CEO, President, Aviation Capital Group
WHY: Began at Pacific Life in 1990, rose to CFO then president before becoming CEO of its unit, ACG. Business Journal CFO of Year award in 2011.
RECENT: Ended 29-year career at PacLife when it divests ACG for an estimated $3B to Tokyo Century.
NOTABLE: Instead of buying bonds from airlines that could go bankrupt, Tran saw potential of buying planes and leasing them to airlines avoiding pitfalls of an airline going bankrupt.PacLife 1996 started with $5M investment in ACG, which now has an equity value of $3.6B.