Gogo announces changes to its leadership team

Gogo's John Wade shows off Gogo Vision.
Gogo’s John Wade shows off Gogo Vision.

Gogo has announced a series of leadership changes that it says are “designed to strengthen its organisational structure and increase alignment with the company’s objectives of driving quality for airlines and passengers and sharpening its operational focus”.

John Wade will serve as the first President of Gogo’s Commercial Aviation Division (CA).

In this new position, he will have end-to-end responsibility for managing all aspects of the CA inflight connectivity business, including product development, technology, sales, account management, quality, marketing and all aspects of product delivery.

Wade, who joined Gogo in November 2008, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since August 2016, a role in which he ran account management, program management, quality, production and logistics.

Prior to his role as COO, he served as General Manager of Gogo’s Business Aviation division which, under his leadership, achieved a leading market position and continuing strong financial performance.

Wade has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry, including numerous leadership positions in the avionics and inflight communications industry.

Prior to joining Gogo, he served as Chief Technical Officer and General Manager of OnAir, an in-flight mobile phone and internet provider.

Sergio Aguirre will serve as President of Gogo’s Business Aviation Division. Aguirre will continue to be responsible for managing the Business Aviation (BA) division and will now report directly to the CEO, Oakleigh Thorne. Aguirre joined the company in 2002.

Since August 2016, he has served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of BA. Aguirre is an aviation industry veteran with more than 30 years’ experience.

Jon Cobin will serve as Chief Strategy Officer and EVP Corporate Development. In this newly created role, Cobin will be responsible for leading its company-wide business, strategic planning and corporate development efforts as Gogo seeks to “leverage the CA and BA product portfolios to drive growth and shareholder value”.

Cobin joined the company in 2010 and has held various leadership positions in the CA division, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

Prior to joining Gogo, Cobin served as the head of strategy at Centennial Communications and held positions of increasing responsibility as a strategy consultant at Dean & Company and in investment banking at J.P. Morgan.

Anand Chari, who has served as the Company’s Chief Technology Officer since 2011, will move into a new role as Strategic Technology Advisor. Chari has been with Gogo since 2003 and has been instrumental in the design and development of the company’s ground-breaking ATG (air-to-ground) and 2Ku (satellite) products.

“Gogo has a deep bench of talent and this realigns our leadership structure to accelerate our strategic priorities of driving quality for airlines and passengers and sharpening our operational focus,” said Oakleigh Thorne, Gogo’s president and CEO.

“These appointments will help us fully capitalise on John and Sergio’s deep aviation experience while enhancing accountability with end-to-end responsibility for our two critical divisions.

“We are also confident that Jon’s new role will help maximise the value of inflight internet and help us realise our significant long-term growth and value creation opportunities.”

The appointments are effective as of May 1, 2018.

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