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John M. Holmes Named Chairman of AAR Board of Directors

Our Bureau - : Jan 11, 2023 - : 10:02 pm

John M. Holmes, President and Chief Executive Officer of AAR, has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company following the retirement of David P. Storch, who was chairman for 18 years. Holmes will continue as AAR President and Chief Executive Officer.

Holmes joined AAR in 2001 as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2003, Holmes moved into operations, becoming General Manager of the company’s Parts Supply business and progressively assuming responsibility of other businesses before being appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer in 2017. In 2018, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of AAR, the third since the company’s founding in 1955.

Under Holmes’s leadership, AAR has achieved substantial growth in sales and profitability, while successfully navigating the company through the COVID-19 pandemic. As Chairman, Holmes will focus on strategies to drive continued growth while maintaining the Company’s strong culture and core values.

Storch, the second of the Company’s only three CEOs, has served as a member of the Board since 1989 and as Chairman of the Board of AAR since 2005. He retired as Chief Executive Officer in 2018. Under Storch’s leadership, the Company grew to the leading independent provider of aviation services globally.


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