CEO, Aircastle Limited
Michael Inglese is an accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years of success within the big-ticket commercial leasing, and industrial and consumer business industries. He has more than 20 years of senior financial leadership for start-ups and established firms. Having worked for both publicly traded entities and private equity-owned companies, he has a proud history of growing value, restructuring operations to improve EBITDA margins and Investor Relations. Michael has a proven record of creating shareholder value through executive team leadership, business operations, due diligence, strategic planning, risk management, M&A, contract negotiation, financial reporting, auditing, start-ups, team building, and managing all financial stakeholder relationships.
Michael is the Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Aircastle Limited, a major passenger aircraft leasing company, which was taken private in March 2020 by Marubeni Corporation and Mizuho Leasing. He successfully navigated Aircastle through a competitive bidding process and generated significant value for the Company’s public shareholders. From August 2006 through March 2020, Aircastle was a public company listed on the NYSE. Michael was appointed to the Chief Executive Officer position in June of 2017 after being named Acting CEO at the beginning of 2017.
He joined Aircastle as Chief Financial Officer in April 2007. Under Michael’s leadership, the Company developed key decision-making frameworks and policies for enhanced financial management and reporting to create long term shareholder value. During his tenure with Aircastle, total assets increased from $1.9 billion to $8.5 billion, while EBITDA grew six-fold from $158 million to $926 million. Michael also raised $700 million in public equity and more than $2 billion in private equity, in addition to over $13 billion in debt capital. These efforts transformed the Company’s capital structure leading to Investment Grade Ratings from all three nationally recognized ratings agencies in mid-2018.