Takashi Kurihara was appointed Chairman of our Board as of March 27, 2020 after the closing of the merger between Aircastle Limited and an entity controlled by affiliates of Marubeni Corporation and Mizuho Leasing Company, Limited.   Mr. Kurihara served on the previous board of directors of Aircastle Limited from May 2019. Mr. Kurihara is the Advisor to the President of Marubeni America Corporation. From January 2017 to March 2019, Mr. Kurihara was a Director of Agricultural Solutions Business Division of Bridgestone. Prior to that, Mr. Kurihara was Deputy General Manager, Regional Coordination and Administration Department at Marubeni Corporation from April 2016 to September 2016.  From July 2013, he was Vice President and a Board member of Gavilon Agriculture until April 2015, when Mr. Kurihara became Executive Vice President and a Board member of Gavilon Group LLC.  Mr. Kurihara received his MBA at Columbia Business School in New York and his bachelor degree of political science at Keio University in Tokyo. Mr. Kurihara has over 30 years’ experience at Marubeni including the structured finance for Energy & Chemical plant projects in various countries, the management of the investment decision making process by conducting the analysis and the recommendation to its CEO, various M&A activities including Gavilon and its post-merger integration, and brings to the Board extensive experience in operations, strategic planning and financial matters.

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