Published on February 15th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


New Appointment at CDB Aviation

Dublin based CDB Aviation has announced that former GECAS executive Ryan Barrett has joined its commercial team as Head of Commercial, Asia Pacific. The continued build-out of the lessor’s commercial leadership is part of ongoing efforts to strengthen CDB Aviation’s strategic presence in key markets around the world. The appointment comes on the heels of the recent addition of Michelle Wu as Head of Commercial, Greater China.

Ryan Barrett has had a two-decade-long aviation career is rooted in his extensive knowledge of airline business models and aircraft technical and financial aspects. Ryan is joining CDB Aviation from GECAS, where he held senior leadership roles in sales and marketing. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President Commercial, with responsibility for the full lease transaction lifecycle, and leading the lessor’s business development activities across the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. Barrett began his career at GE Aviation in the U.S., 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. Ryan holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is an FAA-licensed Airframe and Powerplant technician.

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

In recent weeks, CDB has completed the delivery of the last of seven Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to GOL Linhas Aéreas, Brazil’s largest domestic airline. The aircraft, configured with a 186-seat layout, incorporating both GOL+Conforto and GOL Premium class seats, were delivered from the lessor’s order book with Boeing as part of the lease agreements originally signed with the carrier in 2020.

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