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Domhnal Slattery

Chief Executive Officer

Dómhnal Slattery is one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing pioneers and the founding CEO of Avolon. Established in 2010, in what was one of the largest ever private equity funded start-ups, with US$1.1 billion of initial equity, Avolon has rapidly grown to become the world’s third largest aircraft lessor.
Avolon’s launch shareholders included three of the leading private equity firms globally and GIC, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore. Following four years in private equity ownership, Avolon listed on the New York Stock Exchange in December 2014 in what was, at that time, the largest ever listing on the NYSE by an Irish founded company.
Within eight months of listing, Avolon was the subject of a US$7.6 billion bid by Bohai Capital which delivered a 55% return to shareholders who invested in Avolon’s IPO. This transaction, which completed in January 2016, also placed Ireland among the top five recipients of Chinese foreign direct investment in Europe in 2016.
In October 2016, Avolon agreed to acquire the aircraft leasing business
of CIT for US$10.4 billion. Following the completion of this transaction in April 2017, Avolon confirmed its position as the fastest growing and now the third largest aircraft lessor globally. Avolon also announcement the order of 75 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft including 55 MAX 8s and 20 MAX 10s with options for a further 20 MAX 8 aircraft during Q3 2017, representing Avolon’s single largest order with Boeing to date. During 2017, Avolon has successfully raised over US$14 billion of total capital. This includes both new equity and new debt, US$9.75 billion of which will have been raised in the capital markets. As of 31 December 2017, Avolon has an owned, managed and committed fleet of 908 aircraft serving 153 airlines in 65 countries.
Dómhnal started his aviation finance career in GPA in 1989 which was acquired by GE Capital to become GECAS. He left GECAS to found International Aviation Management Group (IAMG) in 1994 which was rapidly established as one of leading aviation finance advisory houses for the world’s airlines. This success was identified by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group who acquired IAMG as the launch platform for RBS Aviation Capital, led by Dómhnal as CEO. Dómhnal rapidly built the RBS Aviation Capital, now owned by SMBC Aviation, business to become the then third largest aviation finance business in the world.
Consistent with a commitment to sustaining Ireland’s position as the global centre of excellence for aircraft finance, Dómhnal was central to the development and launch of the Europe’s first MSc in Aviation Finance at University College Dublin – which will help foster and develop the next generation of industry professionals.
Building on his career in aviation, Dómhnal has also worked to preserve and highlight Ireland’s unique aviation heritage. In 2013, Avolon commissioned a documentary film, Pioneers and Aviators, A Century of Irish Aviation, which tells the story of the individuals whose vision, passion, successes and failures helped forge Ireland’s unique aviation landscape. Following on from the documentary, a unique, 270-page documentary book (or ‘Photographic Essay’) was published in 2015. Dómhnal is also committed to supporting initiatives outside of aviation finance and, in particular, to supporting the Arts. He has collaborated with Ireland’s Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) to enable international artists to come to Dublin and develop their practice within one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary art organisations.
Dómhnal has a Bachelor of Commerce from NUI Galway (formerly University College Galway) and is a Board member of the University Foundation. In 2015, Dómhnal was honoured by NUI Galway for his achievements in global business leadership. In December 2016, Dómhnal received the Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Aviation Industry” at the Aviation Industry Awards.

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