Meet Jackson Square Aviation's leadership team and learn more about their decades of experience in different sectors of the aircraft sales and leasing business.
Naoki Sato serves as Managing Director of Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company Limited (MUL), a global leasing company headquartered in Tokyo, and is the global head of MUL’s aviation finance business. Mr. Sato has over 25 years of international finance experience. He developed his business career primarily in global project finance and asset finance at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
Mr. Sato led the establishment of the aircraft operating lease business for MUL in 2008, and was engaged in acquiring Jackson Square Aviation (JSA), a full-service aircraft leasing company based in San Francisco, in January 2013. He has served as Chairman of JSA since its acquisition. In November 2014, MUL also acquired Engine Lease Finance Corporation (ELF), the world’s leading independent spare engine financing and leasing company headquartered in Shannon, Ireland. Mr. Sato serves as ELF’s Board of Directors. JSA and ELF are wholly owned by MUL.
Toby Bright is President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Square Aviation (JSA). Mr. Bright was named to this position in April 2015 after serving as the Chief Marketing Officer for the company since it was founded in 2010.
Prior to joining JSA, Mr. Bright was Chief Marketing Officer for Sky Holding Company and before that Pegasus Aviation. Before joining Pegasus in 2005, he was Executive Vice President of Sales at Boeing where he was responsible for the sales of all commercial aircraft and services worldwide. During Mr. Bright’s 28 years at Boeing he held various sales, marketing and technical positions and oversaw the launch of the 787 program as the head of sales. Mr. Bright joined Boeing in 1977 upon receiving his degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech. He has a commercial pilot certificate and is an avid general aviation pilot. He is a native of Mullens, WV.
Chris Dailey, based in Dublin, has been Chief Marketing Officer of Jackson Square Aviation (JSA) since March 2016 and is responsible for JSA’s global airline leasing and origination activities. Mr. Dailey presently leads a team of nine airline marketing and marketing support professionals who are based in offices across all geographic regions. He initially joined JSA in early 2010, established a European office and spent four years developing the Company’s airline leasing business across Europe, the Middle East and India before relocating to Singapore in 2014. During his two year stint in Singapore, Mr. Dailey was tasked with raising JSA’s regional profile and lead JSA’s marketing and origination activities across the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining JSA, Mr. Dailey spent 10 years working at SH&E consulting in New York and London. His last role was as Managing Director in London where he was responsible for advisory engagements across aviation industry segments, with a focus on airline fleet planning and aircraft finance/leasing advisory. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Economics.
Paul Dwyer joined Jackson Square Aviation (JSA) as Chief Risk Officer and Executive Vice President. Mr. Dwyer has extensive experience in complex cross-border transactions and leasing company management. His background includes technical, risk, legal and IT management.
Prior to joining JSA, Mr. Dwyer served as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Risk with Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC). During his tenure at HKAC, he assumed leadership responsibilities for Technical, Legal, IT and Operating functions. Prior to HKAC, Mr. Dwyer was Head of Risk at Global Aviation Asset Management in Sydney and Senior Vice President of Credit & Research at Boullioun Aviation Services in Washington.
Kevin McDonald serves as Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice President and Head of Capital Markets for Jackson Square Aviation (JSA) based in San Francisco. He also sits on the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. McDonald oversees JSA’s initiatives for investments in new aircraft, portfolio trading, treasury, and industry research. Over the past decade, he has been involved in the purchase, financing and sale of over $14 billion in commercial aircraft and the construction of two major private-equity sponsored leasing companies. Mr. McDonald has been with JSA since inception in 2010 and was involved in all areas of the company’s formation, its rapid development and subsequent sale to Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance in 2013, and its integration and growth thereafter.
Mr. McDonald had joined Pegasus Aviation in 2002 and helped launch Pegasus Aviation Finance Company in 2004, which built a world-class fleet of over 130 aircraft before its sale to AWAS in 2007. Prior to his time at Pegasus, Mr. McDonald was an investment banker covering lessors and other financial institutions at the New York offices of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse. He has a B.A. (Economics) from Columbia University and lives in Marin County, California with his wife and three children.
Aidan Reynolds has extensive aviation experience having spent over 35 years working in wide variety of roles in engine shops, aircraft maintenance, leasing and trading companies.
Prior to joining Jackson Square Aviation Ireland (JSAI), Mr. Reynolds had worked for Macquarie Aviation Capital as Head of Technical for the previous 6 years. Before this he spent 5 years as Director of Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Pratt & Whitney. In this role he was responsible for all after market purchasing and sales of engines and engine parts within the region. Prior to this Mr. Reynolds worked for 5 years for Aviation Sales Company where he was Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa with responsibility for all sales and marketing activity.
Mr. Reynolds worked for 10 years at Monarch Aircraft Engineering where he held a number of roles within the aircraft maintenance and production department and ultimately as workshop manager. Before this he worked overhauling aircraft engines in Lufthansa Airmotive Ireland for 5 years.
Wilson Chen serves as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Jackson Square Aviation (JSA). Since the company’s inception, Mr. Chen and his team have had the responsibility of developing internal controls, producing financial statements and tax returns, and developing operational infrastructure. Mr. Chen brings with him the experiences of nearly 20 years in the aviation industry and the accreditations of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and an Accounting degree from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of California Berkeley. Previous leadership roles at Pegasus Aviation and Sky Holding Company along with his current position with JSA have given him a broad range of accounting, finance and operational expertise.
Ryan Opeka serves as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Jackson Square Aviation (JSA). Mr. Opeka is an experienced transaction and corporate attorney responsible for managing the legal department, providing legal counsel to the board and leadership team and coordinating legal support for transaction execution, corporate and compliance matters. Mr. Opeka has extensive experience negotiating and documenting aircraft leases with major airlines worldwide and with various structured financings, including secured loans, shareholder financings and PDP facilities. Prior to joining JSA, he served as Vice President and Counsel with Macquarie AirFinance in San Francisco. Mr. Opeka began his career in aviation as an attorney in the Global Transportation Finance group of the law firm Vedder Price in Chicago.