Mott MacDonald boosts its global Aviation Practice

29 April 2015 2 min. read
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Consulting firm Mott MacDonald has strengthened its global aviation and infrastructure finance business with the appointments of aviation experts Horacio Rossi and James Cole as Directors within its Aviation Practice. According to the firm, the two additions will boost its position as one of the most experienced aviation practices.

Horacio Rossi joins Mott MacDonald from civil engineering consulting firm CH2M Hill, where he acted as Project Director and Regional Aviation Lead for Latin America for more than six years. Prior to this, he worked as independent consultant for among others the European Commission, ICAO and Mott Mac Donald. Other roles include Regional Manager at Patagonian Airports and Project Director at Ushuaia International Airport. Rossi started his career in 1977 as Graduate Engineer at Previous experience, after which he came to work for Ministry of Public Works in Tierra del Fuego in 1981, where he worked for more than 16 years.

As Project Director at Mott MacDonald, Rossi will direct the firm’s technical advisory workload for governments, lenders and sponsors and help to structure, win and finance airport concessions globally. “Horacio brings significant global experience having successfully advised the winning bidders for both the Pulkovo and ANA privatisations. He has an expert understanding of how to win concession competitions and his technical advisory skills will strengthen our award-winning technical advisory team,” comments Chris Chalk, Mott MacDonald’s Aviation Practice Leader.

Horacio Rossi and James Cole, Mott MacDonald

James Cole, who joins as Director of Aviation Markets and Forecasts, moves to the firm from ACL International where he fulfilled the role of Managing Board Director for more than five years and of Director of Coordination for a decade from 1999 until 2009. Before this, the worked for BBA Airports, where he held several roles between 1993 and 1999, including Project Development Manager, Economic Regulation Manager and Head of Operational Planning. Cole began his career at airplane manufacturer Bombardier in 1987, where he stayed until 1991.

At Mott MacDonald, Cole will lead the firm’s global forecasting business and has been charged with delivering market insight in support of airport transactions, route development and master planning projects worldwide.

“We have reaffirmed our position as a leading provider of technical advisory and traffic forecasting services to the aviation market. James and Horacio will help us ensure that all our aviation projects continue to be delivered to the highest standard of quality and safety, providing investors with the market insight and optimisation potential of aviation assets worldwide,” says David Beare, Head of Aviation Transaction and Business Advisory at Mott MacDonald.