Dublin-based Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company has appointed Ciara Ruane as Chief People Officer. In her role as CPO, Ms Ruane will be a core member of the executive leadership team, responsible for leading Avolon’s people strategy, employee experience, rewards, retention, recruitment, diversity & inclusion, and leadership development and learning. She has over 20 years’ Human Resources (HR) experience working in strategic HR and effectiveness. Most recently, she served as Group Director of People and Culture at Primark. Aside from the management of the day-to-day employment lifecycle, she was also responsible for the creation of its people strategy and the development of Primark’s People & Culture leadership team globally, ensuring best practice HR processes were embedded across Primark’s 15 markets for the benefit of its 80,000 employees. 

Ciara Ruane is a graduate of Smurfit Business School and has a Bachelor of Science from University College Cork. 

Headquartered in Ireland, with offices in the United States, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Avolon provides aircraft leasing and lease management services. The company is 70% owned by an indirect subsidiary of Bohai Leasing Co., Ltd., a public company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and 30% owned by ORIX Aviation Systems, a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation, which is listed on the Tokyo and New York Stock Exchanges. Avolon is the world’s third largest aircraft leasing business with an owned, managed and committed fleet, as of 30 September 2021 of 830 aircraft.