Dan Pietrzak is on the aviation investment team at BlackRock trading and leasing used commercial aircraft and spare engines. His responsibilities include originating, negotiating, and closing transactions that include sale-lease backs, direct asset purchase and sales, and operating and capital lease financing structures. Dan retired from Delta in 2019 after a 31-year career with the airline. Dan was Managing Director of Fleet Management for Delta Air Lines. He was responsible for managing and executing mainline and regional fleet renewal and procurement strategies whether through new aircraft campaigns or creating and capitalizing on opportunities in the secondary market, working closely with Network Planning, Technical Operations, and Finance / Treasury teams. Dan was also responsible for negotiation and management of leased aircraft as well as fleet disposition. Since Delta’s merger with Northwest in October 2008, Dan was instrumental in negotiating a number of wide-body, narrow-body, and regional aircraft campaigns including having overall responsibility for the Entry-Into-Service, acceptance, and delivery of over 350 aircraft. Dan also led cross-disciplinary teams involved in lease acquisition in the secondary market, entry-into-service conversion, and bridging activity of Delta’s entire B-717 fleet as well of the expansion via the secondary market of Delta’s MD90, B-757-200, B-737-800, and E170 fleet types. Dan further transformed Delta’s fleet retiring aircraft such as the B-747-400, MD88, domestic 767-300s, and CRJ200 and led the sale and disposition of hundreds of aircraft, simulators, and spare engines. Dan began his airline career at Northwest Airlines in 1988 and held various positions with increasing responsibility within Engineering, Supply Chain, Treasury and Fleet organizations. Dan was a key contributor to NWA’s highly successful bankruptcy reorganization through aircraft debt and lease restructuring, purchase of aircraft off lease, and the return of rejected aircraft. Dan has been an active member of ISTAT since 1997, has served as a Board member since 2005. Dan started his aviation career at Dassault followed by a move to Northrop Grumman before joining NWA. Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.