Bill Molloy joins Killick Aerospace Group as COO

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Company Overview

Founded in 2006, the Killick Aerospace Group is a leading provider of commercial and business aircraft engine solutions, aircraft parts and rotables, and engine sales and leasing. With headquarters in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas, it consists of Killick Aerospace, Turbine Engine Specialists (TES), and Avistox.

Killick Aerospace, with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, provides commercial aircraft engine solutions and trades parts on Airbus, Boeing, and Bombardier programs. It has parts distribution centers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. TES, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is authorized by Honeywell and General Electric to provide world-class expertise and service on business aircraft engines and APUs. AviStox, with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, maintains a large inventory of aircraft parts from suppliers such as Honeywell, HamiltonSundstrand, and other leading aerospace original equipment manufacturers

The Killick Aerospace Group is private equity backed and invests in aviation companies, providing capital for expansion, acquisition financing and restructuring for two target segments: Aviation MRO and Aviation Distribution.

Our philosophy extends beyond providing financial support, we strive to provide valuable industry, strategic and business development expertise to ensure the success of our portfolio companies. The Killick Aerospace Group executive leadership team provides proactive governance while working with the incumbent management team.

We at Killick Aerospace Group have a passion for helping to build growing and successful companies.

Aviation Private Equity

Killick Aerospace Group identifies investments that are a complementary extension of our Aviation MRO and Aviation Distribution companies. We look for:

  • Companies with strong industry reputations and outstanding customer service focus
  • Private, established companies with demonstrated financial strength
  • Investments with outstanding growth potential
  • Strong customer and market position
  • Competitive advantage and/or proprietary product or technology
  • Strong leadership and management team
  • Exit strategies readily identifiable

We welcome the chance to discuss opportunities for investment with aviation companies who align with these criteria.

Leadership Team

Our experienced team of industry leaders allows the Killick Aerospace Group to capitalize quickly on new market opportunities to benefit our customers & partners.

Russell Starr
President & CEO
Russell is an experienced leader with over 30 years in the aviation industry. He focuses on strategic business development, mergers & acquisitions, aircraft & jet engine procurement, and managing the overall quality of relationships with key customers, partners, and suppliers. His education includes a Master of Business Administration from University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from University of Northern Colorado along with Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Champion certification from the Six Sigma Academy (SSA & Company).

Bill Molloy
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer of the Killick Aerospace Group, Bill is responsible for driving sales growth in all areas of Killick’s portfolios, creating new business development opportunities, and evolving execution on the recent Business Aircraft “parts distributor” acquisitions. Bill joined Killick after thirty years holding various leadership positions at Bombardier Aerospace, where he was known for his ability to deliver strong business results for the aviation group. Molloy holds an BSc in Business & Finance from the UUJ, N. Ireland, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada.

Shannon Hall
Chief Financial Officer
Shannon has thirty years of experience as a finance professional and has served in various financial and operational roles in highly complex, diverse and multi-national organizations, including Big Four accounting firm background. Her focus has been in reorganizing, streamlining and strengthening financial operations to maximize performance, profitability and investor returns. Shannon’s experience also includes evaluating acquisition targets and new business programs. Her education includes a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from Baylor University along with Six Sigma and Boeing Leadership program training.

Leon Stewart
VP Sales and Business Development
Leon has more than 40 years of experience in the aviation industry, with an emphasis in diverse areas such as distribution management, program management, maintenance, manufacturing production, materials management, global logistics as well as broad experience in commercial business development and sales. He has served in various executive level positions within the aviation industry and holds a Bachelor of Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Aviation Management and Mathematics, is a member of the Society of Logistics Engineers and is a Black Belt in Six Sigma/LEAN management principles.

Tony Poveda
Director of IT & BPO
Tony is an experienced business technology leader with a strong operations and quantitative background. His focus is on ensuring that the Killick Aerospace Group maximizes business productivity while leveraging the latest technology to meet the evolving needs of a global customer base. Tony spent nearly fifteen years at Bank of America in a number of architectural, management, and systems roles before joining the precursor to VSE Aviation as its technology leader. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin with a minor in Economics.


Killick Aerospace Group is comprised of two principal aviation business segments, MRO and Distribution.

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