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Seabury Capital Further Strengthens Its Focus on Management Consulting for Global Commercial Aviation MRO Sector Jim Keenan Named Senior Advisor to Seabury Global Aviation Group

NEW YORK – August 13, 2014 – As the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) sector continues on a growth path across the globe, the Seabury Capital is poised to broaden its management consulting presence in the industry. The company has partnered with Jim Keenan, an accomplished Aviation industry leader and advisor, to further strengthen its focus on providing management consulting and support for the MRO industry clients through leveraging Mr. Keenan’s successful track record for more than two decades in the Aviation and Aerospace & Defense sectors.

“Jim is a proven business leader in the Aviation and Commercial Aerospace sectors and I am personally looking forward to working with him,” said Seabury Capital Chairman & CEO John E. Luth.

“We are excited to attract someone of Jim’s experience and caliber to Seabury. His depth of experience from both the airline and OEM sides of the business is invaluable as we continue to expand our MRO practice,” added Managing Director & Head of Seabury’s Global Aviation Consulting David Spurlock.

Mr. Keenan commented on his joining, “Having worked with Seabury on multiple projects in the past, I have seen first-hand the value they can deliver through their business tools, expertise and customer-centric approach. I look forward to working with Seabury to identify opportunities to leverage these attributes more broadly throughout the aviation industry.”

Mr. Keenan is an accomplished aviation industry leader with 26 years of experience in leading large organizations focused on industry-leading MRO performance, fleet safety and reliability programs. Mr. Keenan’s areas of expertise include P&L optimization, lean manufacturing/operations excellence, FAA compliance and relationship-management, product development, and aircraft modification projects.

Mr. Keenan was a leader for United Airlines from 1988-2002. He started as an aircraft performance system engineer, assuming positions of increasing leadership with responsibilities in both Engineering and Operations Management, which culminated in his appointment as Vice President, Engineering.

In 2002, Mr. Keenan left United to become Senior Vice President & General Manager, leading Pratt & Whitney’s worldwide MRO organization, consisting of dozens of overhaul/repair/distributions centers around the world and generating more than $3B in annual revenue. Under Mr. Keenan’s leadership, Global Service Partners (GSP), a division of Pratt & Whitney, doubled revenue and tripled profit over a 4-year period. Growth was highlighted by an expanded network via Joint Ventures and Acquisitions, productivity enhancements via SAP implementation across the global network, installation of advanced lean manufacturing principles, and long-term, power-by-the-hours partnerships with customers.

Mr. Keenan returned to United Airlines in August 2008 to serve as Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, where he was responsible for all aspects of fleet airworthiness and performance, operational reliability, regulatory compliance, as well as customer revenue generation and cost management for maintenance activity. Mr. Keenan also served as the leader for Operations Integration Planning in the United Airlines/Continental Airlines merger.


Seabury Capital is a leading global advisory and professional services firm that delivers diversified and responsive business solutions to clients in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, Transportation and related industries. Since 1995, Seabury has partnered with more than 300 clients on 1000+ engagements to solve their most complex challenges through an integrated approach to consulting, investment banking, asset management and information technology. Our more than 250 professionals worldwide are top-tier bankers, consultants, technology experts and former executives who share a passion for delivering innovative and intuitive solutions geared toward our clients’ diverse and emerging needs. Headquartered in New York, Seabury and its subsidiaries are based in 14 countries on five continents.