18TH November 2021, Crawley, London, UK – AerFin Board of Directors announces the appointment of Simon Goodson as Chief Executive Officer, replacing founder and current CEO Bob James. Bob James will remain invested in the business and transition to Non-Executive Director as part of the company’s agreed succession planning. Simon Goodson will join the business on December 1st, 2021.
Lucas Mollan, Chairman of the Board, said: “On behalf of the company and all shareholders, I would like to thank Bob James for his commitment and continued support in building the business from its inception to the well-respected, professional, aviation services provider that it is today. The company has experienced significant growth under his leadership and his ongoing participation at board level is very much appreciated”. He added “The board welcomes Simon Goodson as CEO, strengthening the platform and preparing the business for further international expansion and growth. Simon Goodson has a wealth of experience gained through a career spanning the Royal Navy, asset backed finance, engine leasingand latterly Rolls Royce PLC where he served in various roles, most recently as Senior Vice President - Customer Business, Civil Aerospace, heading up global sales for civil engines and services”.
Danish private equity firm CataCap, in partnership with the management team, acquired AerFin Holdings in October 2019. Peter Ryttergaard, founding partner of CataCap, added “We would like to thank Bob James for his commitment and continued support at board level and now welcome Simon as CEO. We consider the aviation aftermarket to be extremely attractive with strong underlying growth drivers. We expect to see a strong recovery from the pandemic which will see airlines, OEMs and MROs seek to reduce costs and drive sustainable supply chain solutions around which our investment strategy has been developed.”