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    Ian McBain
    Managing Director

    Ian serves as a Managing Director of SkyWorks. He brings over 30 years of international structured asset finance experience to SkyWorks, having completed asset finance transactions for governments, airlines, and 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 for the last 8 years. By 2005, Ian had built the Citigroup Asset Finance Group Asia Pacific business into a team of 10 professionals, after starting from scratch in 1997. 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 between 1994 and 1997. During that period, Ian’s team raised over $2.5 billion 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 special focus on cross-border leases into and between European countries.

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

    Ian McBain
    Managing Director
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    Doug Walker
    Managing Director

    Doug is a Managing Director at SkyWorks, where he originates, structures and executes a wide variety of financings for airline clients and advises on fleet-related matters and corporate restructurings.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Doug was Senior Vice President, Marketing-Americas at SMBC Aviation Capital and its predecessor, RBS Aviation Capital, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of new leasing and debt financing business with airline clients in the Americas, as well as overall relationship management with those carriers.

    Prior to that, Doug was Managing Director and Senior Counsel at United Airlines, where he was responsible for general corporate finance, aircraft finance, and the company’s extensive Chapter 11 reorganization.

    Doug began his career as an associate with Perkins Coie LLP, where he concentrated on corporate finance, aircraft finance, and mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on the aerospace industry.

    Doug is an aircraft owner and pilot (holding a commercial license with instrument and multi-engine ratings, among others) and a member of the boards of AirWheel Investments, the Wings Club and the American Airpower Museum.

    Doug Walker
    Managing Director
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    Gary Anderson
    Senior Vice President

    Gary serves as a Senior Vice President at SkyWorks. He joined SkyWorks after filling a similar role as Head of Technical for Windshear Leasing LLC, an aircraft portfolio management company that controlled 19 Airbus A300B4 freighters and one Boeing 767 passenger aircraft.

    Prior to his role at Windshear, Gary was Program Manager for Cranfield Aerospace in Bedford, England, where he was appointed as an advisor of widebody aircraft. Within this capacity he worked on projects including the A310 commonality and engineering design modifications, the BAe-146-300 freighter conversion program design, and the Fokker F100 range extension program. Gary joined Cranfield Aerospace from Aviation Systems International, where he worked as Director – International Programs and Business Development.

    Gary had previously served for four years as a Technical Consultant and later manager for the A300 passenger-to-freighter conversion program developed by C-S Aviation. Before joining C-S Aviation, Gary served for 17 years with QANTAS (and with one of its predecessors, Australian Airlines) in a variety of technical roles, including Aircraft Maintenance Planning Foreman and Controller.

    Gary holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from RMIT University, as well as numerous technical aviation certifications, including the Flight Engineers Basic Examination, and a restricted pilots license. 

    Gary Anderson
    Senior Vice President
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    Simon Chiu
    Senior Vice President

    Simon joined SkyWorks as a Vice President in March 2003 and is responsible for financial analysis and modeling as well as assisting senior professionals with transaction execution and marketing.

    Prior to joining SkyWorks, Simon was employed with 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 to analysts within the transportation and telecommunications groups.

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

    Simon Chiu
    Senior Vice President
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    Johan Claesson
    Senior Vice President

    Johan joined SkyWorks in October 2014. At SkyWorks, Johan focuses on aircraft remarketing and sourcing, as well as assisting with transaction execution.

    Johan has over 30 years experience from the airline industry with responsibilities including operational management, managing outsourced production, aircraft acquisitions, aircraft re-marketing, lease negotiations and sale leasebacks.

    Most recently 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 most recently responsible for SAS’s wide-body campaign which resulted in a order of 4 A330’s and 8 A350’s, including engine support contracts. The responsibilities also included, aircraft acquisition, aircraft re-marketing, lease negotiations and sale leasebacks.

    Johan also has extensive senior management background in technical and operational functions at several airlines: Head Technical Operations – SAS, SVP Quality and Safety - Spanair SA, VP Technical Operations – Novair, and VP Quality and Safety – Braathens Sverige among others.

    Johan Claesson
    Senior Vice President
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    Arif Husain
    Senior Vice President

    Arif has over 17 years of aviation related experience and has advised senior management of airlines, 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 US $32 billion 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 addition to SkyWorks 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 graduated summa cum laude from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Economics, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also has an M.B.A with honors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

    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.
     

    Arif Husain
    Senior Vice President
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    Geoffrey Munger
    Senior Vice President

    Geoff joined SkyWorks in January 2007 and is responsible for transaction execution and marketing.

    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 vs. own analyses. 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.

    A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Geoff received his MBA 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.
     

    Geoffrey Munger
    Senior Vice President
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    Nancy Zajac
    Senior Vice President & Head of Legal

    Nancy joined SkyWorks in March 2008. Nancy is a lawyer and a member of the New York Bar since 1985.

    Prior to SkyWorks, Nancy was associated with Babcock & Brown, an international and investment advisory firm, which she joined in 2006. 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 B.A. with honors from Boston College. She received her J.D. from Seton Hall University where she was a managing editor of the Law Review.

    Nancy Zajac
    Senior Vice President & Head of Legal

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