Steve Williams – Chairman
- Steve is a senior international aviation professional with over 40 years of experience and an established profile at board levels at highly acclaimed companies, including Vaayu Aviation, AJ Walter Aviation, AeroTurbine, Smiths Aerospace, Honeywell, Ireland, GE Aircraft Engine Services and British Airways. He joined the Vaayu Group from AJ Walter Aviation after building its engine business. With his extensive experience in the engine overhaul arena he has brought a hands-on approach to finding solutions for a range of issues, both technical and commercial. Steve started his commercial career as a sales director for GE Aircraft Engines, managing all of the component repair business for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He enjoys developing new commercial structures, creating strategic business plans to grow businesses and improving customer satisfaction levels through improved performance. He has proven team leadership skills having led multiple commercial and operational teams at the companies listed above.
Vijay Arumbakkam – CEO
- Vijay Arumbakkam completed the Advanced Management Programme at the Wharton Business School in the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded an MBA from Bond University, Australia and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Government College of Technology, India. As an experienced professional, Vijay has had a successful career history and held Deputy CEO, RAKIA position with Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority. Vijay was also Partner, UAE at KPMG and Director at KPMG and Ernst & Young (Singapore). With over twenty five years of experience working with key national and international companies across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and South Asia, Vijay has built up exceptional working relationships with investment and commercial banks, multi-lateral financial institutions and key senior decision makers across a wide spectrum of industries with particular focus on Sovereign Wealth Funds and the transportation sector.
Bruce Allison – VP Sales
- Bruce has over 25 years experience and a successful career in the aircraft and engine trading environment. A highly experienced negotiator of engine management and leasing contracts, he has most recently established a highly successful engine division and built a recognised engine brand from nothing to a major player in today’s engine parts supply sector. Bruce managed the key supplier relationships to obtain the approvals for the selling of material at several major MROs, purchasing of equipment/engines for teardown and establishing repair contracts to repair the parts. In addition, he led a highly respected global sales team using elements of key account planning and management processes. He managed the key functional tasks of aircraft valuations, sourcing, and business development. He has excellent customer service and interpersonal relationship skills.
Steve Hollinshead – CFO
- Steve brings more than 17 years’ experience as CFO/Finance Director of businesses operating in the Aviation, Marine, Utilities, Construction and Clean Technology sectors. He has played leading roles in several start-up, M&A and public offering transactions and has considerable experience of long-term asset investment appraisal and capital deployment. Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and is responsible for VAAYU Group’s financial reporting and control function. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, U.K.