Arun Uppal

  • Los Angeles US-CA

Employment Summary

Selected Accomplishments

  • Marshaled pre-close activities related to transaction close of $5.0B sale of company through a well-structured project management office
  • Influenced negotiations of a 10-year, $2B contract between an engine manufacturer and a large North American aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider
  • Harnessed over $60M in savings by redefining component maintenance contracts for a major Indian carrier
  • Spearheaded development of academic curriculum of a new 3-year, 25 course college-level Aviation Operations program

Skills

Skills

Financial Modeling

Business Strategy

Work History

Work History
Mar 2011 - Present

Assistant Vice President, Strategic Planning

International Lease Finance Corporation

Member of Strategic Planning leadership team responsible for strategy development, business structuring and development, and operational improvement. Advised senior management on a wide range work including strategy, M&A, program management, and aircraft transactions. Supported analyst development and expansion of team from four persons to the current nine.

  • Led project management efforts related to transaction close of $5.0B sale of company as well as post-purchase integration of $348M acquisition of an aircraft tear-down company
  • Orchestrated development of investments theses for multiple aircraft orders cumulatively spanning 300 aircraft worth ~$10B
  • Designed and developed an asset age based headcount forecasting tool which identified need for ~40 incremental over 5 years; tool used to identify $250M of headcount expense related to a 10-year asset servicing agreement
  • Managed inter-departmental efforts for an investor / 3rd party audit of over 10,000 discrete technical, contractual, and accounting data points related to a 240 aircraft portfolio sale
  • Engaged 3rd party consultants to assist in aligning senior management on core business redefinition and differentiation, resulting in the creation and execution of a 6 pronged ‘Asset Management Strategy’
  • Guided junior resources in production of numerous analyses across high importance strategic efforts which include aircraft securitizations, IPO, and eventual sale of company to an offshore investor
  • Cultivated strong working relationships with senior management, department heads, and analytical resources across the company
Aug 2010 - Mar 2011

Professor

Seneca College, School of Aviation and Flight Technology

Spearheaded development and lead administration of new 3-year college level Aviation Operationas program. Created course specific curriculum and aligned overall program outcomes to local industry needs. Constructed and delivered lectures on topics which included introductory business, history, flight dispatch, safety and human factors, and thermodynamics.

  • Defined program objectives and learning outcomes for a new 3-year Aviation Operations program
  • Taught four courses in the program and received student instructor ratings in the top decile of the college
  • Liaised with local industry leaders to ensure graduate knowledge and skill set adequately addressed anticipated employer needs in the short- to medium-term
Mar 2007 - Jul 2010

Senior Associate

Seabury Aviation and Aerospace

Lead client engagements for a top-tier boutique advisory firm focused in the aviation and aerospace sector. Projects included negotiating multi-billion contract, evaluating merger synergies, conducting due diligence on potential acquisitions, forecasting demand for services and developing new strategies for clients that included airlines, maintenance providers, aerospace manufacturers & suppliers as well as investors such as private equity firms.

  • Led, managed, and mentored teams of 1-3 members through client engagements often under tight timelines
  • Selected engagement highlights include:
    • Leading an investment due diligence project for a private equity firm interested in acquiring a flight simulator OEM
    • Supporting negotiations of a 10 year, $2B contract between an engine OEM and a large North American aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider
    • Identifying ~$60M in savings over 10 years by redefining component maintenance contracts for a major Indian carrier
  • Formed strong relationships with client’s senior management in order to drive organizational change
  • Supported the development of company assets and culture by actively participating in recruiting efforts as well as planning and executing a highly successful 40 person off-site in Mexico for the consulting division
Sep 2005 - May 2007

Senior Analyst, New Commercial Aircraft Program (CSeries)

Bombardier Aerospace

Executed competitive aircraft marketing analysis for Bombardiers' CSeries aircraft, a new 100-149 seat commercial jetliner. Represented the program at conferences, tradeshows, and regional airline association meeting across India and the Middle East.

Feb 2004 - Aug 2005

Senior Analyst, Strategy and Long Range Planning

America West Airlines

Created financial models to evaluate both organic and M&A growth opportunities. Constructed detailed economic route forecasts for both international and domestic city pairs.

Sep 1999 - Jun 2002

Professor, School of Aviation

Seneca College

Created and delivered lectures in mathematics, calculus, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics to classes of between 40 and 60 students.

Education

Education
Sep 2002 - Oct 2003

MBA

John Molson School of Business, Concordia University