It was at the time the largest aircraft leasing company in the world. Its collapse was an international event and one of the biggest Irish business failures of modern times. The story of its decline and fall is told by Chris Brown, a senior executive, in the form of a diary which he kept at the time. He ascribes much of the blame for the collapse of GPA to its charismatic founder, the late Dr Tony Ryan whose autocratic management style brooked no opposition. But out of the ashes of the GPA debacle arose another one of Ryan' s businesses: from small beginnings Ryanair has grown to be the largest airline in Europe less than twenty years later.
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Originally from Northumberland, the author spent 12 years as an airline lawyer - 9 of them with Freddie Laker. Joined GPA Leasing division in 1985. After GE Capital arrived in 1993, stayed with GECAS until 1996. Thereafter an aviation consultant, working in UK and Guernsey. Now lives by the Peak District with 2nd wife, Elaine. Daughter Lucy is an actor: son, Mark, a film maker.
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