NAC is the global leader in regional aircraft leasing and is expanding into larger narrowbody aircraft leveraging our world class asset management platform.
Norman C.T. Liu
Norm Liu was named President & CEO of Nordic Aviation Capital during the fall of 2021. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Global Infrastructure Partners and a Board Member of GA Telesis. Prior to assuming the role of President & CEO, Norm was a Senior Advisor to NAC from May 2019.
Norm is the former Chairman of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and left GECAS at the end of 2016. Norm’s 40-year career has included 5 years in investment banking and 30 years with GE Capital, of which 22 years were with GECAS. He served as EVP-Commercial for 14 years at GECAS and as Chairman, President, and CEO for 8 years. During these 22 years, GECAS’s net income and assets grew dramatically to over $55B AUM. GECAS was the world leader in aviation finance during his entire tenure as CEO. He also served as a Senior Advisor to ICBC Leasing for 4 years following his GECAS primary career.
Norm graduated with a BS from Yale in 1979 and received an MBA from Harvard in 1982. He was also a 2017 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard.
Mike Jones has over 35 years of senior management experience in the aviation industry and joined NAC during January 2022.
He most recently worked as EVP, Emerging Markets for GE Capital Aviation Services, where he led teams covering airline accounts across Asia, the Middle East/Africa/CIS and Latin America and oversaw a fleet in excess of $20B.
Mike began his aviation career with Guinness Peat Aviation in 1987, where he was the Regional Manager for Asia Pacific and was responsible for setting up their Asian operations in Singapore.
Colin Joyce has over 24 years of experience in the aviation sector and joined NAC during January 2022.
He most recently worked at JLPS, a leading Japanese aircraft lease investor, where he served as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to JLPS, Colin served as CIO of Asia Aviation Capital and Senior Vice President, Aircraft Trading and Portfolio Management for GE Capital Aviation Services. Colin started his career with PwC in the audit sector.
Colin has a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Ed Sheard has over 20 years of experience in aircraft leasing and finance and joined NAC during January 2022.
Ed previously worked at GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for 14 years with postings in Brazil, UAE and Ireland, where he most recently served as SVP & Associate General Counsel. Prior to GECAS, Ed served as an associate in the London-based aircraft finance teams of Clyde & Co, Stephenson Harwood and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Ed holds Master’s degrees in International Business Law and Banking and Finance Law from King’s College London and University College London, respectively.
David Farrell has over 30 years of experience in aircraft leasing and finance and joined NAC during January 2022.
David previously worked for BOC Aviation (a subsidiary of Bank of China) for 15 years, where he held the position of Chief Risk Officer. Prior to that, David served as Vice President & Regional Manager, Structured Finance for Asia at GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and was previously Vice President Risk Management, Asia-Pacific Region. In addition, he has worked for the specialist transportation lender, DVB Bank AG.
David graduated from University College Dublin in 1987 and received an MBA from Georgetown University in 1991.
Brian Power joined NAC in 2016 and has over 30 years of experience in the aviation sector. Brian joined the business as VP Technical. He was appointed GVP Transaction Asset Management in 2017 and SVP Technical Operations in 2019.
Brian previously worked as Head of Technical at Aldus Aviation Ltd. He began his aviation career as an apprentice at Lufthansa Technik Shannon, where he held various senior roles, overseeing a wide array of commercial aircraft over a 21 year period.
Brian holds a BSc in Business, an MBA (Aviation) from the University of Limerick and EASA B1 and C licenses.
Jennifer Creevey has over 25 years of experience in financial roles in the aircraft leasing, telecom, banking and healthcare sectors and joined NAC in April 2023.
She most recently worked as CFO of DAE Capital, a top 10 aircraft lessor, from 2017 to 2022. From 2008 to 2017, she was with AWAS, a firm subsequently acquired by DAE. Jennifer served as Chief Accounting Officer, leading the financial reporting team at AWAS and working on key strategic projects. Prior to AWAS, she was head of IR for Eircom, the leading telecom provider in Ireland. In addition, she held various finance roles with Westpac Banking in Australia and Bayer Diagnostic Group in Ireland.
Jennifer is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has an MBA from Dublin City University.
Gareth Halpin joined NAC in 2020 and has over 30 years of experience in the aviation and financial services industry.
Gareth previously worked for Avolon for 7 years, where he served as Group Treasurer and Head of Capital Markets. Prior to Avolon, Gareth served in several senior executive roles in the financial services and aircraft leasing sector, as Deputy Head/ Senior Manager of the Debt Restructuring division in the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation and as Director of Marketing and Risk Management in Pembroke Group (now Standard Chartered Aviation Finance). Gareth started his career with KPMG in the financial services sector.
Gareth has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Keiko joined NAC in 2022 and has over 20 years of HR experience working in multiple global companies.
She most recently worked for GE for 17 years. She served nine years with GE Japan and GE Capital based in Tokyo and Osaka, followed by eight years at GECAS in Singapore, where she was a senior HR leader overseeing global teams responsible for over $20B of aviation assets.
Keiko has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Wichita State University and has attended an executive education program at London Business School.
Clem McCloskey has over 33 years of experience in the commercial aviation industry and joined NAC in 2022.
Clem manages NAC’s marketing team and activities primarily across Europe & North America with responsibility for all airline origination, placement and remarketing activities in the region.
Before joining NAC, Clem held various positions with GPA and GECAS working with airline accounts in Europe/CIS and the Americas. His last position with GECAS was SVP and North Asia Regional Manager located in Hong Kong.
Aashish Sonawala has 30 years of commercial experience including 25 years in the aircraft leasing and aerospace industries and joined NAC in 2022.
Aashish manages NAC’s marketing team and activities across Asia Pacific & Middle East/Africa & South America with responsibility for all airline origination, placement and remarketing activities in the region.
Prior to joining NAC, Aashish spent eight years with GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati and Asia followed by 16 years at GECAS. His most recent role in GECAS was SVP and APAC Regional Manager based in Singapore.
Table detailing the different committees that the board sits on.