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Our management team has decades of experience navigating the unique challenges and demands of investing in and leasing commercial aircraft globally.

Senior Leadership Team

Mahoko Hara​

Executive Chair

Ms. Hara is the Executive Chairperson of ACG and is also a Senior Managing Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Tokyo Century Corporation (“TC”).  Ms. Hara assumed the Executive Chair role in December 2019 following TC’s acquisition of ACG.  

Ms. Hara joined TC in 2011 and has been responsible for strategic planning and cross-border M&A for TC’s specialty finance businesses with particular focus on the aviation sector.  

Prior to joining TC, Ms. Hara worked for Shinsei Bank and Citibank specializing in structured credit and asset finance.  Prior to these roles, Ms. Hara was with Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank (now Mizuho Bank) fulfilling a variety of roles in corporate and investment banking, including several years in the London and New York offices. 

Ms. Hara holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tsukuba University and a certificate in Leadership and Management from UCLA Anderson School of Management. 

Thomas G. Baker

Chief Executive Officer and President

Mr. Baker is the Chief Executive Officer and President of ACG. Prior to assuming leadership of ACG in November 2020, Mr. Baker served as Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, with responsibility for leading ACG’s Sales/Marketing, Trading and Technical teams. Mr. Baker previously oversaw ACG’s corporate strategy, financial planning & analysis, and investor relations functions.

Mr. Baker joined ACG in 2016 from Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division, where he covered clients in the Aviation & Transportation Sectors since 2006. In this role, he advised clients on strategic priorities, capital structure optimization, equity and debt issuance, mergers and acquisitions, as well as managing relationships with key sector investors. From 2012 –2014, he was head of the Asia (ex-Japan) Transportation coverage group for Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, where he worked on debt and equity financings in the aviation and transportation sectors. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Baker spent a number of years at Citigroup in investment banking and Morgan Stanley in equity research.

Mr. Baker holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Craig Segor

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Segor is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ACG with responsibility for the Accounting, Treasury, Risk, FP&A, Tax and ESG functions. Prior to joining ACG in December 2022, Mr. Segor co-founded Plane View Partners, a boutique aviation consulting firm, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 2014 to 2020 and as Managing Director from June 2022 to October 2022. In this role he advised a variety of industry stakeholders including airlines, OEMs, lessors, investors and entrepreneurs in projects spanning strategy, M&A, aircraft and engine orders, lease transactions, product innovation and business planning. From 2020 to 2022, Mr. Segor served as Chief Investment Officer for CDB Aviation in Dublin, where he oversaw the Trading, Pricing and Strategy functions. Prior to founding Plane View Partners, Mr. Segor was SVP Strategic Planning with International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC); held various roles at Seabury Consulting, including Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer; was a Project Manager in the Strategic Development Group of TACA Airlines, and was a Senior Associate Consultant with Bain & Company.

Mr. Segor holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Elizabeth Stevens

Senior Vice President Human Resources, IT & Communications​

Ms. Stevens is Senior Vice President Human Resources, IT & Communications. Prior to joining ACG in 2020, Ms. Stevens served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Payroll for Chaparral Management Services Corp/Westside Building Material. In addition to her Human Resources background, she has held several key positions in operations, sales and customer service, and was a business owner in the medical field. 

Ms. Stevens holds a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles and a Certificate in Human Resources from New York University. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and the National Human Resources Association. 

Steven Udvar-Hazy​

Senior Vice President and Chief of Aircraft Operations

Mr. Udvar-Hazy is Senior Vice President and Chief of Aircraft Operations. In this capacity, he heads the team that covers the company’s Technical, OEM relations, Procurement and New Aircraft Management functions.  

Prior to this position, Mr. Udvar-Hazy held a variety of positions in Airline Marketing, Strategic Planning and Contracts. For five consecutive years from 2016-2020, Mr. Udvar-Hazy was recognized as one of the top 40 executives under 40 years of age in the commercial aviation industry by Airline Economics. Mr. Udvar-Hazy serves on the board of governors of the Wings Club Foundation, as a member of Stanford University’s Lifelong Engagement and Advocacy for Development (LEAD) Council, and as a Council Member of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

Mr. Udvar-Hazy is a licensed pilot by the United States Federal Aviation Administration and is type-rated on the Boeing 737. Mr. Udvar-Hazy holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 

Carter A. White

Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer

Mr. White serves as Executive Vice President and the Chief Revenue Officer of ACG with responsibility for the Global Marketing and Aircraft Trading teams, and shared responsibility for the continued growth and development of ACG’s Aircraft Financing Solutions program. Prior to assuming his current leadership role in May 2021, Mr. White served as Senior Vice President and Head of Aircraft Trading with responsibility for the strategic development and tactical implementation of all aircraft trading initiatives for ACG. 

Mr. White joined ACG in 2016 from AWAS (Ireland) Limited, where he was Managing Director EMEA Sales, Head of Aircraft Trading and OEM Relationships. At AWAS, Mr. White’s direct responsibilities included management of all secondary market trading activities, direct placement and aircraft leasing activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa and OEM commercial negotiations. Prior to AWAS, Mr. White spent several years at Transamerica Finance Corporation as Senior Vice President of Aircraft Sales and Marketing, and Sanwa Business Credit Corporation as Director of Syndications for the Commercial Aviation Finance Division.  

Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Cornell College. 

James A. Zembrzuski

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. Zembrzuski serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. In this role, he manages ACG’s legal team and oversees all legal, insurance and compliance affairs of the company. Mr. Zembrzuski joined ACG in 2015. 

Prior to joining ACG, Mr. Zembrzuski worked as in-house counsel at International Lease Finance Corporation in its Los Angeles and Amsterdam offices and advised the company in connection with a wide variety of aircraft finance and leasing matters. Previously, he was a Senior Associate in the Aircraft Finance practice at the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski in New York. Mr. Zembrzuski began his career as a revenue management analyst at US Airways in Arlington, Virginia. 

Mr. Zembrzuski earned a B.S. in Commerce (Finance) from the University of Virginia and a J.D. degree from George Washington University Law School. 

Takamasa Marito​

Executive Vice President

Mr. Marito has served as Executive Vice President of ACG since December 2019, following the acquisition of ACG by Tokyo Century (“TC”).  Mr. Marito is also Joint General Manager, Aviation Finance of TC where he is responsible for the overall marketing of TC’s aviation finance business covering lending, leasing and Japanese tax leases. 

Prior to joining TC in 2011, Mr. Marito was with The Royal Bank of Scotland where he was responsible for asset securitization and structured finance origination in Japan as Senior Director and Deputy Head of Japan Coverage and Origination.  Previously Mr. Marito worked for ABN AMRO Bank in the 1990s, where he was responsible for the bank’s structured financing activities in Japan with a primary focus in aircraft finance using Japanese tax lease structures and later for ING Baring Securities specializing in asset securitization of Japanese card loan companies and multinational companies.  

Mr. Marito holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from the International Christian University in Tokyo Japan. 

Alan Godson

Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Alan Godson is Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of ACG. In this role, he has overall asset management responsibility for all ACG assets operating worldwide. Mr. Godson’s responsibilities also include providing technical subject matter input and expertise to support ACG’s overall corporate goals and strategic objectives.

Prior to joining ACG, Mr. Godson served as Executive Vice Present (Technical) with Aircastle Limited, from 2008-2023, overseeing technical operations from their offices in APAC and EMEA. Alan is a senior aircraft leasing executive, with over 20 years of global experience in leading technical functions, managing all technical aspects of the business including: lease transactions, sales/trading, distressed asset recovery; and oversight of delivered aircraft whilst on lease. He has also built, grown and managed international technical teams and has an in-depth knowledge of commercial aircraft leasing.

Alan graduated from Kingston University with a first-class honours degree in Aircraft Engineering, and holds a master’s degree in International Economic Law from Warwick Law School, in the UK.

Board of Representatives

Mahoko Hara

Executive Chair

Thomas G. Baker

CEO & President

Anthony Diaz

Independent Representative

Ko Nakagawa

Representative

Yoshihiro Ueda

Representative

Department Heads

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Marwan Amr

Senior Vice President, Counsel & Assistant Secretary
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Ryan Barrett

Senior Vice President, Head of Marketing
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Eric Blau

Senior Vice President, Treasurer & Head of Capital Markets
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Jaime Crear

Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
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Rob Downes

Senior Vice President, Head of Aircraft Trading; MD, ACG Ireland
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Gordon Grant

Vice President, Head of ESG (Environment, Social & Governance)
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John Graves

Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
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Tom Habelmann

Vice President, New Aircraft Management
Jay Hamilton

Jay Hamilton

Vice President, Engineering
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Mark Lang

Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis and Pricing
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Greg Meyer

Vice President, Chief Information Officer
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Lisa Savitzky

Senior Vice President, Counsel & Assistant Secretary
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Ryo Yoshida

Managing Director, Executive Office
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Rakhal Bhalla

AVP, Tax & Chief Compliance Officer

Mahoko Hara

Executive Chair

Ms. Hara is the Executive Chairperson of Aviation Capital Group (“ACG”) and is also a Senior Managing Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Tokyo Century Corporation (“TC”).  Ms. Hara assumed the Executive Chair role in December 2019 following TC’s acquisition of ACG.  

Ms. Hara joined TC in 2011 and has been responsible for strategic planning and cross-border M&A for TC’s specialty finance businesses with particular focus on the aviation sector.  

Prior to joining TC, Ms. Hara worked for Shinsei Bank and Citibank specializing in structured credit and asset finance.  Prior to these roles, Ms. Hara was with Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank (now Mizuho Bank) fulfilling a variety of roles in corporate and investment banking, including several years in the London and New York offices. 

Ms. Hara holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tsukuba University and a certificate in Leadership and Management from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Thomas G. Baker

CEO & President

Mr. Baker is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Aviation Capital Group (ACG). Prior to assuming leadership of ACG in November 2020, Mr. Baker served as Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, with responsibility for leading ACG’s Sales/Marketing, Trading and Technical teams. Mr. Baker previously oversaw ACG’s corporate strategy, financial planning & analysis, and investor relations functions.

Mr. Baker joined ACG in 2016 from Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division, where he covered clients in the Aviation & Transportation Sectors since 2006. In this role, he advised clients on strategic priorities, capital structure optimization, equity and debt issuance, mergers and acquisitions, as well as managing relationships with key sector investors. From 2012 –2014, he was head of the Asia (ex-Japan) Transportation coverage group for Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, where he worked on debt and equity financings in the aviation and transportation sectors. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Baker spent a number of years at Citigroup in investment banking and Morgan Stanley in equity research.

Mr. Baker holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Anthony Diaz

Independent

Mr. Diaz currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Zephyrus Aviation Capital. Mr. Diaz was previously President of CIT Aerospace from 2012 to 2017. Prior to this position, Mr. Diaz served as an Executive Vice President of CIT Aerospace, and he was associated with subsidiaries and affiliates of CIT from 1987 through 2017. From 1981 to 1987, he was employed by People Express Airlines (which was subsequently merged into Continental Airlines) in a variety of operational and financial capacities. Prior to 1981, he worked at Cessna Finance Company, where he was primarily involved in aircraft finance. He has also served as a Director of CIT Aerospace International Ltd.

Mr. Diaz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an Associate of Science degree from the State University of New York at Farmingdale.

Ko Nakagawa

Representative

Ko Nakagawa serves as Managing Executive Officer of Tokyo Century (“TC”), where he is the Chief Compliance Officer and President of the Credit Supervision Unit, the Risk Management Unit and the Legal Division Unit. He also serves as the chair of the Comprehensive Risk Management Committee and Credit Risk Management Committee.

Since joining TC in 2010, he has worked in various business areas including corporate finance and automobile finance. He was promoted to Executive Officer in April 2017 and Managing Executive Officer in April 2021.

Prior to joining TC, Mr. Nakagawa spent over 28 years with the Mizuho Financial Group (originally Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank) where he held various senior positions overseas for 12 years, including six years in the New York and Los Angeles offices. He has also served as EVP of DKB California and General Manager of Foreign Exchange Business Department of Mizuho Corporate Bank.

Mr. Nakagawa received a B.A. in Economics from Keio University.

Yoshihiro Ueda

Representative

Mr. Ueda joined Tokyo Century in May 2015 and currently serves as the Managing Executive Officer of Tokyo Century, where he is focused on assisting Tokyo Century with expanding its aviation financing business. He is the General Manager of Tokyo Century’s Aviation Finance Division in Specialty Finance Business Unit 1, and his team is responsible for providing operating and financing leases, JOLCO structures, secured debt financing and inventory financing.

Prior to joining Tokyo Century, Mr. Ueda spent over 30 years with Mizuho Bank and its predecessor, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, or DKB, where he held various senior positions, including the General Manager of Corporate Finance Division. While at Mizuho Bank, Mr. Ueda played a pivotal role in arranging financing for real estate-related projects and loan syndications, and he was the head of the Aviation Finance Team of DKB for ten years, with responsibility for structured financing and loan transactions. Mr. Ueda holds a B.A. degree in Commerce and Management from Hitotsubashi University.

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