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George Casey has more than 27 years of senior leadership and management experience in airport acquisitions, development, capital planning, finance, operations, commercial management and privatizations in almost every region of the world. He has participated in the analysis, assessment and review of more than 160 airports and $5 billion-plus of airport financings in support of capital projects and acquisitions. Mr. Casey joined Vantage Airport Group (“Vantage”) in 2001 as vice president of business development and in 2003 he also assumed responsibility for the operations group. Since becoming president and CEO of Vantage, he has been responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the company.
Stewart Wingate is Gatwick's Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Previously he held different roles within BAA, first as Customer Services Director of Glasgow Airport, then as CEO of Budapest Airport and most recently as Managing Director of Stansted Airport. Prior to that he worked for Black & Decker. Stewart is a Chartered Engineer and Fellows of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has a Master’s in Business Administration with distinction and a first-class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering.
Jason Zibarras is a managing director and the Global Chief Investment Officer for J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Infrastructure Investments Group. A member of J.P. Morgan Asset Management since 2007, based in New York Jason is responsible for the Infrastructure Investments Group's global investment and asset management activities, including a portfolio of 10 investments, and new acquisitions. Jason is a member of the Investment Committee and Chairs the group’s Operating Committee.
Mr. Charbonneau is a Senior Director at PSP Investments (Montreal, Quebec) in its Infrastructure Investments group. Mr. Charbonneau joined the Infrastructure Investments group at PSP Investments in May 2006. He is responsible for identifying and executing transactions across various infrastructure sector and geographies as well as monitoring portfolio investments. Before joining PSP Investments, Mr. Charbonneau worked for a private investment fund and prior to that, he was part of the Infrastructure and PPP advisory team at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Montreal, Quebec).
Mr. R K Jain has experience at senior level in Infrastructure sector for more than 28 years. At present, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd., operating and developing CSI Airport, Mumbai. He has been associated with CSIA for last seven years. Mr. R K Jain is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and also fellow member of various other professional institutes in India and abroad.
In September 2008, Thomas Weyer started as the new COO of Munich Airport. Since then, he has been in charge of the traffic and engineering divisions of the growing European hub. After a reorganization of the board Thomas Weyer became Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in January 2011.
Michael is a founding partner of Global Infrastructure Partners. He led GIP’s acquisition of London City Airport in 2006, London Gatwick Airport in 2009 and Edinburgh Airport in 2012. He was previously Head of Credit Suisse’s Global Transportation and Logistics group from 1997 to 2006 and prior to that was Head of Transport Investment Banking at BZW from 1990. He has been the lead advisor on the privatisations of over 25 airports or airport groups.
Patrick Heck is the Deputy Manager of Aviation for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer for Denver International Airport. In this role, Mr. Heck has responsibility for all financial activities, including long-term strategic business planning, accounting, internal audit, and strategic sourcing. Previously, Mr. Heck was the Deputy Manager for Revenue Development and Strategic Advisor for the airport. Mr. Heck has previously held a variety of positions with United Airlines in finance, operations and marketing and sales.
Mrs Torborg Chetkovich has over 20 years of experience from leading positions within the transport sector. She began her career at Swedish State Railways between 1991 – 1999, before moving on to Veolia, Sweden´s largest passenger transportation company, as Transport Director. During the following two years she served as Deputy CEO at Veolia Transport Sweden before she took position as Managing Director for MTR Scandinavia. Since 2010 Mrs. Chetkovich is Group CEO at Swedavia, operating eleven airports across Sweden.
Andrea Pal is Deputy General Director of Northern Capital Gateway, the company operating Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was formerly COO of Dorsch Holding and Managing Director of Dorsch Gruppe, one of the largest German independent engineering consultant. Ms. Pal has acquired extensive experience in the infrastructure development as the Senior Vice President of Global Investments and Management division of Fraport AG, where she was in charge of managing a portfolio of more than twenty companies.
Macky Tall is responsible for developing and managing the infrastructure investment portfolio for ports, airports, tollroads, pipelines and water distribution systems, among other sectors. He also oversees investments in PPPs and their U.K. counterparts, PFIs. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Private Equity group at the Caisse and also chairs the Management Committee of the Infrastructure group. With over 20 years’ experience in infrastructure finance, development and investment, Mr. Tall has held several senior management positions for companies in the Finance and Energy sectors.
Vince Granato was named the Port of Portland’s Chief Operating Officer in February of 2012. In this role he is responsible for all operating functions for the Port, including Portland International Airport, two General Aviation airports, and all of the Port’s marine terminals.
Vince has 25 years of experience with the Port of Portland in various managerial and financial capacities, most recently serving as the Port’s Chief Financial Officer.
Holger Linkweiler is Managing Director of HOCHTIEF AirPort and HOCHTIEF AirPort Capital. Furthermore, he is Chairman of the Administrative Council of Tirana International Airport and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Athens International Airport. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Budapest Airport and Sydney Airport Corporation as well as a member of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Düsseldorf and Flughafen Hamburg. Within HOCHTIEF AirPort he oversees Aviation, Commercial and Property Activities, Communications, Technical Services and Technology.
Chris Wrenn, Managing Director, is co-head of the Infrastructure Debt Group, within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). He is responsible for establishing the platform, originating investment opportunities, leading the investment process, establishing industry partnerships, and maintaining relationships with key sponsors. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2012, Mr. Wrenn worked at Blackstone/GSO (following its acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital) where he was part of the Infrastructure Debt team. Between 1996 and 2009, Mr. Wrenn was a Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Financial Security Assurance.
serving as the Port’s Chief Financial Officer.
Ray has been Group Chief Financial Officer with Dublin Airport Authority for 14 years, with responsibility for Finance, Shared Services, Group Information Technology and DAA’s international airport investment interests. Ray is also a director of Aer Rianta International, the Group’s international retailing and airport investment company, DAA Finance plc, the Group’s listed financing vehicle, and a number of other DAA subsidiaries and associates.
Matthias Reicherter is Head of Infrastructure Investments at Golding Capital Partners since October 2011. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of the evaluation and selection of infrastructure fund managers, implementation of coinvestment strategies and the management of infrastructure asset portfolios. Prior to his current role he was a Director within Barclays Infrastructure Funds and DEPFA Bank plc. Matthias Reicherter has experience in projects across a range of infrastructure sectors including transport and social infrastructure as well as in the energy sector.
Mr. Michael Eggenschwiler serves as Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Hamburg GmbH and has been its Chairman and Member of Executive Board since March 1, 2005. Mr. Eggenschwiler serves as a Member of ACI Europe Board, is a Plenum of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, sits of the Advisory Boards of HDI Gerling and Nord LB and has been Presdient of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dt. Verkehrsflughäfen (2007-10) and Honorary Consul Switzerland for Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein.
Faizal Mansor joined MAHB in 2006. He has had extensive experience in treasury, corporate and investment banking initially with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and subsequently with the AmInvestment Group. He had also worked in Australia as a Corporate Accountant in a manufacturing company being involved in its corporate restructuring and process improvements. Prior to joining MAHB, he was a CFO of a public-listed construction and wastewater management company. He is primarily responsible for the financial restructuring of MAHB which was successfully completed in 2009.
Robert Sinclair joined Bristol Airport as CEO in 2008, bringing a broad range of airport management and general business experience with him to the role. Since joining Bristol, Robert has worked with his senior management team to lead the business through the recession in the UK, achieving passenger growth, delivering improved airport facilities and services and securing the planning application to significantly expand the airport. Prior to his role at Bristol Airport, Robert was CFO at Auckland Airport.
Maxime is an Investment Director at EISER Infrastructure Partners, an independent London based infrastructure fund with about EUR1.1bln of assets under management. Prior to joining EISER in 2006, Maxime was working in the M&A department of Dutch bank ABN AMRO. Maxime has extensive experience in the origination and execution of private equity transactions in the infrastructure space, with a specific focus on transportation. Since 2008, he is also a member of the board of directors of Belfast City Airport.
Mr. Sidharath Kapur is the Chief Financial Officer of Airports Sector of the GMR Group since May 2009. The GMR group operates 3 airports viz Delhi, Hyderabad and Male airports and has significant shareholder interest in the Istanbul Sabiha Gocken airport. Mr Sidharath Kapur has extensive experience of over 24 years of financial management in financial services and corporate finance with various sectors including financial services, oil and gas and infrastructure.
Robert Deillon has over 30 years of expertise in the hotel and travel industry and has held several executive functions within the Swissair Group, at Gate Gourmet, in Switzerland and abroad. He is currently CEO of Genève Aéroport. Thanks to his dynamism, Geneva Airport has received several awards within IATA “Eagle Award" 2009 for the most improved airport and also the “European workplace mobility plan award”. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the Air Transport Research Society named it as the most efficient airport in the category of airports handling under 15 million passengers a year.
Mark Chladek is a Director in Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment team of M&G Investments. Mark has over 15 years of experience across finance, financial markets and derivatives, infrastructure, project finance, M&A and investment gained in advisory, banking and investment management roles. Mark is focussed on the origination and execution of new investments for Infracapital and is a member of the Infracapital investment committee, in addition he is a member of the M&G Innisfree PPP Fund ("IMPPP") Investment and Steering committees.
Mr Kari Savolainen is the CEO of Finavia Corporation since January 2012. Prior to his appointment at Finavia he worked as the CEO of Steveco Oy, the leading port operator in Finland, for over 6 years. He has a strong background in logistics and IT with four years as SVP of Logistics Services at Itella (Finnish Post Corporation), six years at Finnlines Oyj as SVP of Business Development and IT, and over 11 years of experience in various IT-related tasks at Kymmene Oy.
Hamish joined Hermes GPE in January 2012 and is responsible for the sourcing, analysis and due diligence of investments. His previous roles include Senior Advisor to Global Infrastructure Partners, Associate Director of Macquarie Group and Investment Manager of Hastings Funds Management. Hamish has held numerous board positions including Copenhagen, Birmingham and Perth Airports. Hamish started his career with Ernst & Young, is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Financial Planning.
Mr Klaushofer took over the reins of Malta Airport on 1st January 2012. Before his appointment, he spent three years at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, first as Divisional Director for Marketing, Sales & Business Development and subsequently as Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to that, he spent over seven years at Vienna International Airport, first as Head of Marketing & Sales (including Cargo) and later took over the added role of Business Development.
Neil joined 3i in 2005 as a partner in its Infrastructure team. Since then he has taken a leading role in deals including Eversholt Rail and Anglian Water as well as the IPO of 3i Infrastructure Limited. Neil has over 20 years experience in infrastructure market sectors including regulated utilities, airports, toll roads, rail, power and public private partnerships.
Philippe Bernand started his carrier in 1983 in the building industry holding different positions at GTM/VINCI. In 1995, he joined the concessions department of GTM/VINCI and in set up the Airport division in 1997. He partnered with CPH to win the privatization bid of the South East airports in Mexico and with Aéroports de Paris to win the Beijing privatisation bid. In 2001, he joined the Environment branch of Suez, becoming CEO of Fairtec-SITA. In 2007, he became the CEO of the newly created company Aéroports de Lyon.
Prior to his current role, Dr Ofner held a number of management board member roles, most notably at UTA Telekom AG between 2004 and 2005 & Burgenland Holding until 2011 when he joined Flughafen Wien. In addition to his responsibilities as CFO, he is also a member of the airport’s management board.
Michael Garvens was born in 1958 in Hamburg. Since February 2002 the business economist leads the company. He started his professional career in the parental business as Controller and Assistant to the Management. Subsequently he worked for Hapag-Lloyd in Hannover as Controller. Before obtaining the position as CEO of GlobeGround Berlin he has been associated with the Lufthansa Group in different positions for over 10 years. Amongst others, he was employed by Lufthansa Airport and Ground Services as CEO in Friedrichshafen and Leipzig.