Waypoint expands senior team

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Waypoint Leasing has expanded its senior team with the appointment of four industry veterans.

The lessor named Ian Gurekian as chief risk officer to help identify, analyse and price asset and credit risk. He brings over 14 years of dedicated financial aviation experience to the company. Prior to joining Waypoint, Gurekian served Brigade Capital Management as co-head of the firm’s aviation practice where he specialised in aircraft and aviation-related investment vehicles, underwriting and managing the acquisition and disposition of over 90 commercial aircraft and over 260 commercial engines.

Dave Powell will join Waypoint to help manage all of the company’s origination, sales and business development. Previously, he completed a 25-year career at Sikorsky while holding various executive positions, including vice president of sales for the Americas. More recently, Powell worked at FlightSafety International, where he led a number of growth initiatives through the identification and development of new business opportunities around the world.

Thomas Kelly, who has over 20 years of broad financial experience across a number of industries, will join Waypoint to help manage the company’s tax position and analyse proposed tax code changes as they arise.

Shane Leonard joins the company as a technical manager with more than 30 years of helicopter and operational experience with CHC, Bond and Bristow as a licensed engineer. He will work alongside the technical team to help manage the company’s diverse fleet of aircraft.

Most recently, Leonard held senior management roles at CHC Helicopter, including various AOC Technical Postholder positions. During his time with CHC, he led the technical management of the Irish SAR helicopter fleet on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard completing a fleet upgrade to S92A helicopters in 2013.