Aviation Finance Finuas Network

 We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for jobseekers on our network programmes subject to funding being available

Please click on the following link to check if you meet Jobseekers eligibility criteria;



DATES: 20th, 21st & 22nd October 2015

TIME: 9am – 5pm

COST: €€1100.00 per participant……funding already applied.

LOCATION: Savoy Hotel Limerick

Click on link Executive Education Aircraft Leasing School


John McMahon has 25 years of experience in commercial aviation and finance.

He is Managing Director of Equavia Limited, an aviation advisory firm. He also serves as Chairman of BNP Paribas Ireland, Chairman of Mindconnex Learning Limited, Director of Airspeed Limited and Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick’s Kemmy Business School.

John began his aviation career in 1986 as an operations research analyst at Aer Lingus, where he subsequently became responsible for route planning and fleet planning. In 1990, he joined GPA Group, then the world’s leading aircraft lessor, with a particular focus on developing the aircraft investment market in Japan. He transferred to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) upon its formation when it assumed management responsibility for GPA’s assets. In 1995, he was a founding member of the team that established debis AirFinance (now AerCap) in Amsterdam and, as managing director, was instrumental in growing the company from a start-up into a major global player with 225 aircraft leased to 90 airline customers. In 2003, he joined Lloyds TSB Bank in London as Deputy Managing Director of Structured Asset Finance before later founding AVIMCO, through which he acted as advisor on a number of large-scale aviation-related private equity projects, including Terra Firma Capital Partners’ acquisition of AWAS from Morgan Stanley. In 2006, he cooperated with GECAS to launch Genesis Lease by successfully raising $1.6 billion through an IPO/NYSE listing and a related debt offering. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until Genesis merged with AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER) in 2010 to form the world’s leading independent aircraft leasing company.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the National University of Ireland and completed post-graduate diplomas in accounting and finance (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), management (University of Dublin, Trinity College) and computer modelling & simulation (University of Dublin, Trinity College). He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors.

E-Mail: john.mcmahon@mjmcmahon.com



Brian Hayden was employed by General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) from 1993 until his retirement at the end of 2008. During his tenure with GECAS, he served as Executive Vice President and the Head of GECAS’ office in Shannon, Ireland, as well as the GE National Executive Director for the Republic of Ireland. He also served as Chairman of the Board and President of GECAT, then a pilot training subsidiary of GECAS. From 1989 to 1993, he was Senior Vice President of the technical division of GPA Group, a commercial aircraft leasing company based in Shannon. Mr. Hayden began his career with Aer Lingus in 1970 where he held various management positions. He is a director of Airplanes Limited, Oxford Aviation Academy and Euorpean Rail Finance.

Mr. Hayden graduated as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He was awarded an MSc by Trinity College Dublin and subsequently earned an MBA from University College Dublin in 1984.