SKY Leasing’s core strength is our people. Our management team has over 135 years of experience in aircraft leasing with expertise in: origination, asset management, risk diversification, technical management, and aircraft sales. Our team is closely aligned with our airline, manufacturer, and finance partners to execute on long-term fleet solutions.
Rich S. Wiley
Chief Executive Officer
Rich Wiley is the Chief Executive Officer of SKY Leasing. With over 30 years of industry experience, Mr. Wiley has become a leading executive in the aircraft leasing industry. During his career, he has helped originate over $20.0B in aircraft transactions and maintains relationships with over 100 airline customers globally in every major and developing commercial aviation market. In addition to SKY Leasing, Mr. Wiley has founded and led a series of successful aviation leasing companies including Pegasus Aviation in 1988, Pegasus Aviation Finance Company (“PAFCO”) in 2004, Sky Holding Company in 2007, and Jackson Square Aviation ("JSA") in 2010. PAFCO and JSA were sold to Terra Firma Capital Partners and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance, respectively. Mr. Wiley holds a B.S. from Indiana University and an MBA from UCLA, where he is honored as an “Inspirational 100” Alumnus.
Austin S. Wiley
Austin Wiley is the President of SKY Leasing. In this role, he is responsible for equity capital raising and aircraft debt financings. He has more than eight years of aircraft leasing experience and maintains relationships with more than 40 commercial banks and airlines worldwide. Prior to working in Capital Markets, Austin was a Marketing Director for Sky Holding Company, where his responsibilities included remarketing aircraft, contract negotiation, and originating new airline relationships. Austin has leased or sold more than 50 commercial aircraft throughout his career. Prior to SKY, he worked as an Analyst for Pegasus Aviation. Austin holds an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School Of Business and a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College.
Steven R. Patch
Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing
Steven Patch is the Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing of SKY. He is responsible for global airline relationships and the origination of sale and lease-back transactions. He entered the leasing industry in 2009 as a financial analyst at Sky Holding Company ("SHC"), and became Director of Asset Management and Financial Analysis. In that role, he was responsible for lease transitions and negotiations, as well as aircraft sales from the PALS portfolios, including (11) 757s sold to Federal Express. Concurrently to his employment at SHC, Patch also worked at Jackson Square Aviation where he assisted with airline relationships, pricing, and transaction analysis. Patch holds an MBA from Oxford University and a B.S. double major from Syracuse University.
John F. Edwards
Senior Vice President, Head of Technical Operations
John Edwards is the Senior Vice President and Head of Technical Operations of SKY Leasing. John has over 25 years of experience in the commercial aviation industry. He was formerly the Vice President Asset Manager and CTO-Aircraft at Willis Lease Finance and served as Director of Leased Aircraft Management at AWAS / Pegasus and Director of Operations at GATX. Direct experience with the current Boeing and Airbus product line including aircraft transitions, contract negotiations, and fleet management; broad knowledge of the Airbus single aisle fleet while A320 Engineering Fleet Manager at US Airways and United Airlines. John holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton and is an ISTAT Certified Appraiser.
Catherine Kearns is General Counsel of Sky Leasing. Catherine has over 20 years of experience in international contract law with over 15 years of experience in aircraft leasing. She joined Sky following 12 years as Head of Legal at ORIX Aviation, managing a team of 8 legal professionals with a portfolio of over 170 aircraft and responsibility for all trading transaction execution. Catherine has extensive experience in contract negotiation and provision of legal advice in connection with aircraft acquisitions, sales, asset management, structured finance and operating leasing. Catherine was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2000 and holds an LLB from Trinity College Dublin.
Chief Financial Officer
Ronan Kelleher is the Chief Financial Officer of SKY Leasing. Ronan has over 15 years of international experience in audit, advisory and corporate finance across a large number of industries, including over 5 years specializing in aircraft leasing at KPMG in Dublin. His leasing industry experience encompasses the audit of specialist transactions including SEC F1 registrations, R144A transactions, GAAP conversions, asset-backed securitizations, SPV structuring under IFRS and US GAAP, and due diligence in cross-border M&A. Previously Ronan worked on due diligence assignments for stock market flotations and private equity transactions in London. Ronan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelor of International Commerce from University College Dublin.
Board of Directors - SKY Aviation Leasing International Limited