Our senior management team is highly experienced and stable, with Mr. Robert Martin (our Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer) and Mr. Phang Thim Fatt (our Chief Financial Officer) having worked together at BOC Aviation since 1998. This team has successfully managed BOC Aviation through multiple industry cycles. They are key to our historical performance in executing successfully our business strategy and, in particular, in overseeing and leading our active approach to risk management and governance. In addition, many of our senior management have extensive experience working in the aviation industry across multiple jurisdictions.
Robert James Martin
Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director and a member of the Strategy and Budget Committee, aged 54.
Mr. Martin was appointed as a Director and the Managing Director in 1998. Mr. Martin joined the Company in 1998 and has more than 30 years of experience in the aircraft and leasing business, with Bank of America, The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan and HSBC Investment Bank (Asia) Ltd.
Mr. Martin graduated from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom with a Master of Arts degree in Economics.
Deputy Managing Director, Vice Chairman, Executive Director and a member of the Strategy and Budget Committee, aged 59. Mr. Wang was appointed as Deputy Managing Director, Vice Chairman, Executive Director and a member of the Strategy and Budget Committee in June 2017.
Mr. Wang was the General Manager of SME Services Department of Bank of China immediately before his appointment as an Executive Director of the Company in June 2017. Mr. Wang has successively held the positions of the Deputy General Manager of Bank of China Milan Branch and the Deputy General Manager of the Corporate Banking Department of Bank of China. From December 2006 to June 2012, Mr. Wang was a non-executive director of the Company. Mr. Wang was appointed as General Manager of SME Services Department of Bank of China in March 2014.
Mr. Wang graduated from Renmin University of China in January 2001 with a master’s degree in International Finance.
Phang Thim Fatt
Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, aged 62.
Mr. Phang Thim Fatt is the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Phang joined the Company in 1996 as the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Phang was appointed as the Deputy Managing Director of the Company in July 2001. His areas of responsibilities include accounting, treasury, risk management and information technology. Mr. Phang has been with the Company for more than 20 years. Mr. Phang graduated from the University of Malaya in Malaysia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (First Class Honours).
Chief Operating Officer, aged 58.
Mr. David Walton is the Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Walton joined the Company in November 2014 as the Chief Operating Officer and has responsibility for legal and transaction management, portfolio planning and management, technical, strategy and market research, compliance and corporate affairs, and investor relations and corporate communications and information technology. Mr. Walton has more than 30 years of experience in the aircraft leasing and finance industry. Prior to joining the Company, he served as a general counsel for both privately held and publicly listed companies, with primary responsibility for structuring and documenting capital raising, joint venture and leasing activities. Mr. Walton graduated from Stanford University in the United States with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and received a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in the United States.
Chief Commercial Officer (Europe, Americas and Africa), aged 49.
Mr. Townend joined the Company in January 2001 as Structured Finance Director and was appointed as the Chief Commercial Officer in July 2004. He is currently based in London and oversees all revenue activities in Europe, Americas and Africa and is primarily responsible for airline leasing and sales within the region. Mr. Townend has more than 27 years of banking and leasing experience, having previously worked with DVB Bank and NatWest Markets. Mr. Townend graduated from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance.
Chief Commercial Officer (Asia Pacific and the Middle East), aged 61.
Mr. Gao joined the Company as a non-executive director in December 2006 and was appointed as the Chief Commercial Officer in December 2014. He is responsible for overseeing all revenue activities within the Asia Pacific and the Middle East and is primarily responsible for airline leasing and sales within the region. He joined BOC in July 1986 and held various senior positions in BOC Head Office including Vice General Manager of Global Finance Department. Mr. Gao was also the General Manager of BOC, Hong Kong branch. Mr. Gao graduated with a postgraduate degree in International Finance from Wuhan University in the PRC and a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University in the United States.