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Our Team

Our dynamic and growing team consists of industry veterans, business leaders, and aviation experts who have been instrumental in shaping SAEL’s foundation. Together we’re taking off to bring simple, streamlined, and high-performance solutions to our valued customers and partners.

We’re more than just a company, we’re a global, culturally diverse family dedicated to trust, shared values, innovation, and excellence. With the backing of Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, and an ever-expanding network and reach, we’re committed to a sustainable future and forging even stronger partnerships as we soar to new heights.

Roger Welaratne

Managing Director & CEO
Roger joined SMBC Aero Engine Lease in February 2020 as Chief Commercial Officer, and he has been in a role of Managing Director & CEO since April 2021. Prior to joining SAEL, he was Head of Commercial at GECAS Engine Leasing. He has worked 25 years in the engine leasing industry holding several executive positions at GECAS and SES.

Graeme Crickett

Chief Technical Officer
Graeme has been with SMBC Aero Engine Lease since 2014, and he has been in a role of Chief Technical Officer since April 2021. He has worked in the aviation industry for over 41 years. His specialist leasing experience began in 1998 with Air New Zealand and further enhanced with senior positions in Willis Lease, Macquarie, IBA and GECAS.

Yuki Nishi

Chief Financial Officer
Yuki joined SMBC Aero Engine Lease in April 2019, and he has been in a role of Chief Financial Officer since April 2021. He was a project leader of the participation of Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company into aircraft engine leasing business through acquisition of SAEL.

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