SKY Leasing Announces Senior Appointments in Dublin and Singapore

San Francisco, CA – August 3, 2021 – SKY Leasing (“SKY”) is pleased to announce that Catherine Kearns has joined as General Counsel, based in SKY’s Dublin, Ireland office. Catherine has more than 25 years of aircraft leasing legal experience previously holding senior legal roles at BOC Aviation, SKY Aviation Leasing International, and ORIX Aviation.

Commenting on the hire, SKY’s Chief Executive Officer, Austin Wiley said “We are delighted to welcome Catherine back to SKY and have her as a part of our leadership team. Catherine’s exceptional talent and reputation enhances our platform execution capabilities for both our airline customers and investors”.

Also joining SKY Leasing is Valerie Tay, who has been appointed Managing Director, Asia. Valerie previously held banking positions with Citibank and HSH Nordbank, before joining Transportation Partners in 2012, where, as Chief Financial Officer, she built the lessor’s finance capability.

She will report to John Duffy, Chief Commercial Officer, who added “It’s great to have Valerie on board. She will bring a unique insight to our Asian growth plans, having looked at many deals through the lens of a banker, lessor and airline over a twenty-year period”.

About SKY Leasing

SKY Leasing (“SKY”) is a premier aircraft leasing asset manager with offices in Dublin, Ireland and San Francisco, California. It was founded in 2019, in partnership with M&G Investments which acquired a stake in the business and invested $300 million of equity in its first fund. As a fullservice leasing platform, SKY leverages its experience, global network, industry insights and managerial talent to acquire and lease new and young mid-life aircraft. SKY’s corporate mission is to be a leading capital provider to airlines globally for sale and leaseback transactions. For more information about SKY Leasing, visit

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