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Shin Watanabe

Managing Executive Officer, Head of Transportation Business Unit
Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing

Mr. Watanabe has been appointed as Managing Executive Officer, Head of Aviation & Maritime Business Division of Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company Limited (SMFL) since May, 2018.

Prior to the current position, he was Executive Officer of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) since April, 2017. He has served as General Manager of Global Aviation and Maritime Finance Department since Global Aircraft Finance Department and Maritime Asset Finance Department merged in April 2016. Formerly, he was appointed as General Manager of Global Aircraft Finance Department in April 2014 and relocated from London to Tokyo in May 2015. In April, 2012, he was appointed to General Manager of Aviation Capital Department of both Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance & Lease (SMFL) after we closed the deal of RBS AC. His main responsibility was to integrate SMBC Aviation Capital into SMFG group and to maximize the synergy between AC and the Sumitomo Consortium (SMFL, SMBC and Sumitomo Corporation).

Mr. Watanabe joined the Sumitomo Bank, Ltd in 1987 and served as Middle Corporate banker in Kyoto Branch for 2.5 years. Then he moved to Economics Department and served as a macro economist for 1 year. In 1992, he became an industry and credit analyst in Corporate Research Department. He covered Textile & Apparel, Construction, Metal & Mining, Automotive and Transport sectors during his stay in that department for 17.5 years in Osaka, London and Tokyo. Especially for Transport sector, he was involved in various new structured finance product development projects. From 2007, he was the deputy head of this global research team, which consists of 200 analysts (more than 20 nationalities) in Tokyo, Osaka, New York, London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In 2010, he was the head of Japan Airlines work-out team belonging to Tokyo Corporate Banking Department 4 and also covered the relationship with airlines, shipping companies and railways. Then, he became Managing Director of Special Credits – Americas Division for SMBC until March 2012 and he initiated the M&A transaction of RBS AC as the project leader since July 2011. In New York, his main responsibility was to develop new business for the bank such as Middle Corporate Lending, Structured CLO Loans, Lease related transactions, Transport finance in addition to Work-out, Asset Based Lending, etc.

He had a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kyoto University. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) in St. Catherine’s College, the University of Oxford as second BA. He has got a certificate in Executive Management Program (EMP) at the University of Tokyo in 2009.

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Member of UK Aviation Club, Member of the PPP Committee at Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport in Japan

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