Steven F. Udvar-Hazy

First Inductee

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy (1946-)

is President and CEO of International Lease Finance Corporation, the leading commercial aircraft owner/lessor, operating worldwide. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, where he attended elementary school until 1958, when he escaped with his family to Stockholm, Sweden, after the Hungarian uprising and subsequent Soviet occupation. In July of 1958, he emigrated with his family to the United States, where they eventually settled in Los Angeles, Calif.

In 1968, he received a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Economics and a minor in International Relations from UCLA. That year, he also received his private pilot’s license. In 1973, he formed Interlease Group, Inc., which today is International Lease Finance Corporation. In 1980, he graduated from the Stanford Graduate Business School Airline Management course. He holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license and has more than 6,000 hours of flying time, including 5,000 hours in jets. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Skywest Airlines, Inc., and is on the Board of several foundations, educational institutions and corporations. In 1990, he served as commencement speaker and received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Dixie College. He and his wife, the former Chris Henneman, are the parents of two sons and two daughters.