Comvest Partners Taps Wood To Lead Aviation Finance Unit

Oct 30 2017 | 9:56pm ET

Alternative investment company Comvest Partners has named former Sagewind Capital executive Al Wood as a partner and head of the company’s aviation finance business. 

In his new role, Wood will be responsible for all aspects of the aviation finance investment process, including sourcing, transaction execution and investment oversight, the company said in a statement. He will be based in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

Prior to joining Comvest, Wood was president and CEO of 321 Aviation Group and an operating partner at Sagewind Capital. Beforehand, he held senior leadership roles at AeroTurbine, a subsidiary of AerCap, and AAR Corp. Wood began his career in aviation as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. 

 “We see the need for creative capital solutions within the aviation sector, but we also recognize that it is a specialty sector that requires experience,” said Robert O’Sullivan, Comvest’s managing partner, in the statement. “Having the internal subject matter expertise to lease aircraft, invest in hard assets and finance existing companies will complement our direct lending platform.”

Founded in 2000, Comvest Partners is a private investment firm providing equity and debt capital to middle-market companies across North America. The company has invested more than $2.7 billion in over 150 companies since inception and currently has $2.6 billion in assets under management. 

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