About Castlelake

Our Team

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Aviation Underwriting, Risk & Finance

Joe McConnell

Co-Head of Aviation, Portfolio Manager & Partner
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Mat Adamo

Head of Underwriting, Aviation
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Robert Murphy

Head of Aviation Risk Management
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Ardy Ghanbar

Chief Financial Officer, Aviation
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Annemarie Fleming

Financial Controller, Aviation
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Nick Ryan

Director, Aviation
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Joe McConnell

Joe McConnell

Co-Head of Aviation, Portfolio Manager & Partner

Mr. McConnell joined the firm in 2007 and is co-head of the Aviation team. He became a partner of the firm in 2018. Mr. McConnell serves as a director on the boards of Castlelake’s aircraft securitizations, is chair of its Aviation Business Committee and is a voting member of the firm’s Investment Review Committee. Additionally, Mr. McConnell serves as portfolio manager for Castlelake’s aviation and value funds.

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.

Mat Adamo

Head of Underwriting, Aviation

Mr. Adamo joined Castlelake in 2020 and is part of the Aviation Underwriting team, focused on aviation investment opportunities. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Adamo was Chief Investment Officer of Jackson Square Aviation, an aircraft lessor based in San Francisco, where he focused on aviation investments, portfolio management and debt capital sourcing. Mr. Adamo received his M.S. in finance from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in economics and international relations from the University of Connecticut.

Robert Murphy

Head of Aviation Risk Management

Mr. Murphy joined Castlelake in 2020 and is head of the Aviation Risk Management team. Prior to joining 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.

Ardy Ghanbar

Chief Financial Officer, Aviation

Mr. Ghanbar joined Castlelake in 2016 and is a part of the Aviation Finance team, focused on investment execution and structuring, investment valuation, and internal and external reporting in the aviation business. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Ghanbar was with Air Lease Corporation (ALC), where he focused on various finance and accounting roles, most recently serving as their vice president and controller. Prior to ALC, Mr. Ghanbar was with The Ryland Group Inc. as a senior financial accountant and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as an auditor. Mr. Ghanbar co-founded and serves on the board of WellDone International, a non-profit organization utilizing technology and design to improve global access to clean water and other human health services. Mr. Ghanbar received his B.S. from the University of California at Riverside in business. Mr. Ghanbar is a CPA (active).

Annemarie Fleming

Financial Controller, Aviation

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).

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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