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Willis Lease Finance Appoints Curran to Board of Directors

December 29, 2023, 07:04 AM
Filed Under: Aviation

Willis Lease Finance, a lessor of commercial aircraft engines and global provider of aviation services, announced the appointment of Brendan Curran to its Board of Directors, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

With a distinguished career in the aerospace industry spanning nearly four decades, Curran brings a wealth of experience across the engine and airframe segments. He has significant experience in business and operations leadership, engineering, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, and global business development. Most notably, Curran’s expertise aligns well with WLFC’s vision and mission, making him a valuable addition to the Board.

“We are excited to welcome Brendan to our Board of Directors,” said WLFC Founder and Executive Chairman Charles F. Willis. “With his high-level knowledge of the aviation industry and invaluable insights, we are confident that Brendan will play a pivotal role in guiding our company towards sustained growth and continued success. Brendan’s strategic vision and leadership will be instrumental as we pursue opportunities in today’s dynamic domestic and international aviation space.”

Curran is currently an operating resource and advisor to ATL Partners (a New York-based private equity firm specializing in mergers & acquisitions). He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Aero Accessories, a leading independent component maintenance facility based in Miramar, FL. Curran’s leadership experience includes public company senior executive roles at Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines, Boeing Global Services, Bombardier Services, Crane Aerospace & Electronics, and Hamilton Sundstrand.

Curran graduated from Columbia Business School with a Master of Business Administration degree and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont. While at Columbia, he was awarded the Center for International Business Fellowship.

Curran said, “I am honored to be part of WLFC, a company that has consistently demonstrated innovation and excellence in aviation and aerospace for more than four decades. I look forward to working collaboratively with the Board and executive team to contribute to the company’s future milestones and many successes.”

Director Hans Joerg Hunziker submitted his resignation from the Board, which resignation was accepted and is effective Dec. 31. “Hans Joerg’s wealth of experience and expertise in the aviation industry have been very much appreciated by me personally, as well as WLFC. His contributions will be long remembered,” said Willis.

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