Newport Beach, CA (April 27, 2015) – Aviation Capital Group (“ACG”) announced today that Eric Blau has joined ACG as vice president and treasurer. “Eric brings broad industry expertise to ACG through his capital markets and aviation asset experience,” said Madhu Vijay, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “His breadth of knowledge and expertise complements ACG’s many strengths and further bolsters our innovative approaches to the capital markets. Eric has raised a wide variety of capital across the funding spectrum from private equity to large senior debt transactions for the aviation industry. He also brings aircraft asset management and trading experience from his work at MRO providers.”
Mr. Blau has extensive experience with the capital markets in the areas of trading, underwriting, structuring, origination, risk management, and portfolio management. Most recently, Mr. Blau served as chief financial officer of a commercial aircraft engine MRO, where he was integral to the build-out of the company’s operations with the acquisition and integration of an engine leasing company.
Prior to aviation banking, Mr. Blau served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. He has held designations as a Registered Representative and General Securities Principal with FINRA and has also been a member of the National Futures Association. Mr. Blau holds a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in international business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
About Aviation Capital Group
Aviation Capital Group is one of the top aircraft operating lease enterprises in the world with a portfolio in excess of 265 commercial aircraft leased to approximately 90 airlines in 40 countries. ACG also maintains one of the leasing industry’s largest new aircraft order books with more than 108 Boeing and Airbus aircraft on order as of December 31, 2014.
ACG has an investment grade credit rating from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Company (“Pacific Life”). Founded in 1868, Pacific Life is one of the leading U.S.-based life insurance companies and, along with its affiliates, had more than $137 billion in assets as of December 31, 2014. For further information, please visit www.aviationcapital.com.