James Uniacke has joined the The International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) as head of asset management, a newly created position to lead and further develop its growing managed portfolio of aircraft.

Uniacke joins IBA after 23 years experience gained in a variety of aircraft asset management and remarketing roles at Focus Aviation, most recently holding the position of head of asset management. He was responsible for successfully completing a number of difficult and complex asset management projects at Focus Aviation. His experience included setting up and leading the asset management team which executed the highly successful long-term work-out of the $600m Central Air Leasing portfolio of 15 Boeing MD11 aircraft, on behalf of a syndicate of leading banks, following the demise of Swissair. Other portfolio management projects included aircraft ranging from ATR42s to Boeing 747-400s on behalf of financial institutions, on lease to operators in Africa, South America and the Far East, as well as the USA and Europe.

Uniacke began his aviation career with BAe Systems as sales contracts manager, followed by eight years with Short Brothers as regional sales manager.

IBA President and COO, Phil Seymour, comments "We are very pleased to have secured James' services at a time when our fleet of managed aircraft is growing and there are so many opportunities in the market for further growth."

Source: Commercial Aviation Online