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 businesses that comprise Aviation Services — Integrated Solutions, OEM 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 expansion of MRO Services with the acquisition of Premier Aviation. He also launched AAR Digital Services to support the continued growth of Parts Supply and OEM Services through better purchasing and closer connections for OEM partners.

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 Lincoln Park Zoo, Columbia College Chicago, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, World Business Chicago, Primo Center for Women & Children and Alliance Francaise. He is currently a member of the Commercial Club, 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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