About us

In July 2022, the new Chair and Vice Chair of Aircraft Leasing Ireland were announced.  Marie-Louise Kelly was formally appointed as Chair, replacing Declan Kelly who served as Chair of ALI over the past two years. Marie-Louise Kelly will serve as Chair until July 2024. 

Karl Griffin was appointed as ALI’s Vice Chair.  


For our previous Chairs click here.

Marie-Louise Kelly - ALI Chair

Chief Financial Officer, ORIX Aviation

Marie-Louise is the Chief Financial Officer of ORIX Aviation. In her role she is responsible for leading ORIX Aviation’s finance team and she holds a key position as a member of the leadership team in terms of  strategic planning and directing a number of operational functions across the organisation.

Marie-Louise joined ORIX Aviation in 2009. Prior to being appointed to her current role, she held various positions across finance, commercial, corporate planning and structuring. She was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2016, joining the Board of ORIX Aviation in 2018.  

Marie-Louise has over eighteen years’ experience in financial services. Prior to joining ORIX, she trained in KPMG Dublin’s Financial Services Tax division. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Business Studies from University College Dublin and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. Marie-Louise was appointed as Chair of industry lobby group, Aircraft Leasing Ireland in July 2022.



Karl Griffin - ALI Vice Chair

Group Chief Executive Officer, Genesis

Appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in 2019, Karl joined Genesis in 2018 with 30 years aviation industry experience, as Chief Commercial & Investment Officer.

Prior to joining Genesis, Karl was the Chief Operating Officer at AWAS, where he spent 11 years building AWAS into a $15bn global aircraft leasing business.

Karl started his aviation career in 1990 as an apprentice in the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul sector with a GPA Joint Venture company, Shannon Aerospace. In 1998, Karl became a founding member of low-cost airline Virgin Express with a fleet of 25 aircraft serving major European cities. In 2002 Karl joined the newly formed RBS Aviation Capital, where he held various technical, pricing and marketing roles and led RBS Aviation Capitals engine leasing and finance business.

Karl received a first-class honours MBA from the University of Limerick, a Dip. Mechanical Engineering from Galway Institute of Technology and an ICAO & EASA aircraft maintenance engineers licence.



Director, Aircraft Leasing Ireland

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M: +353-87-188-2951


Executive, Financial Services Ireland

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