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Willis Lease Finance Corp (WLFC.O)

WLFC.O on Consolidated Issue listed on NASDAQ Global Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Charles Willis

67 2011 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Brian Hole

38 2016 President

Scott Flaherty

48 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Ernest Furtado

60 2016 Interim Chief Financial Officer

Dean Poulakidas

47 2013 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Anthony Spaulding

48 Senior Vice President of Technical Services

Robert Keady

65 2015 Director

Austin Willis

35 2008 Director

Hans Hunziker

66 2006 Independent Director

Robert Morris

67 2006 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Charles Willis

Mr. Charles F. Willis, IV serves as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Willis Lease Finance Corp. He is the founder of Willis Lease, has served as Chief Executive Officer and a Director since our incorporation in 1985, served as President until July 2011 (when Donald A. Nunemaker was promoted to that position), and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1996. Mr. Willis has over 45 years of experience in the aviation industry. From 1975 to 1985, Mr. Willis served as President of Willis Lease’s predecessor, Charles F. Willis Company, which purchased, financed and sold a variety of large commercial transport aircraft and provided consulting services to the aviation industry. During 1974, Mr. Willis operated a small business not involved in the aviation industry. From 1972 through 1973, Mr. Willis was Assistant Vice President of Sales at Seaboard World Airlines, a freight carrier. From 1965 through 1972, he held various positions at Alaska Airlines, including positions in the flight operations, sales and marketing departments. As our founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Willis brings to the Board significant senior leadership, sales and marketing, industry, technical and global experience, and a deep institutional knowledge of the Company, its operations and customer relations.

Brian Hole

Mr. Brian R. Hole has been President of the Company., effective April 1, 2016. Prior to his appointment as President, he served as Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer. Formerly, Mr. Hole was Owner and President of Aviation Opportunity Management LLC, where he advised bank, private equity and alternative investment funds regarding investment in large commerical aircraft and engines. Prior to starting his own business, from 2008 to 2012, Mr. Hole served as an attorney for United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney Division, where he worked with the Commerical Engines Group in assisting with the next generation product family of engines, and specifically, on the partnership for the PW1100G engine on the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft and at IAE International Aero Engines, where he structured and negotiated engine sales and aftermarket programs as well as spare engine and aircraft financings. Mr. Hole earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree, with high honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Scott Flaherty

Mr. Scott B. Flaherty has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company, effective beginning June 6, 2016. Prior to joining Willis Lease, Scott held the position of Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Colt Defense LLC, where he was employed from May 2009 to March 2016. Prior to joining Colt Defense LLC, Mr. Flaherty was a Managing Director at Banc of America Securities LLC where he ran the origination effort, within the equity capital markets group, for various industries. Prior to joining Banc of America Securities in 2001, Mr. Flaherty was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston. He worked as an engineer at the Pratt and Whitney division of the United Technologies Corporation from 1987 to 1995. Mr. Flaherty received a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Ernest Furtado

Mr. Ernest J. Furtado serves as interim Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective February 2016 . Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Furtado was with Textainer Group Holdings Limited, the world's largest lessor of intermodal shipping containers (NYSE:TGH), from 1991 through 2015, where he held positions including Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Secretary. Prior to joining Textainer, Mr. Furtado was Controller for Itel Container. Mr. Furtado was also a Manager of Internal Audit for Wells Fargo Bank and worked as a Certified Public Accountant at John F. Forbes & Co. Mr. Furtado is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. in information systems from Golden Gate University.

Dean Poulakidas

Mr. Dean Poulakidas serves as a Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of WILLIS LEASE FINANCE CORPORATION, effective March 31, 2013. Prior to his appointment as General Counsel, he served as Senior Counsel until March 31, 2013. Formerly, Mr. Poulakidas was Vice President and Corporate Counsel with International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), where he managed a wide variety of aviation transactions working with airlines, manufacturers, purchasers, financiers, service providers and aviation authorities in many jurisdictions. Prior to ILFC, he was a corporate attorney at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, where his transactional experience included international and domestic joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Poulakidas earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, his masters degree from Columbia University and his law degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law.

Anthony Spaulding

Mr. Anthony R. Spaulding serves as Senior Vice President, Technical Services of the Company.He has been with us since 2012. Immediately prior to joining us, he was with Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines where he spent seven years in various roles of increasing responsibility within Pratt & Whitney and the International Aero Engine Consortium. Mr. Spaulding also worked for Continental Airlines where he managed all the outsourced engine maintenance for the airline’s fleet of over 350 aircraft. Mr. Spaulding began his 30-year aviation career by serving as an Airframe and Powerplant Technician in the United States Navy. Mr. Spaulding earned his undergraduate degree in Aeronautics and his Masters in Business Administration/Aviation from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. He holds a FAA Airframe and Powerplant License as well as his FAA Private Pilot License.

Robert Keady

Mr. Robert J. Keady serves as the Director of the company since February 2015. Mr. Keady founded and currently serves as the President of Eastern Aviation Consulting Group, LLC, a company that provides consulting services for several aerospace and aviation firms. Prior to Eastern Aviation Consulting Group, LLC, Mr. Keady spent 33 years at Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines, where he served as Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, as well as other numerous senior management positions. Mr. Keady is currently a Senior Advisor to Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and a member of the Board of Advisors of ASE Holdings, an industry leader in engine test cells, wind tunnels and aero labs. Mr. Keady received his BA in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Management from Purdue University.

Austin Willis

Mr. Austin C. Willis serves as a Director of Willis Lease Finance Corporation, since December 2008. Mr. Willis is the founder of J.T. Power LLC, a privately held company engaged in the business of selling commercial jet turbine engine parts and leasing commercial aircraft. He served as J.T. Power's president from its founding in 2004 until 2012 when day-to-day management as president of J.T. Power was transitioned to another individual with Mr. Willis continuing as Chief Executive Officer. This transition was implemented to facilitate Mr. Willis' enlistment in the U.S. armed forces in 2012. He has completed his basic training and is undergoing the selection process to determine his duties in the immediate future. The Board is fully supportive of Mr. Willis' decision to enter into military service and his efforts to continue fulfilling his duties as a member of the Board while undergoing his military training. In addition to his duties with J.T. Power and the U.S. armed forces, since 2006 Mr. Willis has also owned and served as Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Management LLC, an aviation consulting firm. Mr. Willis holds a bachelor's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science where he studied finance and industrial relations.

Hans Hunziker

Mr. Hans Joerg Hunziker serves as an Independent Director of Willis Lease Finance Corp since 2006. He previously served as one of our Directors from November 2000 until July 1, 2003. He was elected a Class II Director at the 2006 Annual Meeting. Since 2002, Mr. Hunziker has been the owner and CEO of HLF Aviation GmbH (formerly known as Hunziker Lease & Finance), a company he founded in Switzerland which offers independent business consulting services to the aviation industry. From 1998 to 2002, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Flightlease AG Ltd., a public company involved in aircraft leasing as a subsidiary of SAirGroup whose headquarters are in Zurich, Switzerland. From 1998 to 2001, he was also co-CEO of GATX Flightlease Management GmbH, an asset management and commercial aircraft leasing company. From 1996 to 1998, he was the Chief Financial Officer of SAirServices Ltd., a group of companies including aircraft maintenance and overhaul, ground handling services, information technology and real estate, and Managing Director of SAirServices Invest Ltd. From 1991 to 1996, he was Chief Financial Officer of Swissair Associated Companies Ltd., a group of 150 companies, primarily in the hotel, catering (Gate Gourmet) and trading business. Mr. Hunziker holds a master's degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Zurich. He also received the equivalent of a doctoral degree from the University of Zurich, after successful completion of his thesis on Strategic Planning in the Airline Industry. In addition to previously serving as a director of Willis Lease, he was Chairman of the Board of Flightlease Holdings (Guernsey) Limited (and a director of several of its subsidiaries in Guernsey and Bermuda), as well as Chairman of the Board of Flightlease (Netherlands) B.V., SRTechnics Group AG, SRTechnics Switzerland AG, Swisscargo AG and SAirServices Invest AG.

Robert Morris

Mr. Robert T. Morris serves as an Independent Director of Willis Lease Finance Corporation. He is currently President of Robert Morris & Company, a company he founded in 1992. He joined Union Bank of California Leasing in 2004 to establish an innovative equipment leasing group, and served as its President through March 2007. Prior to joining Union Bank of California Leasing, he was a consultant to more than 25 commercial banks for their equipment leasing operations over a 12 year period. He has also worked for Bank of San Francisco, Bank of Montreal and GATX Leasing Corporation. Mr. Morris holds a master's degree from the American Graduate School of International Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Denver with majors in Economics, Political Science and History.

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