Executive Officers

Jeffrey A. Leddy, Executive Chairman of the Company

Jeffrey A. Leddy has been Executive Chairman of our Company and Chairman of our Board of Directors since April 2018 and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2013. He served as our Chief Executive Officer from February 2017 to March 2018. Mr. Leddy previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Telematics, Inc. (formerly Hughes Telematics, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Verizon Communications in July 2012) from December 2006 until January 2015 and served as a member of its board of directors from April 2006 to July 2012. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the boards of directors of various Hughes Communications-affiliated companies. From April 2003 through December 2006, Mr. Leddy served as Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyTerra Communications, Inc., and he served on its board of directors from 2006 to 2008. Prior to becoming Skyterra’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Leddy served in the roles of President, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations for that company. Mr. Leddy received his BA in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

 

Joshua Marks, Chief Executive Officer

Joshua B. Marks joined our company in August 2015 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2018. He previously served as our Executive Vice President, Connectivity from April 2017 to March 2018 and as our Senior Vice President, Operations Solutions from August 2015 through June 2016. From January 2011 to August 2015, Mr. Marks was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Marks Systems, Inc. (d/b/a masFlight), an aviation big-data analytics company that he co-founded and that we acquired in August 2015. From February 2008 to December 2010, Mr. Marks was the Chief Financial Officer and a Director of eJet Aviation Holdings, a provider of VIP aircraft maintenance services, and the Executive Director of the American Aviation Institute, a commercial aviation policy think-tank. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Marks served as a senior executive of MAXjet Airways, a transatlantic premium airline he co-founded. Earlier in his career, Mr. Marks served as Associate Director of the George Washington University aviation institute and held key roles at two technology companies, Virtualis Systems (acquired by Allegiance Telecom) and VelociGen (acquired by SOA Software). Mr. Marks holds a BA and an MBA from Harvard University.

 

Walé Adepoju, EVP Chief Strategy Officer

Walé Adepoju joined our company in July 2014 and has been our Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer since April 2018. He previously served as our Executive Vice President, Media & Content from September 2016 to March 2018 and as our Chief Commercial Officer from May 2014 through August 2016. From September 2013 to April 2014, Mr. Adepoju was Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Inflight Alliance AG (“AIA”) and previously served as AIA’s Chief Strategy Officer from April 2012 to August 2013. From May 2000 to April 2012, Mr. Adepoju served as Managing Director at IMDC Aviation Consulting. Prior to IMDC, Mr. Adepoju served as Director of Strategy at Spafax. Earlier in his career, Mr. Adepoju worked as an air transport analyst providing key investment advice on aerospace companies and products. Mr. Adepoju holds a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a Masters in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University.

 

Stephen Ballas, EVP General Counsel and Secretary

Stephen Ballas joined the Company as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in April 2016 and has been our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since September 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ballas was a Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) from July 2013 to April 2016. From July 2011 to July 2013, Mr. Ballas served as a Senior Counsel at CBRE Global Investors, which is CBRE Group’s real estate investment management arm. He served as a Vice President at GSO Capital Partners, the credit-investment arm of The Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX), from 2010 to 2011, and as a Senior Counsel at the New York based hedge fund TPG-Axon Capital from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Ballas was a corporate associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Ballas has a BA in Economics from Duke University and a JD from Georgetown Law School.

 

Per Norén, EVP, Chief Commercial Officer

Per Norén joined our company in March 2017 and has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer since April 2018. He previously served as our Senior Vice President, Aviation Connectivity from March 2017 to March 2018. From August 2007 to February 2017, Mr. Norén held several senior positions at The Boeing Company, including as its Chief Customer Officer for Digital Aviation from January 2016 to February 2017, as its Vice President, Digital Solutions from January 2013 to December 2015 and as its Vice President, Information Services from January 2010 to December 2012. He was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Carmen Systems, a technology, analytics and software company for the aviation and transportation industries, from 1998 to 2007. Mr. Norén graduated from the Swedish Military Academy and the Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law at The University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He also has a degree from the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.

 

Paul Rainey, Chief Financial Officer

Paul Rainey joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer in April 2017. Mr. Rainey previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Harris CapRock Communications from May 2014 to April 2017. Prior to Harris CapRock Communications, Mr. Rainey served as Chief Financial Officer of General Electric Company’s (NYSE: GE) Lighting Professional Solutions business from March 2013 to April 2014 and as Chief Financial Officer of its Power Equipment business from March 2010 to February 2013. Prior to March 2010, Mr. Rainey served in two senior financial planning and analysis roles at General Electric from January 2007 to March 2010 and from October 2003 to October 2005. Between those appointments, Mr. Rainey served as a FamilyLife missionary from November 2005 to December 2006. Mr. Rainey currently serves on the boards of directors of Cutwell 4 Kids and America Responds with Love, and previously served on the boards of directors of Hesed Consulting, Georgia CASA and the Notre Dame Business Advisory Council. Mr. Rainey has a MS in Accountancy and a BBA in Finance and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Sarlina See, Chief Accounting Officer

Sarlina See joined the Company as Chief Accounting Officer in May 2017. Ms. See previously served as Global Business Unit Controller of Stanley Oil & Gas, which is a division of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK), from May 2013 to May 2017. From January 2008 through May 2013, Ms. See served as the Global Controller at Digital Energy, a division of GE Energy Connections (which is a business unit of General Electric Company). Prior to that, Ms. See held other senior finance positions and audit roles at various General Electric Company business units from 1997 to 2007. Ms. See has a BBA in Accounting from Idaho State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

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