Our Team

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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, a Director of Beacon Intermodal Leasing, Inc. from 2007 to 2011 and a Director of 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 S.à r.l. and SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd. 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
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Robert Dee

Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Dee is the Chief Commercial Officer accountable for developing an investment strategy and lessee marketing plan for the remarketing of existing equipment and for the new investment in rolling stock operated in the Pan European rail market. Prior to joining Beacon Rail, Mr. Dee was Head of Commercial at Macquarie European Rail with responsibility for managing a portfolio of Pan European rolling stock assets and the development of new rolling stock investment opportunities. Prior to Macquarie European Rail, Mr. Dee was Director Rail, Corporate Asset Finance at Lloyds Banking Group with responsibility for developing a UK Rail operating leasing platform and the restructuring of a European Rail operating leasing platform. Prior to Lloyds Banking Group Mr. Dee held senior commercial positions within Angel Trains responsible for the remarketing of the UK passenger rolling stock fleet on the first maturities of rolling stock leases post UK Rail privatisation. Mr. Dee began his career working at Railtrack / Network Rail, the owner of the UK Rail infrastructure, in numerous financial and analytical positions.

Robert Dee
Chief Commercial Officer
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Richard Thompson

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Thompson is the Company’s Chief Financial Officer responsible for overseeing all of the accounting, financial and portfolio reporting, treasury, tax and investment underwriting activities of the Company.  Prior to assuming this responsibility, Mr. Thompson was the Company’s Chief Investment Officer responsible for overseeing all the underwriting, investment management and portfolio reporting aspects of the Company.  Prior to joining Beacon Rail, Mr. Thompson was the Portfolio Manager responsible for underwriting and managing BTMU Capital Corporation’s (BTMUCC) 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 Financial Officer
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Neil Bennett

Strategic Business Development Director

Mr. Bennett is the Strategic Business Development Director responsible for sourcing and originating strategic portfolio and corporate acquisitions. 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
Strategic Business Development Director
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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
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Gregory Fisichelli, CPA

Senior Director, Planning, Treasury, and Tax

Mr. Fisichelli is the Senior Director of Planning, Treasury, and Tax responsible for the Company’s budgeting and forecasting, hedging, treasury, and tax planning, reporting and compliance activities. Previously, Mr. Fisichelli held the positions of Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of BTMU Capital Corporation’s (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 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, Planning, Treasury, and Tax
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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
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Bernd Wagner

Senior Director, Lease Originations

Mr. Wagner is a Senior Director of Lease Origination responsible for business development in Continental Europe and for the management of key manufacturer relationships. Prior to joining Beacon Rail, Mr. Wagner was a portfolio sales and account manager for Mitsui Rail Capital Europe. Mr. Wagner also held various new business development positions at TIIC, KPN/Gentronics, Experian, and Siemens Financial Services. Mr. Wagner holds a Bachelor degree in Business Engineering from Fontys Polytechnics, Eindhoven as well as a MBA from RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Bernd Wagner
Senior Director, Lease Originations
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Gabriele Fabry

Director of Tax, Luxembourg

Ms. Fabry is the Director of Tax responsible for the Group’s tax compliance and planning. Prior to joining Beacon Rail Leasing, Ms Fabry worked for 20 years in the finance department of Clearstream International in Luxembourg as a Tax Director responsible for the group’s Luxembourg and international tax matters. Before working for Clearstream International, Ms Fabry was a Tax Manager at PwC in Luxembourg. Ms Fabry holds a diploma in business administration (focus areas: Tax, Audit and Controlling) of the University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Germany.

Gabriele Fabry
Director of Tax, Luxembourg
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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
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Ross Shepherd

Senior Director, Head of Engineering

Mr. Shepherd is the Senior Director of Engineering accountable for the asset management, maintenance, modification and operational safety of Beacon Rail’s portfolio of rolling stock. Prior to Beacon Rail, Mr Shepherd was Head of Fleet Strategy at Eversholt Rail Group with responsibility for the through-life management of the Eversholt portfolio and input to the strategic business plan. In this role Mr Shepherd led development of re-franchising strategy in the UK passenger market. Prior to Eversholt, Mr Shepherd established and managed the safety, engineering, maintenance, and performance elements of the Bombardier Class 379 Stansted Express maintenance contract. Prior to Bombardier, Mr Shepherd was a Technical Advisor at Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government’s transport authority. In this role Mr Shepherd engaged in policy development, franchise management, major infrastructure upgrades and new train procurement. Prior to Transport Scotland, Mr Shepherd held several roles within the engineering team at South West Trains, then the largest UK passenger operator. Mr Shepherd holds a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of London.

Ross Shepherd
Senior Director, Head of Engineering
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Stephan Oehler

Senior Director, Accounting and Operations

Mr. Oehler is the Group’s Senior Director of Accounting and Operations responsible for the financial accounting/reporting and is the company’s Controller. Prior to joining Beacon Rail Leasing in August 2018, Mr. Oehler worked 14 years for Kuehne + Nagel where he held various positions in Accounting and Controlling in Switzerland, the USA and Sweden, with his last position being Finance Director/CFO for Kuehne + Nagel Sweden. Prior joining Kuehne + Nagel Mr. Oehler worked as a financial advisor for a large local Swiss bank. Mr. Oehler graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from the University of Applied Science, Winterthur, Switzerland.

Stephan Oehler
Senior Director, Accounting and Operations
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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, Germany.

Tobias Schumann
Senior Director, Information Technology
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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
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Katherine Ward

Senior Director, Engineering

Ms. Ward is the Senior Director of Engineering responsible for managing Beacon Rail’s fleet of passenger train rolling stock, and representing Beacon Rail in Continental Europe as a member of the European Passenger Train and Traction Operating Lessors’ Association (EPTTOLA). Fluent in German, Ms. Ward has extensive experience in passenger and freight vehicle leasing throughout continental Europe and the UK. Ms. Ward was the Head of Engineering for Ascendos Rail Leasing prior to the sale of Ascendos Rail Leasing to Beacon Rail. Prior to this, Ms. Ward was an engineering manager for Babcock and Brown’s Rail team, for the Bank of Scotland’s Rail team and has had technical positions at Porterbrook Leasing, London Underground, and Atkins Rail. Ms. Ward has a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University and 20 years’ experience in the rail industry.

Katherine Ward
Senior Director, Engineering