John Holmes is President and Chief Operating Officer of AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading aviation services provider to commercial and government customers worldwide. He also serves on AAR’s Board of Directors.

Since being appointed President and COO in 2017, Holmes has been focused on maximizing performance and identifying new strategies to drive further growth. Holmes was promoted from his previous position of Chief Operating Officer, Aviation Services, where he led double-digit growth and established a strong leadership team to build on AAR’s culture of innovation and execution.

Holmes joined AAR in 2001 as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, became General Manager of AAR’s parts trading business in 2003, and progressively assumed responsibility for the other solutions that comprise Aviation Services – Integrated Supply Chain, OEM Aftermarket Solutions, Intelligent Solutions and MRO Services.

During his tenure in Aviation Services, John focused on achieving growth and operational efficiencies. He led the expansion of AAR’s Integrated Supply Chain Solutions through the acquisition of Airinmar, a repair cycle management company, and the development of proprietary inventory management tools. He has also focused on growing the Parts Supply business by using data to drive better purchasing, as well as securing exclusive distributorships to support growth of OEM Aftermarket Solutions.

Prior to joining AAR, Mr. Holmes spent time in investment banking and private equity.

Mr. Holmes earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He serves on the board of Columbia College Chicago, Primo Center and Alliance Francaise.


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