John is CEO of GE Aviation. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation and executive vice president of Embraer S.A.
John joined Embraer in 2011 as vice president, responsible for customer finance, asset and risk management. The following year John was appointed SVP and chief commercial officer, taking on broader executive responsibilities incorporating worldwide sales of commercial aircraft and services.
Prior to joining Embraer, John spent fifteen years in executive roles at various leading commercial aerospace advisory, leasing, and banking organizations. Of note, in 2001, John was a co-founder of RBS Aviation Capital (now SMBC Aviation Capital; at the time the world ́s third largest lessor) and the firm’s managing director in New York, responsible for leading the bank’s commercial aircraft leasing and asset-backed lending to airline customers across the Americas.
John is a Fellow at The Royal Aeronautical Society, President Emeritus of The Wings Club and director emeritus of ORBIS International.
An AMP graduate of Harvard Business School, John was awarded an MBA from the University of Limerick and remains active at UL as an adjunct professor. John is a published author in the International Journal of Aviation Management with a 2017 paper entitled Strategy and Competitive Rivalry in the OEM Single Aisle Market.
A native of Ireland, John lives with his wife and family in Sao Paulo, Brazil.