CDB Aviation names new CTO

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CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., announced the appointment of Brian Dowling as Chief Technical Officer. With a long-standing career spanning over four decades in the aircraft leasing and Airline Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul, Dowling is a highly regarded technical expert, who has handled a broad range of complex transactions, including aircraft transitions, and has led LOI and lease execution and has overseen relationships with global OEM and MRO organisations.

“Brian has led our technical team during this past year, exhibiting a profound understanding of our platform’s unique technical requirements,” said Patrick Hannigan, CDB Aviation’s chief executive officer. “It’s no easy task in any environment to gauge and respond to business requirements in this area. The notable results he and his team have achieved under his leadership leave no question as to Brian’s capabilities. We’re thrilled to welcome him to our leadership team.”

Brian Dowling

Dowling joined the company in 2017 as head of Transitions and Transactions. While overseeing technical support to the airline marketing and aircraft trading functions, he also led technical operations in regional offices in Ireland, Asia Pacific, and the Americas. Prior to CDB Aviation, Dowling was Senior Vice President, Technical & Asset Management, at SMBC Aviation Capital. Previously, he was Hangar Line Manager & Senior Quality Assurance Manager with Lufthansa Technic Shannon, Aer Lingus, Dan Air, and Nigeria Airways. He started his career as Avionic Licensed Engineer at Gatwick and Dublin Airports. Dowling is an FAA and EASA certified engineer. He earned his M.Sc. in Air Transportation Management from City University, London. He was a lecturer in CIT’s Aircraft Acquisition and Finance course and is currently teaching in the Master’s in Aviation program at Cranfield University.

“Leading our technical operations has offered me a superb challenge, especially in light of the aviation business’ cyclical nature and the pandemic’s astounding ramifications for the industry,” said Dowling. “I find the people aspect of my role most rewarding because my colleagues bring incredible ingenuity to every challenge. I look forward to furthering the efforts in support of leasing customers and, as importantly, the team here at CDB Aviation.”

CDB Aviation is rated Investment Grade by Moody’s (A2), S&P Global (A), and Fitch (A+). China Development Bank is under the direct jurisdiction of the State Council of China and is the world’s largest development finance institution. CDB Leasing is the only leasing arm of the China Development Bank and a leading company in China’s leasing industry that has been engaged in aircraft, infrastructure, ship, commercial vehicle and construction machinery leasing and enjoys a Chinese sovereign credit rating.

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