He has led several new strategic aircraft campaigns for high-profile aviation clients, including extensive analysis of engine and airframe choices, and conducted complex negotiations with engine and airframe manufacturers. He has advised senior management of various airlines, leasing companies, and other aviation companies on aircraft and engine purchases valued in excess of $30bn at list prices.

    He began his aviation career with The Canaan Group, a Honeywell Company, and has worked for Continental Data Graphics, a Boeing Company, and The Seabury Group in various positions of increasing responsibility. He also has experience in FBO and airport operations and was one of the founding members of Sport Aviation, a U.S.-based general aviation company.

    He has an M.B.A. with honors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and graduated summa cum laude from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Economics, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

    Arif is an active general aviation pilot (1,250+ hours) with single-engine, multi-engine, and glider ratings. He is a certified flight, glider, and instrument instructor. He is a former athlete who competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games in the 100- and 200-meter races.

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    Geoffrey Munger

    Senior Vice President

    Geoff joined SkyWorks in 2007 and is responsible for transaction execution and marketing. In recent years, Geoff has helped lead multiple aircraft order advisory engagements and has gained extensive experience in executing a broad range of aircraft financings, from sale-and-leasebacks to debt to JOLCO financings.

    Geoff began his career with SkyWorks as an Analyst, honing his skills in financial analysis and modeling and working on projects such as portfolio and individual aircraft valuation, maintenance cost projections, and lease-versus-own analyses.

    A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Geoff received his M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut and was awarded the Hartford Society of Financial Analysts’ Award as the top finance student in his program. While in graduate school, he served as a fund manager for the University of Connecticut Foundation’s Student Managed Fund program and interned with GE in a market research position.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Geoff was a product development manager for a large consumer goods company. He is the product of an airline family, as his father was a pilot and then flight engineer for United Airlines from 1952 until 2001.

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    Sheila Sohr

    Senior Vice President

    Sheila joined SkyWorks in 2019 and focuses on corporate tax, accounting, and audit matters; partner corporate governance; information technology; human resources and benefits; and global policies and procedures. 

    Sheila brings over 20 years of experience to SkyWorks. Previously, she was Senior Managing Director and Head of Structured Finance at PPM America and served in multiple roles at TIAA in private structured finance, public market securities, financial and strategic planning, and portfolio analytics.

    Sheila serves on the board of two private schools in New York. She earned an M.B.A. from The Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut.

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    Ronan Stack

    Senior Vice President

    Ronan joined SkyWorks Leasing (Ireland) Limited in 2018 and is responsible for the technical function within the asset management and advisory groups.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, he worked as Vice President of Technical at Industrial Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), managing its fleet of 300+ aircraft and advising marketing and commercial teams regarding technical processes and the negotiation of leases, LOIs, and GTA agreements. Ronan also held the position of Engine Technical Manager at Engine Lease Finance Corporation (ELFC), overseeing engine work scope and claims processes. Previously, he was a Senior Consultant with International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), responsible for transitioning, repossessing, and delivering 100+ aircraft over 10 years. He has over 20 years of industry experience.

    Ronan started his career as a B1 licensed EASA Engineer attending Dublin Institute of Technology in association with Team Aer Lingus and FLS Aerospace.

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    Claire Walsh

    Senior Vice President & Head of Operations

    Claire joined SkyWorks Leasing (Ireland) Limited in 2018, concentrating on the development of the Dublin office operations and Asset Management function. Having worked in the aviation industry for over 13 years, Claire has extensive transactional and asset management experience within the aircraft leasing sector.

    Prior to her role at SkyWorks, Claire was responsible for the management of contracts set-up within the ORIX contract management system and the development of new systems to maximize efficiency and compliance. Having established the Irish office of Starlite Aviation Group in 2008, Claire was responsible for business development, project management of the Group tender process, and oversight of marketing, public relations, and information management during a period of significant growth. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Irish Starlite companies in 2012.

    Claire holds an M.B.A. from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. Mod Joint Honours degree in Economics and Politics. She began her career as a political advisor in Leinster House.

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    Andrew Wang

    Senior Vice President

    Andrew joined SkyWorks in 2012 and is based in Singapore, having previously worked in the firm’s U.S. and Hong Kong offices. He is responsible for coverage of airline and investor clients throughout Asia-Pacific, including managing SkyWorks’ lessee relationships in the region and working with new aviation investors. At SkyWorks, Andrew has led or participated in numerous engagements relating to aircraft acquisition and financing, fleet strategy, and corporate restructuring. He has also been involved as an advisor in the creation and growth of several aircraft leasing platforms in Asia.

    Andrew graduated from Duke University with a Economics.

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    Nancy Zajac

    Senior Vice President & Head of Legal

    Nancy joined SkyWorks in 2008. She is an attorney and a member of the New York Bar since 1985.

    At SkyWorks, Nancy is responsible for oversight of all corporate and transactional legal work, human resources, managing regulatory and jurisdictional risk, and corporate governance. She played a significant role in creating the legal, regulatory, and jurisdictional framework for SkyWorks Leasing (Ireland) Limited, SkyWorks Leasing (Singapore) Pte. Limited, and Sierra Echo Aircraft Leasing, and continues to oversee jurisdictional, legal, and regulatory work for these entities.

    Prior to SkyWorks, Nancy was associated with Babcock & Brown, an international investment and advisory firm. Before joining Babcock, Nancy was a partner in Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm. Nancy has over 30 years of legal experience in a wide range of industries including aviation, infrastructure, and electronics.

    Nancy received her J.D. from Seton Hall University where she was a managing editor of the Law Review and earned a B.A. with honors from Boston College.

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    Brian Lynch

    Vice President

    Brian joined SkyWorks in 2015. He is focused on deal execution and marketing responsibilities, including managing modeling and analytics efforts. Since joining SkyWorks, Brian has contributed to a wide spectrum of aviation-related projects. His transactional experience includes work on aircraft order campaign advisory; aircraft sourcing and acquisition; aircraft remarketing; bankruptcy and restructuring advisory; and aircraft-backed financing projects. He also assists with SkyWorks’ ongoing asset management activities.

    Brian earned a B.B.A. with majors in Finance and Economics from Villanova University's School of Business.

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    Sinead O’Brien

    Vice President

    Sinead joined SkyWorks Leasing (Ireland) Limited in 2020. She is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Chartered Tax Consultant. She has over 15 years of experience in finance and tax, specifically in the aviation sector.

    Before SkyWorks, Sinead worked at the Norwegian Air Group, where she was responsible for the finance function of the Irish arm of the group and was appointed to the board of Norwegian’s asset management group, Arctic Aviation Assets. Within her role at AAA, she gained extensive experience in asset management and aircraft transactions. She built a fully functioning team in Dublin and was responsible for the management of over 150 aircraft, leased both internally and externally.

    Before Norwegian, Sinead was employed by Aer Lingus, working in internal audit where she was responsible for developing and implementing the (non-safety) risk register for the group. While at Aer Lingus, she gained experience in the Revenue Accounting and Finance departments. She then worked as direct tax manager for the group and completed the CTC qualification. Within this role, she gained extensive experience in tax structuring, planning, reporting, compliance, and accounting.

    Sinead has a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Dublin City University. She commenced her career at PwC, training as an auditor.

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    Shane McCarthy

    Senior Associate

    Shane joined SkyWorks Leasing (Ireland) Limited in 2018 and is focused on risk management activities and analyzing prospective aircraft and leases for SkyWorks' aircraft leasing joint venture, Sierra Echo.

    Before SkyWorks, Shane was a Senior Associate for Capital Markets and Investor Relations at Apollo Aviation Group for their private equity and hedge fund investment strategies. Prior to this, he was an Associate for financial analysis, evaluating and recommending investment allocations.

    He spent the earlier stage of his career as a structural engineer, specializing in pedestrian bridges for major construction projects in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

    Shane holds an MSc. in Data Analytics and an M.B.A. from University College Dublin. He graduated with a B.A.I. in Civil Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin.


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    Christian Dietz


    Christian joined SkyWorks in 2018 and focuses on analytics, general marketing, and financial modeling. Since joining Skyworks, Christian has supported a broad range of client projects, including M&A due-diligence advisory, drafting market intelligence reports for institutional investors, and airline lease restructuring.

    Christian has extensively supported multiple facets of SkyWorks’ asset management function, including evaluating and modeling potential investments, lessee credit analysis, and aircraft remarketing campaigns on behalf of institutional investors.

    Christian graduated with Honors from Lehigh University, having earned a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

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    Connor Duchen


    Connor joined SkyWorks in 2016 and has been involved in the execution of a broad range of projects, including an aircraft order campaign, aircraft financing, the development of a bespoke aircraft leasing strategy, and advisory on a potential investment in a low-cost carrier.

    Connor also supports SkyWorks' leasing arm in evaluating prospective portfolio acquisitions, including maintenance fly-forward analysis and credit risk analysis.

    Connor graduated with Distinction from Purdue University, having earned a B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Aviation Technology.