BOC Aviation is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Gao as the Chief Commercial Officer for Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Based in Singapore, he reports to Robert Martin, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Gao will oversee all senior revenue relationships within Asia Pacific and the Middle East, and have primary responsibility for airline leasing and sales in these regions. He will also develop capital market products for both airline customers and third-party investors.
"BOC Aviation is a leading global aircraft lessor, with total assets exceeding US$10 billion, and a track record of 20 years of profitability, '' said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. "To maintain our leadership and financial performance, we continue to build on a strong management team with experience across all of the core competencies in the aircraft operating leasing business."
Mr. Gao joins the senior management team of BOC Aviation comprising of Mr. Martin; Wang Genshan, Vice-Chairman; Phang Thim Fatt, Chief Financial Officer; Steven Townend, Chief Commercial Officer for Europe, Americas and Africa; and David Walton, Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Gao brings extensive experience in treasury and corporate finance, having held various senior positions in Bank of China's Head Office including Vice General Manager of Global Finance, Vice General Manager of Treasury Management, and Division Chief in Treasury and Funds. He was also General Manager of Bank of China Ltd., Hong Kong Branch.
He graduated with a postgraduate degree in International Finance from Wuhan University, and a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.
BOC Aviation is the leading Asia-based aircraft leasing company with a portfolio of 246 owned and managed aircraft operated by 58 airlines worldwide, and another 194 aircraft on firm order, as of 30 September 2014. The Company has one of the youngest fleets in the industry with an average owned aircraft age of less than four years.
BOC Aviation, owned by Bank of China, is headquartered in Singapore with offices in Dublin, London, Seattle and Tianjin.