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13 April 2015

Mott MacDonald appoints Horacio Rossi and James Cole to its aviation business

Mott MacDonald has boosted its global aviation and infrastructure finance business by appointing Horacio Rossi and James Cole as project directors. The move strengthens the consultancy’s position as one of the world’s most experienced aviation practices.

Horacio joins the consultancy from CH2M Hill where he was a regional director, heading up their aviation business in Latin America. He will be responsible for directing Mott MacDonald’s technical advisory workload for governments, lenders and sponsors, helping to structure, win and finance airport concessions globally. Horacio brings a wealth of experience from across Central and South America, where he previously worked for Corporacion America as regional manager for seven airports in Patagonia.

Commenting on Horacio’s appointment, Mott MacDonald’s aviation practice leader Chris Chalk said: “Horacio brings significant global experience having successfully advised the winning bidders for both the Pulkovo and ANA privatisations. He has an expert understanding of how to win concession competitions and his technical advisory skills will strengthen our award-winning technical advisory team.”

James Cole has been appointed to lead Mott MacDonald’s global forecasting business and will be responsible for delivering market insight in support of airport transactions, route development and masterplanning projects worldwide. He has over 20 years’ experience of developing air services at a broad range of airports in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. James joins the consultancy from Airport Coordination Limited, where he was responsible for slot coordination and forecasting at some of the world’s busiest airports, including Heathrow and Dubai, and for developing a range of slot trading transaction support services.

David Beare, head of aviation transaction and business advisory at Mott MacDonald, said: “We have reaffirmed our position as a leading provider of technical advisory and traffic forecasting services to the aviation market. James and Horacio will help us ensure that all our aviation projects continue to be delivered to the highest standard of quality and safety, providing investors with the market insight and optimisation potential of aviation assets worldwide.”

Mott MacDonald’s 40-year old aviation business has provided financial, technical, business planning and transaction advice for over US$75 billion of airport assets in more than 100 countries. It has undertaken aviation projects for over 16 governments, 240 airports and 12 airlines. These include providing traffic advisory services on Zagreb Airport in Croatia, winner of the Project Finance Awards 2014 European Airport Deal of the Year and San Juan Airport in Puerto Rico, winner of the Project Finance Magazine 2013 North American Transport Deal of the Year.

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