LCI strengthens team

Esteban TripodiLease Corporation
International (LCI) has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment
of Esteban Tripodi as executive vice president, Americas.

Tripodi will be based in the
company’s New York
office. Working across the marketing and capital markets divisions for both
helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, his primary focus will be on the Americas

Prior to joining LCI,
Tripodi was a senior vice president with Aircastle Advisor where he was
responsible for the capital markets function, and subsequently marketing and
origination. Whilst with the company, he oversaw a wide range of structured
financing initiatives, transactions, investments and securitizations.

Mike Platt, LCI’s chief
executive officer said “Esteban has built a well-earned reputation in the
industry as a highly effective and experienced aircraft leasing professional;
he will be a great asset to LCI and our clients.”

Tripodi started his career
in aircraft finance at Pegasus Aviation as structured finance director and
subsequently became vice president (Asset Backed Securities) at Guggenheim
Capital Markets where he originated and structured the company’s first aircraft
ABS repack security. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School
and an industrial engineering degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos

Esteban Tripodi said “LCI’s
proven track record and dynamic approach make it a compelling company to be a
part of. With its recent move into the helicopter sector, this is an exciting
time to be joining this innovative lessor.”

At the same time, LCI also
announces the promotion of Nigel Leishman to executive vice president, Asia
Pacific. Leishman’s role has been expanded to cover both the fixed wing and
helicopter leasing sectors. He joined LCI as a vice president in 2008 at the
opening of its Singapore
operation, and has led it ever since with responsibility for LCI’s business
development throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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