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Our Team

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Joe McConnell

Partner, Deputy Co-chief Investment Officer
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Ronan Kelleher

Chief Financial Officer, Aviation
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Robert Murphy

Head of Aviation Risk Management
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Annemarie Fleming

Chief Accounting Officer, Aviation Finance
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Drew Ayotte

Director, Aviation
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Nick Ryan

Director, Aviation
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Joe McConnell

Joe McConnell

Partner, Deputy Co-chief Investment Officer

Mr. McConnell joined the firm in 2007 and is deputy co-chief investment officer. In this role, Mr. McConnell is responsible for guiding and executing the firm’s global investment strategy across asset classes, overseeing the firm’s Value and Aviation fund portfolios, and supporting the growth and development of its investment teams. He is also a voting member of the firm’s Investment Review Committee and is a Director of Castlelake Aviation Ltd. and Castlelake’s aircraft securitizations. Mr. McConnell became a partner of the firm in 2017 and has previously served in portfolio management and investment roles, including co-head of the firm’s Aviation and Real Assets businesses. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. McConnell worked in Piper Jaffray’s investment banking division. Mr. McConnell received his B.S.B. in finance and accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, summa cum laude.

Ronan Kelleher

Chief Financial Officer, Aviation

Mr. Kelleher joined Castlelake in 2022 and is part of the Aviation team, primarily focused on managing the Aviation Finance and Treasury teams. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Kelleher was a Chief Financial Officer with AMCK Aviation and was heavily involved in the sale of its $4.3 billion portfolio of 130 aircraft to Carlyle Aviation Partners. Prior to his time at AMCK Aviation, Mr. Kelleher was Chief Financial Officer of Sky Aviation Leasing International, where he was part of the management team that built the $3 billion portfolio of 51 aircraft that was sold to Goshawk in September 2018. Mr. Kelleher began his aviation finance career at KPMG Dublin as a Director in Aviation Finance & Leasing, working in audit and transaction services. Mr. Kelleher received his degree in international commerce with Italian from University College Dublin, with honors. Mr. Kelleher is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Robert Murphy

Head of Aviation Risk Management

Mr. Murphy joined Castlelake in 2020 as Head of Aviation Risk Management. Mr. Murphy is also a member of Castlelake’s Investment Review Committee. Prior to Castlelake, Mr. Murphy was with Goshawk as Head of Business Analysis. Before joining Goshawk, Mr. Murphy worked for Investec where he led the bank’s pan-European airlines and aviation equity research. Before that, he held positions with Aer Lingus and Cowen and Company. Mr. Murphy is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a M.Sc. in finance and capital markets from Dublin City University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College Dublin.

Annemarie Fleming

Chief Accounting Officer, Aviation Finance

Ms. Fleming joined Castlelake in 2019 and is part of the Aviation Finance team, focused on working closely with senior management and both internal and external stakeholders for the development of robust financial controls and reporting systems to support business growth. She will be responsible for oversight of accounting and controls, aviation servicing operations and analysis, revenue and lessee management, administrative systems and risk management. Prior to joining Castlelake, Ms. Fleming was with Elix Aviation Capital where she focused on various finance and accounting roles, most recently serving as finance director. Prior to that, Ms. Fleming worked for Macquarie Aviation Capital as senior finance manager. Ms. Fleming received her B.A. from Waterford Institute of Technology in financial services. Ms. Fleming is a Chartered Certified Accountant (active).

Drew Ayotte

Director, Aviation

Mr. Ayotte joined Castlelake in 2015 as part of the Aviation Underwriting team, focused on aviation investment opportunities. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Ayotte was with Piper Jaffray’s consumer investment banking group, where he focused on consumer retail mergers and acquisitions and equity offerings. Mr. Ayotte received his B.S. from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College in finance and marketing, magna cum laude.

Nick Ryan

Director, Aviation

Mr. Ryan joined Castlelake in 2015 and is part of the Aviation Underwriting team, focused on aviation investment opportunities. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Ryan was with Craig-Hallum Capital Group's investment banking group where he focused on M&A transactions. Mr. Ryan started at Wells Fargo's corporate banking group as a financial analyst where he focused on investment grade credit opportunities for financial institutions. Mr. Ryan received his B.S. with distinction from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management in finance and accounting.

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