Griffin

Griffin is led by a seasoned and innovative team of aviation professionals

Senior Leadership Team

Ryan McKenna

Chief Executive Officer

Ryan McKenna is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Griffin. Mr. McKenna previously served as Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Planning at Air Lease Corporation. Mr. McKenna received a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, a Master of Business Administration from London Business School, and is an FAA rated pilot.

Ryan McKenna is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Griffin. Mr. McKenna previously served as Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Planning at Air Lease Corporation. Mr. McKenna received a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, a Master of Business Administration from London Business School, and is an FAA rated pilot.

Marc Baer

President

Marc Baer joined Griffin as President in 2020. Previously, Mr. Baer was Executive Vice President Marketing at Air Lease Corporation where his many responsibilities included developing and overseeing airline relationships, concluding lease, sale and purchase agreements, and leading aircraft trading efforts. Prior to that, he served in the role of Senior Vice President Marketing at International Lease Finance Corporation where he began working in 1997. Mr. Baer is fluent in French and holds dual U.S. & French citizenship. He received his A.B. from Stanford University, and is an FAA licensed pilot.

Marc Baer joined Griffin as President in 2020. Previously, Mr. Baer was Executive Vice President Marketing at Air Lease Corporation where his many responsibilities included developing and overseeing airline relationships, concluding lease, sale and purchase agreements, and leading aircraft trading efforts. Prior to that, he served in the role of Senior Vice President Marketing at International Lease Finance Corporation where he began working in 1997. Mr. Baer is fluent in French and holds dual U.S. & French citizenship. He received his A.B. from Stanford University, and is an FAA licensed pilot.

John Beekman

Chief Financial Officer

John Beekman is the Chief Financial Officer for Griffin. Mr. Beekman joined Griffin in 2020 from Fidelity Management & Research Company where he was a Research Analyst responsible for analyzing and recommending debt instruments in the aerospace/defense, airline, aircraft leasing, and aviation asset backed securities sectors. Mr. Beekman earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of Arizona, and his MBA from the Yale School of Management. Mr. Beekman is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a former member of the ISTAT Appraisers Program Board of Governors (IBG).

John Beekman is the Chief Financial Officer for Griffin. Mr. Beekman joined Griffin in 2020 from Fidelity Management & Research Company where he was a Research Analyst responsible for analyzing and recommending debt instruments in the aerospace/defense, airline, aircraft leasing, and aviation asset backed securities sectors. Mr. Beekman earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of Arizona, and his MBA from the Yale School of Management. Mr. Beekman is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a former member of the ISTAT Appraisers Program Board of Governors (IBG).

Eric Hild

Senior Vice President

Eric Hild joined Griffin as Senior Vice President Marketing in 2021 bringing a diverse background with over 30 years of commercial aviation experience with The Boeing Company.  Mr. Hild served in various Sales and Marketing executive positions for European, Latin American and Global Leasing customers with responsibility to manage Boeing business relationships, the sale of all commercial airplanes and related services.  Additionally, Mr. Hild was the executive Customer Leader for the 787 program for four years and with responsibility for successfully developing sales and marketing strategies for the existing and future customers of the 787 Dreamliner family of aircraft.  Mr. Hild is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Business Administration and received an Executive MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Eric Hild joined Griffin as Senior Vice President Marketing in 2021 bringing a diverse background with over 30 years of commercial aviation experience with The Boeing Company.  Mr. Hild served in various Sales and Marketing executive positions for European, Latin American and Global Leasing customers with responsibility to manage Boeing business relationships, the sale of all commercial airplanes and related services.  Additionally, Mr. Hild was the executive Customer Leader for the 787 program for four years and with responsibility for successfully developing sales and marketing strategies for the existing and future customers of the 787 Dreamliner family of aircraft.  Mr. Hild is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Business Administration and received an Executive MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Chris Davey

Senior Vice President

Chris Davey worked for Griffin as a Consultant in 2020 and then joined as SVP Head of Technical in early 2021. Prior to joining Griffin Mr. Davey worked for Virgin Atlantic Airways in a variety of roles in Engineering including Hangar Manager, Commercial Manager, Planning Manager and the Head of Aircraft Asset Management for the last seven years responsible for new Aircraft acquisition and lease negotiation, end of lease returns and aircraft sales. Mr. Davey holds an EASA Engineering License with multiple Aircraft Types in categories A, B and C and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies.

Chris Davey worked for Griffin as a Consultant in 2020 and then joined as SVP Head of Technical in early 2021. Prior to joining Griffin Mr. Davey worked for Virgin Atlantic Airways in a variety of roles in Engineering including Hangar Manager, Commercial Manager, Planning Manager and the Head of Aircraft Asset Management for the last seven years responsible for new Aircraft acquisition and lease negotiation, end of lease returns and aircraft sales. Mr. Davey holds an EASA Engineering License with multiple Aircraft Types in categories A, B and C and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies.

Patricia Lynch

Vice President

Patricia Lynch joined Griffin as Vice President in 2020.  Ms. Lynch worked with AWAS/DAE from 2014 and was Head of Contracts Management. Prior to that she was an executive with GECAS where she held many responsibilities in Operations.  Ms. Lynch has deep experience in Contracts Management, Aircraft Deliveries, ABS Management, Business Re-engineering, and Customer Relations.  Ms. Lynch earned her Bachelor of Business Studies at University College Dublin, an advanced Diploma in Project Management from The Dublin Business School and is a certified 6 Sigma/Lean Quality Leader.

Patricia Lynch joined Griffin as Vice President in 2020.  Ms. Lynch worked with AWAS/DAE from 2014 and was Head of Contracts Management. Prior to that she was an executive with GECAS where she held many responsibilities in Operations.  Ms. Lynch has deep experience in Contracts Management, Aircraft Deliveries, ABS Management, Business Re-engineering, and Customer Relations.  Ms. Lynch earned her Bachelor of Business Studies at University College Dublin, an advanced Diploma in Project Management from The Dublin Business School and is a certified 6 Sigma/Lean Quality Leader.

Michael Lombardi

Vice President

Michael Lombardi joined Griffin as Vice President in 2021. Prior to joining Griffin, Mr. Lombardi spent ten years working at The Boeing Company in a variety of roles on the commercial selling team including Commercial Sales Director responsible for customers in the South Pacific and Regional Director of Contracts supporting lessor and airline customers in North and South America, Europe, SE Asia and Oceania. Mr. Lombardi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Seattle University and holds a Commercial Pilot License and Flight Instructor Certificate.

Michael Lombardi joined Griffin as Vice President in 2021. Prior to joining Griffin, Mr. Lombardi spent ten years working at The Boeing Company in a variety of roles on the commercial selling team including Commercial Sales Director responsible for customers in the South Pacific and Regional Director of Contracts supporting lessor and airline customers in North and South America, Europe, SE Asia and Oceania. Mr. Lombardi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Seattle University and holds a Commercial Pilot License and Flight Instructor Certificate.

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