Elaine heads up the Asset Finance team at Walkers Fiduciary Limited. Elaine serves on the boards of numerous special purpose vehicles involved in asset finance transactions. Elaine specializes in aircraft finance transactions. Prior to joining the fiduciary team Elaine worked in the Corporate and Finance Group of Walkers’ Cayman Islands law office where she advised on asset finance transactions. Elaine has extensive experience in all aspects of aircraft finance and regularly advised on the financing and leasing of aircraft including the structuring of aircraft purchase, sale, financing (including pre-delivery payment financing) and
leasing transactions. Elaine has acted for banks, commercial airlines, operators, institutional investors, corporate borrowers, commercial aircraft lessors and high net worth individuals in a broad range of corporate and finance transactions.
Energetic Finance Professional leading a team focused on driving bottom line improvement to business. Believe in fostering relationships with other key members of the leadership team and provide strategic direction to their respective areas on how they can reap the most benefit from small investments. I hope my energy and passion for my work inspires others to give their best and truly embrace the satisfaction from always going above and beyond.
Kira has a strong passion in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry. She started her Aviation career being trained as an Air Traffic Controller in the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. Subsequently, she joined Universal Weather & Aviation Inc in 2002 and was based in their Singapore office. She started off in the Flight Operations Department and is proficient in the day to day operations of the ground support division. She then took on Management responsibilities for the Singapore office. In 2008, she was
seconded to Beijing, China as Acting Director, Business and administration and was responsible for the establishment of a new subsidiary, Universal Aviation China. Needing a new challenge, Kira joined Boeing in 2011 as a Business Operations Specialist before becoming a Regional Sales Manager in 2012. Developing an interest in Aircraft Sales and Marketing, Kira joined Bombardier Commercial Aircraft in 2016 as an Airline Marketing Manager.
Carey J. Fagan has been serving as the Executive Director for International Affairs of the Federal Aviation Administration since December 2010. She oversees the FAA's international offices in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In this role, Mrs. Fagan is responsible for developing international policy and providing guidance across the various disciplines of FAA. Ms. Fagan chairs the International Advisory Board with responsibility for development, oversight and execution of the FAA's International strategy. Ms. Fagan also represents the FAA in international forums such as the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Ms. Fagan has over twenty five years of federal government experience, twenty of which have been in the international area.
Christine De Gagné
Christine De Gagné has 15 years of aviation experience and was recently appointed to the role of Cabin Marketing Manager, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. In her role, she is responsible to define the cabin market requirements for the C Series, CRJ Series and Q Series aircraft programs. Additionally, she supports sales campaigns around the world by presenting customers with value propositions and operational benefits of Bombardier commercial aircraft, aligned to the customers’ business needs focused on providing a positive passenger experience. Christine holds a Bachelors in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University, and is
currently completing her Masters in Engineering Management from the Université de Sherbrooke. Christine is a mentor for younger members of the Women in Aerospace organization and volunteers with the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra.
Maribel Rodriguez Gamero
Maribel Rodriguez joined WTTC in June Regional Director in Southern Europe and LATAM areas. Previously, Commercial Director for Travelodge Hotels Spain and Board Member also served as Council Member of Madrid Hotels Association (AEHM) and member of the Commission of Tourism to promote Madrid destination.Maribel has extensive experience in the commercial aviation industry managing the landing and implementation of the Low Cost Airlines model in the Southern European Market for the following companies: Virgin Express, Go-Fly, EasyJet and Ryanair. At Ryanair she supervised the opening of 21 airports and over 190 routes across Europe and the setting up of multiple operation bases.She also served at Full Service Scheduled Airlines like GB Airways, Franchise partner of British Airways in Spain, Portugal and France.
My name is Berglind Gudmundsdottir and I live in Iceland. After colleague I became a PE teacher but soon after graduation I got a change to become a flight attendant, after that there was no return- I fell hard for aviation. Since then I have worked for 2 Icelandic airlines, having held various positions, including but not limited to cabin crew, cabin manager, station manager, crew planning manager, operations manager and for the last 8 years I have mainly been in sales, marketing and production for Loftleidir Icelandic which is a subsidiary of Icelandair/Icelandair group.
I have been based all over the world, having spent a long time in the middle and far east, Africa several places in Europe. Currently I oversee our project in Papua New Guinea.
Alison Hartley is vice president of Global Sales & Marketing for Global Services & Support (GS&S), a business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Her primary responsibilities include developing, integrating and implementing strategies that drive global business growth and enhance customer relationships. Hartley joined Boeing in November 2015 from L-3 Communications, where she served as corporate vice president of Business & Strategic Development. Prior to that, she was president of the L-3 ComCept Division and, from 2003-2008, was the senior vice president of Business Development over the Aerospace Systems Group. Before joining L-3, she held a variety of leadership positions with Honeywell International Defense & Space Systems across Business Development, Contract Management and Supply Chain Management. Hartley is a recipient of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2015 “Women Worth Watching” Award in Aerospace & Defense Industry and completed the Executive Leadership Development Program at Wharton College in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., and a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University in Albuquerque, N.M.
Donna Hrinak joined The Boeing Company in 2011 as Corporate Vice President and President, Latin America. In this role, she opened Boeing's first three offices in South America and integrates and advances all Boeing activities in the region. Donna came to Boeing from the food and beverage industry. Before entering the private sector she was a career officer in the US Foreign Service, whose assignments included serving as US Ambassador to Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.
Tatiana was born and raised in Eastern Europe. After graduating from high school, she moved to the United States to pursue her education at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). She holds BS degree in Finance from CCSU where she graduated with honors and is currently pursuing her MBA at Indiana University, Kelly School of Business. After graduating, Tatiana worked in various roles in private wealth management sector for over 15 years. In 2015 she took a position of a Senior Financial Analyst in
Commercial Engine Organization at Pratt & Whitney, where she currently holds position of Manager for Aftermarket Campaigns Finance Group. Tatiana is passionate traveler, avid skier and runner. She also enjoys arts, particularly ballet. In her free time, Tatiana works with local non-profit organization as a mentor for young girls ages 12-18.
Rebecca A. Lipe is an associate in Steptoe & Johnson, LLP's Washington office. As a member of the Transportation Group, she focuses her practice on transportation regulation, aviation law, unmanned aviation systems (UAS), litigation, and administrative proceedings. Ms. Lipe’s experience includes assisting clients with obtaining UAS Certificates of Waiver or Authorization issued by the FAA, creating operations manuals integral to incorporating UAS into commercial entities, responding to Department of
Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enforcement actions, and representing aviation companies in tort litigation pending in state and federal courts. Prior to joining Steptoe, Ms. Lipe was an attorney in the US Air Force where she provided policy advice and regulatory guidance to senior leadership on accident investigations. In addition, Ms. Lipe was responsible for providing worldwide support and
training to Aerospace Accident Investigation Boards (AIBs) for mishaps involving aircraft, unmanned aerial systems, missiles, or space crashes. She also provided support to Ground Accident Investigation Boards (GAIBs) for investigation of duty-related ground accidents. Ms. Lipe also defended and adjudicated administrative claims and Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) litigation arising from Air Force aviation and admiralty activities worldwide, and served as the principal legal advisor to pilot and aircrew
Appointed to the post of Deputy-Director, Economic Regulation & Administration in March 2012, Nicoela oversees the economic regulatory activities of the Cayman Islands aviation industry for the jurisdiction. This includes air transport licensing for scheduled and non-scheduled carriers operating into/out of the jurisdiction; tariff monitoring, bi-lateral/ multilateral negotiations, development and implementation of economic regulatory policy for airports and service providers and the provision of advice on economic/commercial activities for the air transport sector. Additionally, Nicoela oversees the Authority's Administration team
including Human Resources, Business Development and IT.
Keren Williams McLendon
Keren Williams McLendon is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Robinson Aviation (RVA), Inc., where she provides overall management and direction of the corporation. She establishes corporate goals, provides assistance to subordinate managers in business development, and establishes internal programs to train personnel. Furthermore, Ms. McLendon ensures safety and
quality programs are compliant and effective, and maintained and in compliance with customer requirements.
I am a Managing Director responsible for Aviation at Doric GmbH. Doric GmbH is a structured lessor based in Germany, the UK and US managing a portfolio of 45 aircraft with an asset volume in excess of USD 7 bn. Investor structures include London Stock Exchange listed funds as well as Luxembourg secularization vehicles for financing of aircraft. Lessees include names like Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air Asia as well as Norwegian. I worked in a leading role in setting up those
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Most widely recognized for her service on September 11, Heather “Lucky” Penney was part of the first wave of women who went directly into fighters from pilot training. She grew up around aviation and warbirds, and applied to the Air National Guard to fly F-16s as soon as she learned
that Congress had opened combat aviation to women. The first and only woman in the 121st Fighter Squadron, Heather deployed to Operation
Iraqi Freedom for initial combat operations as a night-time SCUD Hunter in the western deserts of Iraq, also supporting Special Operations Forces. She flew the F-16 for ten years before having to make the difficult decision to leave the fighter aviation as a single mother. She continued to serve, flying the G-100 Astra jet for another six years in the VIP Special Airlift Mission. She works now for Lockheed Martin as the Director of Air Force Aviation Training Systems, specializing in capture management, government relations, and strategic business development. There, her portfolio has included the F-22, the F-16, and F-35 training; she is currently focused on the Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition. Heather recently became the National Chair for the Commemorative Air Force’s RISE ABOVE: WASP program. In this role, she will help bring the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots to children across America, so that they too can RISE ABOVE, daring to become what they dream. Heather’s passion for aviation has never faded – she has raced jets at the Reno Air Races, she has over 3,000 hours with Commercial, CFII/MEI, and ATP ratings, and she volunteers with the Collings Foundation, co-piloting their B-17 when her busy schedule allows her to get away. She enjoys flying her PT-17 Stearman and 1950 Cessna 170A with her family and rescue dog, Gilmore (named after Roscoe’s lion); and when she isn’t in the air, you can usually find her with her family, camping and hiking in a National Park.
Marie-Eve Pilon is the manager of the Customer Experience and Events group at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. Having internal and external clients around the globe, she truly understands what it means to be international.
Experienced in financing and leasing aircraft with commercial airlines around the world.
Michelle's primary sector expertise lies in transportation and leasing, specifically commercial and corporate aircraft, ocean going vessels, and rail. She advises clients and audit teams in deals/transactions, audit reviews, and other valuation and asset related topics. These include market values, maintenance adjusted values, lease encumbered values, liquidation and forced liquidation values, residual values, useful lives, impairment models, order books, maintenance related issues such as maintenance reserves and maintenance rights, and other risks associated with certain assets and portfolios. She has valued aircraft, engines, spare
parts, ground/ramp equipment, flight simulators, inflight entertainment systems, and other tangible assets for multiple major airlines for fresh start accounting and other airlines for purchase price allocation purpose. She has also performed the valuation of the largest corporate jet portfolio to transact. Her other engagements have been for clients in the U.S. as well as internationally in airlines, aircraft lessors, private equity clients, maritime operators, banks, and other asset management/investment companies. Michelle is part of the PwC Deals team with valuation, deals, and leasing professionals combine with a deep knowledge of the industry with accounting and financial reporting experience.