CDB Aviation Expands Global Commercial Team

CDB Aviation Lease Finance appointed Michael R. Dolsingh president – Commercial, Americas and named Mark L. Ebanks SVP and Diego Quijada AVP – Commercial, Americas. In addition, CDB Aviation appointed John Leenane head of trading. He will be based in the company’s Dublin headquarters.

“We are very excited to increase our efforts to better serve clients in the Americas, which is a key region for the future growth of CDB Aviation and the leasing industry in general as airline traffic grows in coming years,” said Peter Chang, CDB Aviation president and CEO. “As part of our overall global business strategy, we are bringing our focus closer to airline customers in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as allowing our commercial team to better serve client needs on a global basis. We are seeing an increasing interest among airlines in all markets of the world in CDB Aviation’s full-service platform delivery and our unique access to capital associated with our shareholder China Development Bank.”

Dolsingh has worked in aviation and air transportation financing for almost four decades. Most recently, he served as advisor and consultant in corporate planning, fleet management and aircraft acquisitions to airlines, lessors and the World Bank. Dolsingh started his career with BWIA International, where he was head of strategic planning, corporate manager of Finance, Planning & Information and corporate secretary. In 1989, he joined Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) as vice president of Marketing and general manager of Irish Aerospace and subsequently was named GECAS SVP and worked in a leadership role in the Latin America and Caribbean region for 15 years.

Prior to CDB Aviation, Leenane was regional director, Europe & Asia for the Financial Institutions Group at CIT Aerospace. During his career, he also held a number of executive positions, including SVP of Capital Strategies for Orix Aviation, managing director Fresh Mortgages and head of Structured Finance at ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Dublin, Investec Bank and IIU Limited.

Ebanks began his commercial aviation career with Eastern Airlines in Miami in the mid-1980s. He continued in aircraft maintenance at United Airlines. Prior to CDB Aviation, he spent a 19-year career at CIT Aerospace, serving in the role of director of Commercial Air.

Prior to CDB Aviation, Quijada worked at Avolon as part of the OEM team and as a marketing analyst for CIT Aerospace.

“We are building a global commercial team with the highest quality professionals who know our industry well and, more importantly, who are versed in understanding and anticipating the needs of our airline customers,” said Patrick C. Hannigan, CDB Aviation chief commercial officer. “Adding focus on the Americas represents our company’s strong commitment to being a global lessor which will increasingly bring us closer to our customers’ door.”

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