WiNG CAPITAL LLC

Meet the Team

Michael Gangemi

Michael Gangemi

Michael Gangemi
Co-Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Mr. Michael Gangemi co-founded WNG Capital in May 2009. He has been involved in aircraft investment management, structured finance and credit trading for 35 years. Prior to forming WNG, Mr. Gangemi was the Managing Director and Head of the Special Situations Group (SSG) at Deutsche Bank. Within SSG, Mr. Gangemi established and managed the aircraft investment and portfolio financing businesses. From 2003 through 2008, SSG invested in and disposed of 16 aircraft utilizing operating leases, and underwrote and syndicated in excess of $4 billion of aircraft portfolio financing. Mr. Gangemi was also responsible for origination, distribution and trading of credit and asset risk in a wide range of physical and financial assets subject to lease and other illiquid forms of contractual claims involving intellectual property, insurance, containers, shipping and legal settlements. Prior to DB, Mr. Gangemi was the Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of New Boston Partners Ltd. in London and the Managing Director of BTM Capital Corporation.
– Mr. Gangemi earned his CPA while working with Coopers & Lybrand and was previously Series 7, 24 and 63 registered
– M.B.A. from the University of Virginia
– B.S. from Babson College

Al Nigro

Al Nigro

Al Nigro
Co-Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Mr. Al Nigro co-founded WNG Capital in May 2009. He has 33 years of aerospace experience with extensive roles in flight test, engineering, sales, finance and leasing. Prior to forming WNG, Mr. Nigro was a Director and one of the founders of Deutsche Bank’s aircraft investment and portfolio finance businesses. Prior to DB, Al was Senior Vice President of the Commercial Aviation Finance Group at Bank of America. Mr. Nigro has completed transactions involving over 450 aircraft with a combined market value in excess of $9.4 billion with airlines operating in 21 different countries. Prior to Bank of America, Mr. Nigro worked in aircraft operating leasing at Sanwa Business Credit Corp and Mitsui & Co. Mr. Nigro began his career at McDonnell Douglas Corp (now Boeing) as an Aircraft Design Engineer and an Experimental Flight Test Engineer and later as Director of Marketing in Southeast Asia. Mr. Nigro was the Lessor Representative on the Board of Directors of Spirit Airlines, and was an advisor to the Board of the John Wayne Airport Working Group.
– Completed programs in Aerodynamics and Flight Guidance at McDonnell Douglas University, an in-house training program of McDonnell Douglas
– B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University

Matthew Andrews

Matthew Andrews

Matthew Andrews
General Counsel – EMEA

Mr. Matthew Andrews is General Counsel – EMEA at WNG Capital where he is primarily responsible for Irish platfom matters, including corporate governance and transactions. He has 20 years of experience in asset finance matters in private practice, OEMs and lessors. Prior to joining WNG in July 2019, Mr. Andrews began his career in private practice at Lovell White Durrant (now Hogan Lovells) working in international banking and asset finance in London, Frankfurt and Paris. Subsequent to Hogan Lovells, he worked at Rolls-Royce plc across a variety of areas and at the Dublin offices of two Chinese-owned lessors, Bank of Communications (BoComm) Leasing and CMIG Aviation Capital.
– Diploma in Law and Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, London
– MA in Imperial and Commonwealth History from King’s College, London
– BA in History from King’s College, London

Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace
General Counsel – Americas & Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Jennifer Wallace serves as General Counsel – Americas & Chief Compliance Officer at WNG Capital, where she is responsible for various aspects of the firm’s legal and compliance functions. She has a decade of experience in the legal and financial services industries. Prior to joining WNG in January 2019, Ms. Wallace was Vice President, Legal Counsel at Westwood Holdings Group, Inc., a publicly traded investment and wealth management firm, where she had significant responsibilities related to corporate governance and all aspects of the firm’s compliance program for its registered investment adviser subsidiaries. She had also worked at Westwood in its Marketing & Client Service division before starting her legal career, gaining exposure to its institutional, public fund, and private client bases. Prior to serving as Legal Counsel at Westwood, Ms. Wallace practiced law at Duane Morris LLP in its Wealth Planning Group.
– J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School
– B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania

Mary Blanton

Mary Blanton

Mary Blanton
Lease Administrator

Ms. Mary Blanton is a Lease Administrator at WNG Capital, where she is responsible for overseeing and tracking the utilization of aircraft, lease compliance and daily office operations. Ms. Blanton brings over 20 years of professional experience in lease management, accounting, training and customer service. Prior to joining WNG in November 2018, Ms. Blanton worked as a manager for Bella Investment Group, where she was responsible for lease management and administration.

Laura Lynch

Laura Lynch
Senior Contracts Manager

Ms. Laura Lynch is a Senior Contracts Manager at WNG Capital where she is responsible for managing lessee invoices, rent, maintenance reserve account balances, lessee insurance and ensuring lessees’ compliance with the applicable lease documents. She brings over 5 years of experience in aircraft leasing. Prior to joining WNG Capital in July 2021, Ms. Lynch worked for BBAM Aviation Services Ltd. as a Contract Manager.
– Certificate in Aviation Leasing and Finance from The Law Society of Ireland
– BA in Entrepreneurship from Technology University Dublin

Bobby Nishi

Bobby Nishi

Bobby Nishi
Executive Director

Mr. Bobby Nishi is the Executive Director at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for coordinating sales, leasing and marketing for the firm as well as direct marketing to airlines and leasing companies. He has over 25 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry with extensive roles in sales, marketing, business development, aircraft trading and law. Prior to joining WNG in 2014, Mr. Nishi worked at MC Aviation Partners as a Senior Vice President and the Head of Aircraft Trading and Legal Division. At MC Aviation, he negotiated the sale and leaseback of new and used aircraft with airlines in Central/Latin America, Asia and Europe. Prior to MC Aviation, Mr. Nishi was the Vice President of Business Development at Aviation Capital Group Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for the sale and marketing of new and used aircraft to airlines. Mr. Nishi began his career in 1998 at Tombo Aviation, where he was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing. His primary responsibilities included managing and documenting all aspects of purchase, sale and lease transactions for commercial aircraft.
– J.D. from Western State University, College of Law
– B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University

Stéphane Depeyre

Stéphane Depeyre

Stéphane Depeyre
Marketing Director

Mr. Stéphane Depeyre joined WNG as Marketing Director for EMEA market. Stéphane has 25 years of experience in the aviation industry, 20 of them being in aircraft leasing and trading. After initial roles and experiences with airlines, Mr. Depeyre joined French regional aircraft leasing company TAT Leasing, where he was VP leasing and Trading. In 2005 Mr. Depeyre joined Volito Aviation, as Head of Marketing. During Stéphane’s 6 years with Volito the portfolio grew from eight to fifty-six aircraft. After Volito, Mr. Depeyre consulted on various aviation projects with French and Russian Banks and also acted as advisor for airlines in their fleet planning. In 2015, Mr. Depeyre joined CALC where he was Marketing VP responsible for placement of new aircraft.
– Aeronautical engineer by education, with diploma from the ENAC in France (Aviation National School)

Ben Jacques

Ben Jacques

Ben Jacques
Marketing Director

Mr. Ben Jacques is Marketing Director at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for aircraft marketing and airline relationships in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He brings over 17 years of experience in the aircraft industry with extensive roles in marketing, risk management, safety, operations and commercial activities. Prior to joining WNG in October 2014, Mr. Jacques was the Commercial Manager at the International Bureau of Aviation, (IBA) where he managed their daily commercial activities. During his tenure at the IBA he brought new products to market and developed new types of revenue streams, which subsequently led to a growth period for the organization. Prior to IBA, Mr. Jacques was Group Quality Manager at Air Partner PLC, where he was responsible for the quality, safety and risk management functions. After 6 months in this role, Air Partner Quality System passed audits from two oil and gas industry companies after changes were implemented by Mr. Jacques. Mr. Jacques was also a Sub-Charter and Leasing Specialist at Air Partner where he was a leading member of the leasing team. During financial year 2008, Mr. Jacques achieved 140% of the annual sales target and had a 70% increase in new client numbers over previous years. Mr. Jacques joined Air Partner as an Operations Duty Officer. Before Air Partner, Mr. Jacques was a Flight Dispatcher and Online Trainer at Groundstar UK. He started his career at BMI British Midland in February 2001 as a Customer Service Agent.
– Passed IATA SMS and QMS Processes Course with distinction in May 2010

Seán O’Connell

Seán O’Connell

Seán O’Connell
Marketing Director

Mr. Seán O’Connell joined WNG Capital as Marketing Director and is based in WNG’s office in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. O’Connell is responsible for WNG relationships with airlines, leasing companies, and original equipment manufacturers in the EMEA region. Mr. O’Connell has worked in the aviation leasing industry for almost 20 years. Prior to joining WNG Capital in August 2020, Mr. O’Connell worked as SVP Marketing EMEA at Minsheng Financial Leasing in Dublin. Before joining Minsheng, Mr. O’Connell spent 5 years as SVP Marketing at Bank of America with responsibility for airline and lessor relationships around the globe. Prior to Bank of America, he was with Helaba Landesbank, where he specialized in Aircraft Finance.
– MA from National University of Ireland
– Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from Dublin City University

Earl Sepulveda

Earl Sepulveda
Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Earl Sepulveda is the Chief Technical Officer at WNG, where he is responsible for overseeing and leading the technical team in support of WNG’s investment goals. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Sepulveda has worked with airlines, MRO’s, and lessors in technical management, aircraft acquisition, lease negotiations, transitions, and project management. Prior to joining WNG, Mr. Sepulveda worked at AMCK Aviation / MC Aviation as a Senior Vice President and the Head of its California Office. At MC Aviation, he negotiated and lead the technical teams in support of the sale and leaseback campaigns for new and used aircraft with airlines globally. Prior to MC Aviation, Mr. Sepulveda worked at Deutsche Bank Equipment Leasing providing technical support to the sales and marketing team and prior to Deutsche Bank Earl worked with Cascade Aerospace in Canada and Aloha Airlines.
– B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
– FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certification

Kenneth Coursey

Kenneth Coursey

Kenneth Coursey
Aircraft Transitions Director

Mr. Kenneth Coursey is the Aircraft Transitions Director at WNG where he is responsible for the project management of transitioning aircraft on and off lease, coordinating transition activities with Lessees, maintenance companies, and WNG’s technical representatives. Mr. Coursey has over 30 years of aviation experience including hands on maintenance of aircraft, maintenance planning and aircraft lease and transitions management. Prior to joining WNG in September 2019, Mr. Coursey most recently served as the SVP of Technical and Asset Management for Acumen Aviation and AVP of Technical and Asset Management for Air Lease Corporation. Prior to this, Mr. Coursey was with aircraft Lessor AWAS for 15 plus years where he managed the aircraft technical lease process from ‘cradle to grave’, including new aircraft delivery, transitions, lease negotiations, modifications, maintenance reserve claim management and end of life optimization.
– FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certification
– Member American Academy of Project Management
– AAPM Certified Master Project Manager and International Project Manager

William (Bill) Furlong

William (Bill) Furlong
Commercial Officer

Mr. William Furlong is an independent contractor acting as Commercial Officer at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for managing commercial aspects of aircraft transitions.He has over 32 years of experience in the aviation finance industry and over 49 years of professional experience. Mr. Furlong has held numerous roles in leasing, consulting, audit, finance and lending. In addition to his role at WNG, Mr. Furlong worked with Deutsche Bank as an Aircraft Lease Consultant, where he was responsible for the negotiation of domestic and international aircraft lease, purchase and sale transactions. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2006, Mr. Furlong worked at BTM Capital Corporation as the Senior Vice President of Lease Negotiation. He was responsible for development of transaction structures for sales and syndication personnel in order to achieve corporate economic goals. Mr. Furlong was the lead negotiator on all lease and debt transactions. Prior to BTM Capital, Mr. Furlong was the Senior Lending Officer in the Real Estate & Syndications Division at Xerox Credit Corporation. Mr. Furlong originally joined the company as a Manager in the Leveraged Leasing Department. He also managed XCC and a joint venture portfolio aggregating $1.6 billion in assets. Prior to joining Xerox, Mr. Furlong worked at The Pittston Company from 1970 to 1988, where he became Vice President and Treasurer. During his tenure at Pittston he negotiated the acquisition and lease financing of fourteen aircraft.
– M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Connecticut
– B.S. in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport

C. Thomas Keeler

C. Thomas Keeler

C. Thomas Keeler
Technical Director

Mr. C. Thomas (Tom) Keeler is the Technical Director at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for the technical requirements, work packages, and material flow for transitioning and off lease assets as well as the associated technical records. He has over 19 years of experience working with senior-level engineers and executives in the airline, aircraft and engine leasing and maintenance industries. Prior to joining WNG in February 2012, he was the Director of Technical Records at JT Power, where he maintained the technical records for their engines and airframes, and evaluated aircraft and engines to determine their technical and financial merits. Prior to JT Power, Mr. Keeler was President of Keeler Consulting. The firm concentrated on aircraft and turbine engine product/project management. Mr. Keeler began his career at GE Engine Leasing and then moved on to Willis Lease Finance Corporation as the Technical Services Records Coordinator. In this role, he performed on-site facilitation of engine purchases and assisted with leased engine returns.
– Two years of Aeronautical Science and Aviation Training from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
– Completed the Jet Engine Concepts Course at the GE Customer Technical Education Center
– B.S. in Business from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Nick Alderman

Nick Alderman
Executive Director – Portfolio and Risk

Mr. Nick Alderman is the Executive Director – Portfolio and Risk at WNG Capital. Mr. Alderman has close to 30 years of credit analysis experience across a full range of corporate sectors. Prior to joining WNG, he spent over 7 years with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, where he was responsible for a global aircraft finance portfolio of over $6 billion comprising in excess of 60 airlines. Mr. Alderman was Head of Credit for the front office department responsible for the entire global aircraft finance portfolio, whilst also managing the risk and compliance team within the shipping and aviation departments. Prior to SMBC, Mr. Alderman worked with Barclays, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, and National Australia Bank.

Luis Filho

Luis Filho

Luis Filho
Analyst

Mr. Luis Filho is an Analyst at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for modeling investments, analyzing credit risk, and providing support to the marketing and technical teams. He has over 18 years of experience in the airline industry, with roles in business development, sales, maintenance and material demand planning, maintenance program development, technical records, airworthiness management, as well as cost and quality management. Prior to joining WNG in October 2021, Mr. Filho co-founded Levitar, a company which specialized in aircraft delivery and re-delivery technical services as well as drone services, where he was responsible for the commercial development and business management. Mr. Filho also worked for 7 years at GOL Linhas Aereas, as Maintenance Planning Senior Manager and Quality Manager. Prior to joining GOL Linhas Aereas, Mr. Filho worked for the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) focusing on the airworthiness certification and surveillance of Airlines and MROs.
– PhD candidate in Operations Research/Revenue Management from University of São Paulo, Brazil
– M.Sc. in Business Administration from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Specialization in Business Management in Transport from Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil
- B.S. in Mechanical Aeronautical Engineering from Technical Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), Brazil

Leonardo Koslosky

Leonardo Koslosky

Leonardo Koslosky
Vice President – Portfolio and Risk

Mr. Leonardo Koslosky is Vice President – Portfolio and Risk at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for overseeing investment modeling and credit assessment and supporting the Marketing Team. He has 8 years aviation industry experience with roles in GOL's aircraft maintenance and leasing programs where he was a Maintenance Planning Engineer responsible for long-term maintenance planning, fleet distribution, hangar capacity, and demand analysis. Mr. Koslosky speaks Portuguese, English, and French.
– M. Sc. in Engineering and Innovation Management from Federal University of ABC, Brazil
– B. S. (1st in class) in Aerospace Engineering from Federal University of ABC, Brazil
– Visiting student of B.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering from Swansea University, UK
– B. S. in Science and Technology from Federal University of ABC, Brazil

Haitham Mellouli

Haitham Mellouli

Haitham Mellouli
Vice President – Finance

Mr. Haitham Mellouli is Vice President – Portfolio Finance at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for managing lender relationships and sourcing secured debt. He has 10 years of professional experience in aviation. Prior to joining WNG as an Analyst in 2019, Mr. Mellouli worked as an analyst for GA Telesis. Mr. Mellouli previously worked as an associate for ICF, where he consulted for lessors, MROs, airlines, airports, and other aviation entities. Additionally, he worked at Frontier Airlines in Fleet Finance, and for JetBlue Airways in Financial Planning & Analysis. Mr. Mellouli is Fluent in English and Arabic.
– B.S. in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Nadeem Mohammed

Nadeem Mohammed

Nadeem Mohammed
Analyst

Mr. Nadeem Mohammed joined WNG Capital as an Investment Analyst in 2021. Based in WNG’s Dublin Office, he is responsible for modelling investments, analyzing credit risk, and providing support to the marketing, technical and portfolio management teams. Nadeem brings over 7 years of professional experience in financial modelling, customer service, sales, and project management. Nadeem is fluent in English and Hindi.
– MSc in Aviation Finance from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
– ISTAT U2.0 Diploma Certification from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
– B.E (Hons) in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from BITS-Pilani

Christopher Schreiner

Christopher Schreiner

Christopher Schreiner
Engine Specialist

Mr. Christopher Schreiner is an Engine Specialist at WNG Capital, where he is responsible for financial analysis of future investments and fleet management decisions, as well as daily operations and lease compliance. Mr. Schreiner brings over 23 years of professional experience in management, sales, customer service, training and project management. Prior to joining WNG in February 2016, Mr. Schreiner worked in the Business Development Center at Gunn Chevrolet, where he was responsible for all areas of operations related to the Service Department within the Business Development Center. Prior to joining Gunn Chevrolet, Mr. Schreiner was an Account Manager at GPS of Texas. In this role he marketed, sold and installed GPS tracking systems used in commercial vehicles and machinery. Mr. Schreiner also served in the United States Army and currently holds his private pilot license.
– B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at San Antonio

Joy Xie

Joy Xie

Joy Xie
Vice President – Risk

Ms. Joy Xie is Vice President – Risk at WNG Capital, where she is responsible for modeling investments, analyzing credit risk, and providing support to the marketing and technical teams. She has over 5 years of experience in aircraft leasing, as well as 4 years of professional experience in banking and capital markets. Prior to joining WNG in 2019, Ms. Xie worked as the Pricing and Evaluation Manager at Plane Business Ltd, where she was responsible for aircraft valuations, risk analysis, project management, and financial modeling. She had developed and refined models, while providing support for investment, marketing, commercial, and legal executives. She is fluent in both Mandarin and English.
– MSc in Accounting & Finance from University of Bath, UK
– BSc in Finance, Shanghai Normal University, China
– CFA level III candidate