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19 Nov 2021

AerFin Board of Directors announces the appointment of Simon Goodson as Chief Executive Officer

AerFin is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Goodson as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 


The appointment replaces founder and current CEO, Bob James, who will remain invested in the business and transition to Non-Executive Director as part of the company’s agreed succession plan.

Lucas Mollan, Chairman of the Board, said: “On behalf of the company and all shareholders, I would like to thank Bob James for his commitment and continued support in building the business from its inception to the well-respected, professional, aviation services provider that it is today. The company has experienced significant growth under his leadership and his ongoing participation at the board level is very much appreciated”. He added “The board welcomes Simon Goodson as CEO, strengthening the platform and preparing the business for further international expansion and growth. Simon Goodson has a wealth of experience gained through a career spanning the Royal Navy, asset-backed finance, engine leasing and latterly Rolls Royce PLC where he served in various roles, most recently as Senior Vice President - Customer Business, Civil Aerospace, heading up global sales for civil engines and services”.

The full press release is available to read here: https://bit.ly/3DxmpMQ

Commenting on the new appointment, Bob James, Non-Executive Director said: “I am very pleased to welcome Simon as the new CEO of AerFin. Over the last decade, AerFin has been on an impressive growth trajectory and as the COVID-19 recovery begins, I believe it is now the right time to build on AerFin’s heritage and advance the next phase of growth. Simon brings a wealth of experience which will be fundamental to achieving the company’s ambitious growth plans, I look forward to working with him and our highly experienced Board of Directors in taking the business to the next level”.

With a long and established career within the aviation industry, Simon is a recognised industry leader and well-rounded aviation executive, who most recently undertook the role of Senior Vice President - Customer Business, Civil Aerospace at Rolls Royce PLC. Commenting on his new appointment, Simon said: “I am delighted to accept the role of CEO and join a company with such a well-established reputation for service and quality. I’m looking forward to working with AerFin’s shareholders, board of directors and its employees in developing and executing the global strategic direction of the company”.