Burger to succeed Liu as GECAS CEO

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has announced that Alec Burger become the company’s president and CEO on 1 January 2016, taking over the executive management of the business from Norman Liu, who will stay on as chairman of GECAS until late 2016 when he will retire from GE.

“Alec has tremendous commercial skills, including a keen external focus and a track record of building strong customer relationships,” remarked Keith Sherin, GE Capital chairman and CEO. “He’s a terrific leader known for driving growth, developing talented teams and has a proven record of building GE Capital’s businesses across the globe. His structured finance skills and global mindset will serve him well in his new role at GECAS.”

Burger is a 25-year veteran of GE including 15 years at GE Capital Real Estate, where he last served as president and CEO, prior to the business being sold as part of GE’s transition to become a more focused, digital industrial company.

Burger joined Real Estate in 2000 as VP business development where he led a number of major strategic real estate acquisitions. In 2002 he was named managing director of GE Capital Real Estate’s UK unit, and in 2007 became vice-president of its North American business.

As chairman of GECAS, Liu will provide strategic counsel and long-term planning support to Burger and the GE Capital board of directors. Under Liu's leadership as CEO over the past seven years, the GECAS team has consistently delivered strong financial results, with annual revenues of over $5 billion and net income of over $1 billion on average on nearly $50 billion of assets. He also developed the company's strong product capabilities in syndicated debt/asset sales, regional/cargo aircraft, engine leasing/airframe parts, aircraft evaluation/aviation consulting and helicopters. Prior to GECAS, Liu held senior roles with GE Capital in mergers & acquisitions and capital markets.

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