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 the 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 Martin, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Robert James Martin was appointed as the Managing Director and an Executive Director of the Company in July 1998.
Mr. Martin joined the Group in January 1998 as Deputy Managing Director and was promoted six months later to the role of Managing Director. He assumed the title of Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Mr. Martin is one of the longest serving chief executive officers of the same company in the aircraft operating lease industry, and he has 29 years of experience in the aircraft and leasing business. Mr. Martin began his career in aircraft financing in London with Bank of America in 1987. He subsequently held senior positions in both London and Singapore with The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, Ltd. and in Hong Kong with HSBC Investment Bank.
Mr. Martin graduated from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom with a Master of Arts degree in Economics in March 1991.
Wang Genshan, Deputy Managing Director & Vice Chairman
Mr. Wang Genshan (王根山) was appointed as Vice-Chairman and a Non-executive Director of the Company in December 2006. Since January 2008, he has served as Vice-Chairman and an Executive Director.
Mr. Wang became Deputy Managing Director in January 2008. Since then he has had executive responsibilities for various departments, including the board secretariat, internal audit, procurement and technical departments. Currently, Mr. Wang oversees the procurement and board secretariat departments. Mr. Wang joined Bank of China in 1978 in the Imports and Exports department of the Shanghai Branch. After being posted to the Sydney Branch of Bank of China in 1985, he returned to the Shanghai Branch in 1992 where he was subsequently promoted to the position of Deputy General Manager. In July 2006, he was Deputy Head of the Aircraft Leasing Preparatory Team in Bank of China that was tasked with evaluating the Company and the Company’s eventual acquisition.
Mr. Wang graduated from East China Normal University in China with a Diploma in English Linguistics in October 1978.
Phang Thim Fatt, Deputy Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Phang Thim Fatt is the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Phang was initially seconded to the Company as the Chief Financial Officer from the former shareholder of the Company, Singapore Airlines Limited, in January 1996. He formally joined the Company in March 1999 in the same role. In July 2001, he became the Deputy Managing Director of the Company, while retaining the financing portfolio, corporate accounting and taxation functions.
Prior to joining us, Mr. Phang gained extensive experience at Singapore Airlines Limited, including in the areas of treasury operations, currency exposure management and financing including export credit financing, tax sparing loans and cross-border leveraged leasing. Mr. Phang was involved in the establishment of the Company and lobbied government agencies for the introduction of Singapore’s ALS, introduced in 1995. Mr. Phang has been with the Company for 20 years. Mr. Phang graduated from the University of Malaya in Malaysia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (First Class Honours) in June 1979.
Steven Townend, Chief Commercial Officer (Europe, Americas, Africa)
Mr. Steven Townend is the Chief Commercial Officer (Europe, Americas and Africa) of the Company. Mr. Townend joined the Company in January 2001 as Structured Finance Director to establish the Company’s first European office and develop the Company’s aircraft sales and fee-based activities. He became the Chief Commercial Officer and was based in Singapore from July 2004 to June 2014 when he took responsibility for all marketing and technical activities globally. 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. He has accumulated a wealth of aviation finance and leasing experience through his multiple roles in the Company and the corporate and investment banking sector.
Mr. Townend graduated from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance (Second Class Honours) in July 1991.
Gao Jinyue, Chief Commercial Officer (Asia Pacific & Middle East)
Mr. Gao Jinyue is the Chief Commercial Officer (Asia Pacific and the Middle East) of the Company. Mr. Gao joined us as a board director in December 2006 and was appointed 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 Bank of China in July 1986 and has extensive experience in treasury and corporate finance activities. He 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 in October 1986 and a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University in the United States in June 2003.
David Walton, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. David Walton is the Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Walton joined us in November 2014 as the Chief Operating Officer and has responsibility for legal and transaction management, portfolio management, technical, strategy and market research, compliance and corporate affairs, and investor relations and corporate communications. He has over 30 years of aviation finance and leasing experience, having led global operations, technical and portfolio management teams, developing and directing asset management systems for large fleets of leased aircraft. Prior to joining us, 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.
He was formerly a partner at the law firm of Perkins Coie, based in Seattle and in Hong Kong.
Mr. Walton graduated from Stanford University in the United States with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in March 1983 and received a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in the United States in May 1986.