John C. Fortson is Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of AAR CORP.

Prior to joining AAR in May of 2013, Mr. Fortson was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Department of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  In his almost fifteen years at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Fortson worked in the firm’s New York, London and Chicago offices.  His last role was coordinating coverage of Capital Equipment and Heavy Machinery companies.  He was responsible for both strategic and financing advisory services and has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, as well as equity and debt capital raising.  Mr. Fortson has considerable international experience in the Americas, Europe and Asia.  Notable transactions include work in Italy, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, South Africa and Israel.

Mr. Fortson is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  Mr. Fortson spent seven years as an infantry officer in the US Army. His last assignment was as a parachute rifle company commander in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Mr. Fortson currently serves as Chairman of the USO of Illinois.