San Francisco, CA – August 3, 2021 – SKY Leasing (“SKY”) is pleased to announce that Catherine Kearns has joined as General Counsel, based in SKY’s Dublin, Ireland office. Catherine has more than 25 years of aircraft leasing legal experience previously holding senior legal roles at BOC Aviation, Sky Aviation Leasing International, and ORIX Aviation.
Commenting on the hire, SKY’s Chief Executive Officer, Austin Wiley said “We are delighted to welcome Catherine back to SKY and have her as a part of our leadership team. Catherine’s exceptional talent and reputation enhances our platform execution capabilities for both our airline customers and investors”.
Also joining SKY Leasing is Valerie Tay, who has been appointed Managing Director, Asia. Valerie previously held banking positions with Citibank and HSH Nordbank, before joining Transportation Partners in 2012, where, as Chief Financial Officer, she built the lessor’s finance capability.
She will report to John Duffy, Chief Commercial Officer, who added “It’s great to have Valerie on board. She will bring a unique insight to our Asian growth plans, having looked at many deals through the lens of a banker, lessor and airline over a twenty-year period”.