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Guardian Jet Appoints Rafael Mugnaini to Vice President, South America

March 31, 2022

Guilford, Conn. March 31, 2022 Guardian Jet, the world leader in aircraft brokerage, appraisals, and consulting, is pleased to announce the addition of Rafael Mugnaini to the role of Vice President, South America.

Rafael joins Guardian Jet with a rich history in the aviation industry. For more than twenty years, he has amassed meaningful experience in developing new markets for companies and leading sales teams in client-facing positions. This involvement in the industry makes Rafael the perfect candidate to foster Guardian Jet’s relationships in the South American territory.

As Guardian Jet expands its commitment to South America, the Vice President role that Rafael will be filling is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with the company’s aircraft brokerage and consulting prospects and clients. He will also manage vendor relationships to expand upon Guardian Jet’s industry partners.

“I’m incredibly excited about Rafael joining the Guardian Jet team. For those of you who know me, you know that my time in Latin America was an immensely important part of my career, specifically Brazil. I have some great friends in Brazil, and it has always had a special place in my heart because, for me, it’s where my career took off.” Said Don Dwyer, Managing Partner of Guardian Jet, LLC. “I think Rafael shares Guardian Jet’s desire to be a customer centric organization, he has all the tools to be successful. We’re looking forward to a great partnership going forward.”

Starting in 2019, Rafael served as the Commercial Director at Comexport, the first and largest Brazilian trading company. It was there that he bolstered the commercial standards by creating a Marketing Intelligence department to develop new opportunities for the company. Rafael worked with Comexport for a total of three years.

“I accepted the opportunity to join Guardian Jet with great enthusiasm.” Said Rafael Mugnaini. “Guardian Jet possesses a unique and high-quality solution that I believe isn’t found in any other firm in our industry. Our unified team and strong intelligence platform truly make us a strong competitor in a global market. My biggest mission, in this new chapter with the Guardian Jet family, is to continue to offer the best information on the market in an ethical, transparent manner. I want to keep our clients well-informed on all their important aviation decisions, while creating professional, long-lasting relationships in the process.”

For eight years, Rafael served as a Sales Director at TAM Aviação Executiva. There he led a sales team, gaining market share by developing and executing new creative strategies in sales. In his time there, he worked closely with Textron Aviation, Bell Helicopters, and Flight Safety. Before his tenure at TAM Aviação Executiva, Rafael led sales for Embraer Executive Jets in the Latin American Region. He saw great success and significant growth in market share for Embraer.

Rafael earned a bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering from the University Center of FEI in São Paulo, Brazil, as well as a post-graduate certificate in marketing from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado. Rafael earned an MBA from Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa.

About Guardian Jet

Founded in 2002, Guardian Jet, LLC is a world leader in aircraft brokerage, appraisals, and consulting. Based in Guilford, Connecticut—with satellite offices throughout the United States, Central America, South America, and Europe—the firm distinguishes itself through integrity, transparency, and industry expertise. Guardian Jet’s core mission has always been to earn the right to buy and sell aircraft on behalf of its clientele by providing great consulting advice, market intelligence, and flawless execution. The Vault, Guardian Jet’s aviation asset management portal, is designed to give clients access to search for replacement aircraft and easily manage an aircraft just as they would an asset, all in real-time.

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