AE Industrial Partners Appoints Stephanie Sanford, Director of Aircraft Leasing, as Senior Vice President to Support AE Industrial Partners Aerospace Opportunities Fund

BOCA RATON, Florida., October 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — AE Industrial Partners, LP (“AEI”), an American private equity firm specializing in aerospace, defense and government services, space, energy and utilities, and specialized industrial markets, announced today that Stephanie Sanford, a proven executive with decades of aircraft leasing experience, has joined the company as Senior Vice President. She will be responsible for originating and managing aircraft leases, engine leases and related aerospace lease investments for AE Industrial Partners’ Aerospace Opportunities Fund.

“Stephanie’s significant expertise in creating and managing aircraft leases will be an invaluable resource as we continue to invest from our Aerospace Opportunities Fund,” said David Rowe, managing partner of AEI. “We welcome Stephanie to the team and are confident that her contributions will help us identify new opportunities, while adding expert advice in lease management.”

Ms. Sanford brings more than 25 years of aircraft leasing experience with aircraft lessors, banks and financial institutions to United States and Europe. Prior to joining AE Industrial, she was Senior Vice President and Head of Aircraft Trading at ICBC Aviation Leasing in Dublin, Irelandwhere she was responsible for more $2.5 billion in commercial aircraft transactions. Prior to ICBC, Ms. Sanford was Senior Vice President and Head of Trading at FPG Amentum, where she led the origination team. She has also held various aircraft leasing and aviation marketing positions at Bank of America Ireland Leasing, CIT Aerospace and aircraft lessor ILFC. She began her career at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Ms. Sanford holds a BA from Austin College and an MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

“AE Industrial has been an innovator in aviation investing, and I look forward to joining this exceptional team and helping to build their presence in the global aircraft leasing industry,” said Ms. Sanford.

AEI Aerospace Opportunities Fund, which the company launched in 2020, pursues a strategy of acquiring aerospace assets through commercial, corporate and special assignment applications to create leases and structured credit solutions designed to generate income and capital appreciation for its investors. AEI leverages a dedicated team of experienced investment professionals with deep technical and operational expertise to partner with airlines in both developed and emerging markets, including Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Icelandair, easyJet and others.

About AE Industry Partners

AE Industrial Partners is a private equity firm specializing in aerospace, defense and government services, space, energy and utilities, and specialty industrial markets. AE Industrial Partners invests in market-leading companies that can benefit from our deep industry knowledge, operational experience and relationships in our target markets. AE Industrial Partners is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and the ILPA Diversity in Action initiative. To learn more, visit

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