About us

In July 2020, the new Chair and Vice Chair of Aircraft Leasing Ireland were announced.  Declan Kelly was formally appointed as Chair, replacing David Swan who served as the founding Chair of the body over the past two years. Declan Kelly will serve as Chair until July 2022.  Marie-Louise Kelly was appointed as ALI’s Vice Chair.  


Declan Kelly - ALI Chair

Declan Kelly brings a depth of experience and knowledge from the aircraft leasing industry to the role, spanning a 30-year period. He began his career with Aer Lingus, later joined GPA and has previously held a series of senior roles within GECAS including most recently as Chief Commercial Officer. 

Declan can be contacted through the ALI secretariat, aircraftleasingireland@ibec.ie



Marie-Louise Kelly - ALI Vice Chair

Chief Financial Officer, ORIX Aviation

Since March 2016, Marie-Louise Kelly has worked as the Chief Financial Officer of ORIX Aviation. She has guided the team through significant growth and expansion of the business over the last three years. Marie-Louise joined ORIX Aviation's finance department in April 2009 and after two years moved into a commercial/transaction based role which has included involvement in commercial acquisition projects, strategic planning, tax structuring, risk and funding. Marie-Louise was appointed to the main Board of ORIX Aviation, in November 2018. 

Prior to joining ORIX Aviation, she trained in KPMG Dublin’s Financial Services Tax division. Marie-Louise is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor.


David Swan - Founding Chair

Chief Operating Officer, SMBC Aviation Capital

David was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and joined the Board of Directors in 2007. David is responsible for leading the company's operating platform along with risk and asset management across the business. David has been active in aircraft leasing and finance for over 25 years including 5 years based in Hong Kong. David served on the Board of ISTAT from 2011 to 2017 and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the ISTAT Foundation. David was appointed to the Executive Board of Financial Services Ireland in 2017 and is a founding chair of Aircraft Leasing Ireland. He holds a degree in International Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin and has completed various Executive Management Programs at Harvard and London Business Schools. 

David Swan was replaced as ALI Chair by Declan Kelly in July 2020, and continues some specific initiatives as Founding Chair.


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