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Jackson Square Aviation Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Jackson Square Aviation (“JSA”) has announced the addition of three new members to its Executive team, and the transition of one Executive to the newly created role of Chief Operating and Legal Officer.  

Daniel Cavanagh has been promoted to Executive Vce President, Chief Risk Officer. Dan joined JSA in 2020 and has quickly moved up the ranks while helping JSA manage and grow its portfolio through the most challenging environment in aviation history.  


Gemma Loder has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Head of Capital Markets. Gemma joined JSA in 2019, assumed responsibility for Capital Markets in 2020, and manages all JSA’s portfolio management and treasury functions, covering over $4 billion in financing since joining the firm.  


Sruti Prakash has been promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Sruti joined JSA in 2015, and after serving as Assistant General Counsel and Head of Legal Operations, covering all manner of aircraft finance transactions, she now manages JSA’s Legal Department, with primary responsibility for all JSA’s day to day legal matters.  


Concurrent with Sruti Prakash’s promotion to General Counsel, Ryan Opeka is transitioning to the newly-created position of Chief Operating and Legal Officer. After almost nine years running JSA’s Legal Department and expanding it from San Francisco to Dublin and Singapore, Ryan has opted for a new role focused on JSA’s organizational improvement and execution, while also supporting JSA’s corporate and compliance legal matters.  


“We are thrilled to be able to work with such a talented group of people,” commented Kevin McDonald, JSA’s Chief Executive Officer. “And we’re fortunate to be able to expand the size,  scope and diversity of our Executive team while promoting exclusively from within. That speaks to the culture we have here at our Company, but also highlights the dedication and skill that team members such as Dan, Gemma and Sruti have brought to JSA since they joined us. We are also delighted that the JSA Executive team now comprises 25% women, in line with a key pillar of the IATA 25by2025 goals, which we acknowledge as a minimum benchmark. 

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