SkyWorks Announces Appointment of New Managing Director and Two Senior Advisors
SkyWorks Capital today announced the appointment of Douglas Walker to serve as Managing Director. Doug is based in the Company’s headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut. Doug will originate and execute financings for airline clients, as well as advise on fleet-related matters and corporate restructurings.
Doug has held various senior positions in the aviation industry, most recently at SMBC Aviation Capital and its predecessor, RBS Aviation Capital. While at SMBC, Doug was a senior vice president, responsible for financings with airline clients in the Americas. Prior to SMBC, Doug was at United Airlines, as a managing director and senior counsel. Doug began his career as an associate with Perkins Coie LLP, where he concentrated on corporate finance, aircraft finance, and mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on the aerospace industry.
Doug’s unique background, as a lawyer and business executive, as well as his longstanding industry relationships will be invaluable at SkyWorks in the future. As Thomas Mahr, CEO of SkyWorks Holdings noted, “Doug’s strong relationships with airlines in the Americas and other regions around the world will enable us to bring SkyWorks’ value-added solutions to new clients in rapidly growing aviation markets. His addition is timely as we continue to expand our state-of-the-art tools for commercial aircraft asset management. We have known Doug for many years and are delighted he chose to join us.”
SkyWorks also announced the appointment of two new members to its Advisory Board, Jeremy Bloomer and Marie-Pierre Dhers.
Jeremy has had numerous executive finance roles, including as a senior portfolio manager for the Airlie Opportunity Fund, a $1.1 billion credit hedge fund focused on small cap, distressed high yield bonds, as well as a founding member of GLS Inc., a specialty finance company. Jeremy was an investment banker at E.F. Hutton and began his career in 1980 at Chemical Bank.
Marie-Pierre brings more than 20 years of experience in European airline management, with a track record of executing aircraft-related transactions, driving growth and leading large transformation projects. Prior to joining the SkyWorks Advisory Board, she held various positions at UTA French Airlines, then at Air France, including VP of Corporate Finance, VP of Strategy and Development and SVP of French Airports.
The SkyWorks Companies provide a full complement of asset management, investment banking, and management consulting services globally to the aviation industry.
SkyWorks is headquartered at 283 Greenwich Ave., 4th Floor, Greenwich, CT. 06830, Tel. 203-983-6677.
SkyWorks Holdings, LLC
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