John M. Holmes is President and Chief Executive 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.
Holmes joined AAR in 2001 as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2003, he became General Manager of AAR’s parts trading business, and progressively assumed responsibility for the other solutions that comprise Aviation Services—Integrated Solutions, OEM Aftermarket Solutions, Intelligent Solutions and MRO Services—with a focus on achieving growth and operational efficiencies. Holmes led the expansion of AAR’s Integrated Solutions through the acquisition of Airinmar, a repair cycle management company, and the development of proprietary inventory management tools. He 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.
After driving double-digit growth and establishing a strong leadership team to build on AAR’s culture of innovation and execution, Holmes was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 2017, where he focused on maximizing performance and identifying new strategies to drive additional growth. In 2018, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of AAR, the third since the Company’s incorporation in 1955.
Holmes serves on the boards of Columbia College Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Primo Center for Women & Children and Alliance Francaise. He is currently a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, YPO and the Wings Club. Prior to joining AAR, Holmes spent time in investment banking and private equity. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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