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Elias F. Habayeb

American International Group, Inc.
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
New York, NY, USA

Elias Habayeb is a member of the Executive Finance Leadership Group and leads AIG Corporate Finance which includes controllers, tax, financial planning and analysis, performance  management, investments finance and the  business partners supporting Legacy and the Corporate Center. In his current role, Elias has been integral to defining and implementing AIG's strategy. He has led part of the effort to transition the company to a modular structure, including an overhaul of financial disclosures and key performance metrics. He has also played an important role in managing AIG's expense structure and achieving significant cost reductions.

Elias' distinguished career in finance also includes his leadership of ILFC's successful divestiture from AIG. He was the CFO and a member of ILFC's Executive Management Team and led the preparation efforts for either an initial public offering or a private sale, which ultimately led to AerCap's purchase of ILFC in May 2014. While at ILFC, Elias notably transformed the company's finance function into a more efficient and value-contributing operation, restructured ILFC's capital structure, and significantly reduced its funding-liquidity risk. Prior to ILFC, Elias held various leadership positions for AIG, including Senior Vice President, Investments and Financial Services from 2010 to 2011. From 2005 to 2009, Elias served as Chief Financial Officer of AIG Financial Services Division, which included consumer finance, aircraft leasing, capital markets, premium finance,and commercial equipment finance .

Before his tenure at AIG, Elias was a partner in Deloitte & Touche's Capital Markets Group where he was one of the firm's leaders on accounting for financial instruments and advising clients on derivatives and structured transactions. Elias earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Syracuse University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

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