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David Swan

Chief Operating Officer
SMBC Aviation Capital

SMBC Aviation Capital (“SMBC AC”) is one of the top 5 aircraft lessors in the world. David had been with SMBC AC since 2002, originally responsible for Airline Marketing in the EMEA region. David was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and joined the Board of Directors in 2007. David has ultimate responsibility for SMBC AC's Operating Platform along with Risk & Asset Management of the company's aircraft leasing business.

With over 25 years of aviation industry experience, David has also held various international banking roles as Asia-Pacific Regional Head & Global Head of Aviation Finance and was based in Hong Kong for five years establishing and leading an aircraft and project finance business for KBC Bank N.V.


David has served on the Board of ISTAT and the ISTAT Foundation charity since 2011. David was appointed to the Executive Board of Financial Services Ireland in 2017 and is the founding chairperson of Aircraft Leasing Ireland. David was appointed by the Irish Government in 2018 to the IFS2025 Industry Advisory Committee to support its Financial Services strategy into the next decade.
David holds a degree in International Business & Economics from Trinity College Dublin and has completed various Executive Management Programs at Harvard and London Business Schools.

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