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John McClain Holmes

John McClain Holmes

John Holmes is the Group Vice President, Aviation Supply Chain with AAR Corp, a publicly held commercial and defense services company. Mr. Holmes leads the company’s supply chain group of businesses which offers inventory and repair management to commercial and defense customers through its offices and facilities in over 20 countries.

Prior to joining AAR, Mr. Holmes worked in the Corporate Finance Group of William Blair and Company. Following William Blair he joined Bank of America Capital Investors. Mr. Holmes joined AAR in 2001 as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions. He became General Manager of AAR Allen Aircraft in 2003 and took on increasing levels of responsibility for other commercial businesses over the next several years. In 2012, Mr. Holmes assumed additional responsibility for the Company’s Defense Systems and Logistics business and was appointed Group Vice President, Aviation Supply Chain. He was also elected as an Executive Officer by the Board of Directors.

Mr. Holmes grew up primarily in Georgia and Connecticut. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He serves on the Board of Directors for Alliance Francaise, the National Board of the Commanderie de Bordeaux and is also a member of the Chevaliers du Tastevin, the Wings Club, the Executives Club of Chicago, and was recently named by Aviation Week Magazine as one of the 40 Under Forty Rising Stars of Aeronautics and Aviation. He is an active supporter of the Anti-Cruelty Society and World Wildlife Fund. John lives in Chicago with his wife, Jenni, and their son, George.