David Swan

Chief Operations & Sustainability Officer, SMBC Aviation Capital

David was appointed to the role of Chief Operations & Sustainability Officer at SMBC Aviation Capital, the world’s second largest aircraft leasing company, in January 2023. In this role, he oversees the company’s Strategy,  Innovation, Government and Corporate Affairs,  Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), Corporate Communications, Property and Business Support functions.

David has worked with SMBC Aviation Capital since 2002 and has been an Executive Director since 2007. He most recently held the role of Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for leading the company’s leasing and trading operating platform along with risk and asset management across the business.

David has over 30 years of  aircraft finance and leasing experience, 5 years of which was based in Hong Kong leading the APAC region for KBC Bank N.V.

David has also served on a number of industry, government and charity boards and advisory committees (including ISTAT, Aircraft Leasing Ireland, Financial Services Industry Advisory Committee to the Irish Government and the SOAR Foundation) as well as the Supervisory Board of SMBC Aero Engine Lease.

David studied International Business & Economics at Trinity College Dublin and has completed a number of Advanced Management Programs at Harvard and London Business Schools.

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