Aircraft finance group Global Jet Capital recently appointed Andrew Farrant as chief marketing officer. He comes to the U.S.-based group with more than 25 years of experience working in the business, commercial and military aviation markets, most recently having served as vice president of marketing, strategy and communications for Sequa Corporation and Chromalloy.
Farrant will be responsible for leading Global Jet Capital’s global marketing and communications efforts. He previously had direct experience in business aviation marketing work, having been involved in the corporate rebranding of Landmark Aviation, and the brand development of Standard Aero. He also held marketing leadership positions with Bombardier Aerospace for 15 years.
“I’m very excited to be joining a company that is relatively new, but one that is enjoying strong growth and, in a short space of time, has established itself as a key player in the business aviation finance market,” Farrant commented. “Global Jet Capital has a firm footing in the U.S. market and has been expanding into other regions around the world, which has significant implications for the brand and how it communicates.”
Launched in 2014, Global Jet Capital is capitalized by global investment firms GSO Capital Partners, the Carlyle Group and AE Industrial Partners. The company purchased GE’s corporate aircraft lease and loan book for North and South America in January 2016. According to Global Jet Capital, its current management team and executive committee is made up of individuals from maintenance and service providers, financial institutions and business jet manufacturers who have collectively completed a total of 3,500 aircraft transactions.
“Part of our strategy has been to build one of the most experienced teams in the business aviation sector, and we are delighted Andrew has joined us,” said CEO Shawn Vick. “We are a fast growing business, and as we expand into new geographical markets and launch new services, we are looking forward to leveraging Andrew’s expertise.”
The Global Jet Capital sales team for Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East is led by Robert Gates. He is supported by Matthias Müller, based in Switzerland, and Graeme Shanks, who specializes in Northern and Eastern Europe, as well as sub-Saharan Africa.