Our Team

James Meyler

Chief Executive Officer

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James is the Chief Executive Officer of ORIX Aviation with over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry. Prior to this, he held the positions of Chief Executive Officer ORIX Aviation Hong Kong and Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Commercial Officer of ORIX Aviation. James is a Board Director of the company since 2015.

James worked with ORIX Aviation from 2002 to 2007 and was Vice President of Acquisitions, New Business and Capital Markets. James spent two years as Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Capital Markets for Aergo Capital Group before returning to ORIX Aviation in 2009. James has also held previous positions as Executive Assistant to Tony Ryan and CFO of TARA Aerospace, along with a senior management role in the aviation team at KBC Aerospace Finance.

He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in Banking and Finance from University College Dublin. James was previously elected to the Board of Directors of ISTAT for a four year term from 2015 to 2019 and currently serves as Chairman of the Wings Club Foundation European Chapter.

Marie-Louise Kelly

Chief Financial Officer

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Marie-Louise is the Chief Financial Officer of ORIX Aviation, a position she has held since March 2016. She is a Board Director of the company since 2018.

Marie-Louise joined ORIX Aviation in 2009. Prior to being appointed to her current role, she held various roles across finance, commercial, corporate planning and structuring.

Marie-Louise has over thirteen years’ experience in financial services. Prior to joining ORIX, she trained in KPMG Dublin’s Financial Services Tax division.

She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Business Studies from University College Dublin. Marie-Louise is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. She has also been appointed as Vice Chair of industry lobby group, Aircraft Leasing Ireland.

Kiyoshi Fushitani

Board Director

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Kiyoshi Fushitani became a member of ORIX Aviation’s Board in 2015. He also serves as Senior Managing Executive Officer of ORIX and is of Head of East Asia Business Headquarters and Head of Global Transportation Services Headquarters. Kiyoshi Fushitani has served as a director of Avolon since November 2018.

Mr. Fushitani joined Orient Leasing Co., Ltd. (currently ORIX Corporation) in 1975, and has held various roles within the ORIX Group, including Deputy President of ORIX USA Corporation (currently ORIX Corporation USA), Member of the Board of Directors and Managing Executive Officer of ORIX Life Insurance Corporation, Head of Global Business Headquarters, President and Chairman of ORIX Investment Corporation up to the present post. Prior to joining ORIX, Mr. Fushitani spent two years working for The Sumitomo Bank, Limited (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation).

Mr. Fushitani holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Kobe University.

Kei Kitagawa

Board Director

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Kei Kitagawa became a member of ORIX Aviation’s Board in 2015. He also serves as Deputy Head of Global Transportation Services Headquarters and Head of Aviation and Investment Group for ORIX Corporation, the sole shareholder of ORIX Aviation. Kei Kitagawa has served as a director of Avolon since April 2020.

Kei Kitagawa joined ORIX Corporation in April 1998 where he spent 8 years in vender leasing jointly with an American multinational computer technology company. He then moved into the Aviation and Investment Group in March 2006 in a core role pioneering the Japanese Operating Leasing arrangement for ORIX Corporation.

Kei Kitagawa was appointed to the Head of Aviation and Investment Group in May 2015 and Deputy Head of Global Transportation Services Headquarters in January 2019. Kei Kitagawa also has responsibility for the Aviation and Investment Group’s business strategies and budgets.

Kei holds a Bachelor Degree in Law and a MBA in Finance from Chuo University, Tokyo.

Yushi Tanaka

Director of Business Development & Shareholder Relations

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Yushi is the Director of Business Development and Shareholder Relations at ORIX Aviation, a position he has held since 2015. Seconded from ORIX Corporation, Yushi joined ORIX Aviation in January 2013 and is a Board Director of the company since 2019.

With 18 years of financial services’ experience, Yushi began his career in ORIX Corporation in 2002. He spent time there in the sales and treasury functions, handling multi-currency and interest rate hedging, corporate funding from capital markets and covering a global investor base.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan and a diploma in International Business from the U.C. Berkeley Extension programme in the U.S.