Brendan Lodge is new CEPA chairman


Lodge will serve CEPA as chairman for 12 months

CEPA logoCEPA has announced the
appointment of Brendan Lodge as its new chairman.

He is based in the UK where he is
business development director of JetBrokers Europe. He will serve as CEPA
chairman for a 12 months.

Lodge has many years’
experience as a specialist business aviation finance broker.  Prior to
joining JetBrokers in June 2010, he served as aviation director at Kaupthing
Singer and Friedlander, development manager aviation at Hitachi Capital
Business Finance and finance development manager at Lombard’s
Aviation Unit.

“Brendan is a very popular
and talented aviation professional.  His business takes him to the CEE
region frequently and he has experienced at first hand the challenges this
region faces in obtaining aircraft finance.  In the CEE region winning
over banks and financial institutions to lending is critical as several
countries in this region are experiencing strong growth and this is an
important issue for us this year,” CEPA founder Dagmar Grossmann said.

To further bolster the association,
CEPA is also establishing an advisory board which will complement and provide
advice to its full time administrative team.  It will be composed of four
aviation professionals – one from a law firm; one from insurance; a
representative from an aircraft brokerage and a lobbyist – to help further
CEPA members interests in the CEE region.

Another important objective
for the Association this year is to work toward a closer liaison with the 35
year-old Brussels
based European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).

CEPA has also determined
that its third annual Expo, conference and exhibition event will be held in Prague on 21 -22 November