AirFinance Hires H. Suha Kocabal to Lead Efforts in Turkey, Middle East and Asia

WASHINGTON, DC (February 15, 2018) – AirFinance, a global aerospace and equipment financing business, today announced the addition of H. Suha Kocabal to its business development team.

Prior to joining to AirFinance, Mr. Kocabal was with TD Bank Group’s Export Credit & Agency Finance Group from 2002 to 2018.  At TD, Mr. Kocabal was instrumental in the bank’s export credit origination globally, with emphasis on US EXIM, UKEF and Canada’s EDC.  Mr. Kocabal focused primarily on the aerospace, transportation, power, medical, and manufacturing sectors.  In these areas of expertise, he covered both the US manufacturers as well as large corporate names in certain international markets, namely, Brazil, Canada, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Middle East, and Turkey.  Mr. Kocabal was also part of the team that developed TD’s US EXIM’s Qualified Advisor initiative. 

By joining AirFinance, Mr. Kocabal adds to the company global presence and deep aerospace and equipment financing experience.  While AirFinance has already been expanding beyond its traditional aviation base to include aerospace products in general aviation, the hire also marks AirFinance’s continued growth into non-aviation related equipment finance.

“We could not be more excited about Suha joining the AirFinance team. His deep contacts internationally and experience living and working in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, including 30+ years of international business experience, will accelerate AirFinance’s expansion into these markets,” commented AirFinance Managing Partner, Kirsten Bartok Touw.

“Suha comes to AirFinance with 19 years of export credit experience in key global markets.  His hard work and track record were key to TD becoming an EXIM Qualified Advisor and now he joins AirFinance’s successful track record of funding Qualified Advisor transactions.  Suha’s experience will help AirFinance continue to expand beyond business jets and helicopters to support the financing of our customer’s export credit purchases”, stated Tom Low, AirFinance Managing Partner.

Mr. Kocabal maintains active involvement in community service organizations. He served as the Treasurer and PTA president of a local elementary school where his son attended.  He has previously been the coach for a soccer team in the local community and previously was a professional soccer player in Turkey.  Mr. Kocabal has an M.S. in Business from Johns Hopkins University.  He is married and has one son and lives in Mclean, VA. 

For further information:
Richard Thomas

+1 (415) 997-9961
+44 790 495 0841


Kirsten Bartok  |  |  +1(415)440-4145

Tom Low  |  |  +1 (202) 558-7702



AirFinance is focused on the export credit equipment financing globally.  The early platform focused primarily on general aviation, but after successfully assisting their current borrowers with their non-aviation asset purchases, AirFinance has expanded to include equipment more broadly.  Since the creation of Ex-Im’s Qualified Advisor Program, AirFinance has partnered with Apple Bank for Savings and Ex-Im to approve pre-delivery payment and long term transaction totally more than $635 million.  AirFinance originates, underwrites and services transactions for the Swiss Export Risk Insurance SERV, Poland’s Kuke and Export Development Canada and other key export credit agencies that support business jet or helicopter financing.  AirFinance has arranged and coordinated over $150 million of equipment financing with export credit agencies outside of Ex-Im’s Qualified Advisor Program.

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