Executive Management

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, CEO

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.

David F. Thompson


David Thompson President and COO

David Thompson is the President of SKY Leasing. He has been in the capital equipment leasing business during his entire professional career. He has been leasing commercial jet transport since 1989, when he led an aviation finance team at Bank of America Leasing. At GATX Air, David led the marketing team, which had placement responsibility of nearly 200 commercial aircraft that were a combination of GATX-owned, EAST securitization, and joint venture-management airplanes. He also oversaw portfolio sales of GATX aircraft and was instrumental in the formation of the GATX joint venture with Rolls-Royce & Partners. Prior to joining SKY, David was at SkyWorks Leasing generating fee income from third-part aircraft sales and freighter conversions. David holds a B.S. from Middlebury College.

John F. Edwards

Senior Vice President, Head of Technical Operations

John Edwards, Sr. VP, 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.

Austin S. Wiley

Vice President, Capital Markets

Austin Wiley, VP, Capital Markets

Austin Wiley is the Vice President, Capital Markets 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

Vice President, Head of Marketing

Steven Patch, VP, Portfolio Acquisitions

Steven Patch is the Vice President, Head of Marketing of SKY Leasing. He is responsible for global airline relationships and the origination of sale and lease-back transactions. He entered the leasing industry from private equity in 2009 as a Financial Analyst at Sky Holding Company, and became Director of Asset Management and Financial Analysis. In that role he was responsible for all lease transitions and negotiations, as well as aircraft sales from the PALS portfolios, including (11) 757s sold to Federal Express. Steven holds an MBA from Oxford University and a B.S. from Syracuse University.

Ronan Kelleher

Chief Financial Officer

Ronan Kelleher

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

  • Frank Nash ATL Partners
  • Rich Wiley SKY Leasing
  • Margaret Clandillon Independent
  • Paul Teske ATL Partners
  • Tony Walsh Independent
  • Pat O’Brien Independent
  • Przemek Obloj PSP Investments