Global Jet Capital appoints Henderson as Asian sales managing director


Global Jet Capital has strengthened its presence in the Asia-Pacific market with the appointment of David Henderson as managing director for its Asian sales operation.

The company said that between 2011 to 2015, the number of deliveries of large business jets to the Asia Pacific region had increased by 51% compared to previous five years.

Henderson, will report to Robert Gates, head of sales for EMEA and APAC and 20 years’ experience in aviation finance. Most recently he was head of GE Capital’s Asia corporate aviation business, based in Hong Kong, and aviation finance consultant for the Hong Kong-based Asian Sky Group.

The current Asia Pacific fleet is weighted more towards large jets than the global average. Overall 37% of the region’s business aircraft are mid to heavy jets, compared to 32% of the global fleet.

Henderson said: “I have worked in the region for many years and have seen the strength of business aviation grow dramatically over that time.  There remains a significant appreciation of the benefits business aircraft bring and as the market continues to mature, potential buyers are looking for advisors and financiers with a global perspective.  I am really excited to be joining the Global Jet Capital team and helping spearhead the company in the region.”

Shawn Vick, executive director of Global Jet Capital, added: “David Henderson has vast experience and we are delighted that he is joining our team in APAC – a region which is of crucial importance to the growth of business aviation globally. Leona Qi has done excellent work in leading our activity in the region and will work alongside David as we ensure that we have the right team in place to bring the highest standards of evaluation to aircraft acquisitions and financing support as the market continues to mature.”

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Global Jet Capital was launched last year.  In January it completed the purchase of GE’s corporate aircraft lease and loan book in the Americas.