Our Team

×

Theodore Gaffney, CFA

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gaffney is the Company’s Chief Executive Officer responsible for overseeing all of the strategic, financial, operational and governance aspects of the Company. Prior to assuming responsibility for Beacon Rail, Mr. Gaffney was a 22 plus year employee of BTMU Capital Corporation (BTMUCC) and its predecessors. At BTMUCC, Mr. Gaffney was an EVP responsible for new business development, the company’s debt syndication activities and corporate strategic planning. Previous to assuming his executive management position, Mr. Gaffney held positions in BTMUCC’s Debt Syndication and Asset Based Finance Groups. Mr. Gaffney was a Director of BTMUCC from 2006 to 2011 and a Director of Beacon Intermodal Leasing, Inc. from its inception in 2007 until 2011, and New Boston Partners Limited (UK) from 2006 until 2009, both of which were wholly-owned subsidiaries of BTMUCC. Prior to joining BTMUCC, Mr. Gaffney was employed as a loan work-out specialist at PNC Bank and held positions in the loan work-out department and credit department at the former Bank of New England Corporation. Mr. Gaffney is currently a Director of Beacon Rail Lux Holdings Sarl.

Mr. Gaffney received both his B.S. and M.B.A. from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Theodore Gaffney, CFA
Chief Executive Officer
×

Michael Johnson

Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel

Mr. Johnson is the Company’s General Counsel responsible for the oversight of all of the Company’s general legal affairs including all aspects of corporate governance, compliance and supervision of outside counsel in connection with capital market transactions. Prior to joining Beacon Rail, Mr. Johnson served as in house counsel for BTMU Capital Corporation (BTMUCC) where he managed the legal aspects of BTMUCC’s maritime investment activities as well as supporting BTMUCC’s other transportation asset based lending activities, including rail transactions. Prior to working for BTMUCC, Mr. Johnson was in private practice with Nixon Peabody LLP where he represented public and private companies as outside general counsel and as special counsel in a comprehensive range of corporate finance and business law matters. Mr. Johnson received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Michael Johnson
Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel
×

Trevor Butler

Senior Director, Lease Originations

Mr. Butler is a Senior Director of Lease Origination responsible for business development in the UK and Scandinavia and for the management of key manufacturer relationships. Prior to joining BTMUCC, Mr. Butler was Commercial Director of Rail for The Allco Finance Group Limited, having previously held origination and account management positions in several UK rail operating lease companies, including HSBC Rail, GE Rail Services and Tiphook Rail. In his earlier career, Mr. Butler held several commercial and account management positions in the road transport sector including the vehicle and semi-trailer leasing industry.

Trevor Butler
Senior Director, Lease Originations
×

Neil Bennett

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Bennett is the Chief Operating Officer responsible for overseeing all lease originations, customer and manufacturer relationships and asset management aspects of the Company. Prior to joining Beacon Rail, Mr. Bennett was Head of European Rail for Allco Finance Group with the responsibility of establishing and developing a European rail operating lease investment platform. Prior to joining Allco, Mr. Bennett held senior technical and commercial positions in several European rail operating lease companies, including Bank of Scotland (CBRail), Porterbrook, and HSBC Rail (UK) / Eversholt. Prior to working in the rolling stock leasing industry, Mr. Bennett held various managerial positions at British Rail, starting as a technical apprentice in 1981. Mr. Bennett is a Director of Beacon Rail Leasing Limited and is a Non-Executive Board member of Interfleet Transport Advisory (a global rail consultancy company). Mr. Bennett is a qualified Higher National Certificate (HNC) standard electrical engineer, a Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transportation (MILT), and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport (MCIT) in the UK.

Neil Bennett
Chief Operating Officer
×

Gregory Fisichelli, CPA

Senior Director, Tax and Planning

Mr. Fisichelli is the Senior Director of Tax and Planning responsible for assisting in the creation of the annual budget, forecasting and financial planning of Beacon Rail as well as overseeing the Company’s hedging, tax planning, tax reporting and compliance activities. Prior to assuming responsibility for the finance and operations of Beacon Rail, Mr. Fisichelli held the positions of Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of BTMUCC and Vice President of Tax of BTMUCC. Prior to joining BTMUCC, Mr. Fisichelli spent 10 years in Public Accounting and held positions of Senior Manager in the Ernst & Young Financial Services Practice and Senior Manager in the KPMG State & Local Tax Practice, where he specialized in tax research, planning and corporate restructurings. Mr. Fisichelli is a Director of the Bretton Woods Alpine Education Foundation, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the development of junior ski racers. Mr. Fisichelli received his B.A. from Tufts University and his M.B.A. from the University of Washington, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.

Gregory Fisichelli, CPA
Senior Director, Tax and Planning
×

Haydn Vaughan

Senior Director, Engineering

Mr. Vaughan is the Senior Director of Engineering responsible for overseeing the asset management, modifications and development, maintenance and operational aspects of Beacon Rail’s fleet of rolling stock. Prior to joining Beacon Rail, Mr. Vaughan was the Depot Manager of the Brighton Maintenance Depot of the UK passenger operator, Southern Railway. Prior to that, Mr. Vaughan worked as an Assistant Fleet Manager and Fleet Engineer at the UK rolling stock leasing company, Porterbrook Leasing. Before working at Porterbrook, Mr. Vaughan held various managerial and technical positions at Maintainer, a West Coast traincare company, and worked as an operator at First North Western.  Mr. Vaughan is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Mr. Vaughan holds a First Class Masters’ Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lancaster University.

Haydn Vaughan
Senior Director, Engineering
×

Lynne Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Wilson is the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for overseeing all of the accounting, financial reporting, treasury, tax and human resources activities of the Company. Prior to joining Beacon Rail in January of 2016, Ms. Wilson held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Marlin Business Services Corporation in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Preceding that, Ms. Wilson held Financial Management positions at General Electric Company, located in both Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Prior to joining GE, Ms. Wilson served in senior financial positions at Bank One Corporation and Fleet National Bank of NY/Northeast Savings. Ms. Wilson started her career at Ernst & Young International and is a licensed certified public accountant (non-active status). Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Siena College in New York, earning her BBA degree.

Lynne Wilson
Chief Financial Officer
×

Christos Deligiannis

General Manager Luxembourg & Senior Director of Finance and Accounting

Mr. Deligiannis is the Group’s Senior Director of Finance and Accounting responsible for overseeing the accounting, financial reporting, cash management and finance activities of the Group. He is the General Manager of the Group’s Luxembourg group of companies. Prior to joining Beacon Rail Leasing in February 2017, Mr. Deligiannis worked 18 years as an external auditor for Deloitte, 12 years in Greece and 4 years in Luxembourg. He has extensive experience in the banking, leasing and the financial services industry with a focus on IFRS accounting and internal controls. Mr. Deligiannis is a graduate of the Athens University of Economics & Business and he is a fellow chartered accountant in UK (ICAEW), a certified public accountant in Greece (SOEL) and is in the process of becoming a qualified accountant in Luxembourg (IRE).

Christos Deligiannis
General Manager Luxembourg & Senior Director of Finance and Accounting
×

Elizabeth Mircica

Senior Director, UK Counsel

Ms. Mircica is the Company’s UK Counsel responsible for the UK and European legal aspects of the Company relating to asset supply and acquisition, leasing and technical asset management. Ms. Mircica qualified as a solicitor in March 2009 further to completing degrees in Chemistry and in Law. Prior to joining Beacon Rail Leasing, Ms. Mircica worked as an Associate for Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Allen & Overy LLP. Ms. Mircica has acted as counsel on a wide range of financial, leasing and procurement transactions for a variety of asset classes. She also has particular experience advising ROSCOs on a diverse range of rolling stock matters, including spares management, the fitment of GSM-R equipment and the procurement and fitment of traction motors.  In addition to her experience in private practice, Ms. Mircica has acquired further rail experience working as in-house counsel, with a major ROSCO and the Office of Rail Regulation.

Elizabeth Mircica
Senior Director, UK Counsel
×

Richard Thompson

Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Thompson is the Chief Investment Officer responsible for overseeing all of the underwriting, investment management and reporting aspects of the Company. Prior to assuming this responsibility for Beacon Rail, Mr. Thompson was the Portfolio Manager responsible for underwriting and managing BTMUCC’s portfolio of global rail investments, which included both structured debt transactions and leasing transactions in North America and Europe. Prior to joining BTMUCC, Mr. Thompson was an Associate in Bank of America Securities’ Media & Telecom Corporate and Investment Banking Group. Mr. Thompson is a graduate of Fleet National Bank’s Corporate Banker Training Program. Mr. Thompson received his B.A. in Economics from Hobart College.

Richard Thompson
Chief Investment Officer
×

Tobias Schumann

Senior Director, Information Technology

Mr. Schumann is the Company’s Director of Information Technology responsible for all aspects of the company’s systems, applications and information technology infrastructure. Preceding his position at Beacon Rail, Mr. Schumann held positions in the retail and software industry, managing the implementation and support of ERP systems. Prior to these positions, he spent seven years at State Street Bank GmbH and Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt/Germany as an IT manager, before he transitioned to the Boston based headquarters of State Street Corporation in 2007.

Mr. Schumann received his degree as a Diplom-Oekonom in East Asian Business and Economics from the University of Duisburg and his Pre-Diploma degree in Business and Administration from the University of Trier, Germany.

Tobias Schumann
Senior Director, Information Technology