Waypoint Leasing expands management team

Six managers have joined the Irish helicopter lessor as it looks to grow its business.
Waypoint Leasing was founded in 2011.

Waypoint Leasing was founded in 2011.

Waypoint Leasing has appointed three new executives as it develops its helicopter leasing platform. Robert Van de Vuurst has joined from Era Group with Todd Wolynski and Peter Dahm joining in the next few weeks.

Van de Vuurst has joined as general counsel having previously been general counsel and chief operating officer of Era Group and president of Era Helicopters. In this role he oversaw more than $1 billion of aircraft deals. He rejoins Ed Washecka, CEO of Waypoint Leasing, who was previously CEO of Era Helicopters.

Wolynski will become vice president of legal and associate general counsel on October 15. He joins from White & Case advising borrowers, lenders and export credit agencies in helicopter and fixed-wing financing.

Dahm will also join Waypoint in early October as Strategic Accounts Executive where he will be in charge of managing relationships. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of the Helicopter Market at AVINCO, a helicopter trading company. Before that he held various roles at Eurocopter including vice president commercial and parapublic programmes.

“We are building out the Waypoint team with some of the industry’s finest professionals across critical disciplines,” says Ed Washecka, CEO of Waypoint.

Since May the lessor has added an additional three managers to its team including Dave Gorsky, Vice President of Operations and Technical; Ken Dowling, Vice President of Financial Reporting and Business Planning; and, Marc Schechter, Vice President of Risk and Analytics. Gorsky and Schechter joined from Era Group, while Dowling previously worked in the fixed-wing leasing sector at public listed companies, Genesis and Aircastle.

Waypoint is headquartered in Limerick, Ireland, and has operations in Darien, Connecticut. The company launched with a four aircraft order from AugustaWestland in March 2013 and raised $375 million in equity from an investor group consisting of MSD Capital, Soros Fund Management and Cartesian Capital Group in June.

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