CDB Aviation Adds Former GECAS Exec as Head of Commercial in Asia-Pacific Region

Ryan Barrett, a former executive at GE Capital Aviation Services, joined CDB Aviation’s commercial team as head of commercial in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Ryan is a highly regarded commercial executive with a vast network of relationships in the global airline community who will enable us to leverage market opportunities and stimulate further growth,” Peter Goodman, chief marketing officer of CDB Aviation, said. “In-depth understanding of airline-lessor dynamics, specifically in the areas of transactional execution, deal origination and negotiation, is key to anticipating and addressing the needs of airlines.”

Barrett has two decades of experience. At GECAS, he held senior leadership roles in sales and marketing. Most recently, he was senior vice president of commercial and had responsibility for the full lease transaction lifecycle while leading the lessor’s business development activities across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Barrett began his career at GE Aviation in the United States, where he served in both technical and sales capacities, ending as regional sales director in Dubai, overseeing customer strategies and commercial campaigns for new engine and MRO services sales in the Middle East.

Barrett expressed his enthusiasm about “joining forces with one of the industry’s preeminent leasing platforms, hailed for its utmost commitment to building long-term relationships.”

“I look forward to spearheading efforts in Asia Pacific’s fastest-growing markets, bringing us closer to airline stakeholders in the region and leveraging the scale of our recognized world-class operation to provide best-of-breed solutions,” Barrett said.

“Ryan’s appointment speaks to our platform’s unique position among lessors to attract top industry talent,” Patrick Hannigan, CEO of CDB Aviation, said. “Ryan shares our team’s vision of bringing the value and benefits of a true global, full-service aircraft lessor, our shareholder and other stakeholders to support the industry recovery while building for the future.”

Barrett’s appointment comes on the heels of CDB Aviation’s recent addition of Michelle Wu as head of commercial for Greater China.

CDB Aviation is a wholly-owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing.

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