• Vishwa Uddanwadiker named Boeing’s interim CIO

Chicago | October 22, 2019–The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) today named Stan Deal to succeed Kevin McAllister as president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Ted Colbert to succeed Deal as president and CEO of Boeing Global Services, effective immediately. Vishwa Uddanwadiker is appointed to Colbert’s former role as interim chief information officer and senior vice president of Information Technology & Data Analytics.

“Our entire Boeing team is focused on operational excellence, aligned with our values of safety, quality and integrity, and we’re committed to delivering on our commitments and regaining trust with our regulators, customers and other stakeholders,” Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said. “Stan brings extensive operational experience at Commercial Airplanes and trusted relationships with our airline customers and industry partners; and Ted brings to our Global Services business an enterprise approach to customers and strong digital business expertise—a key component of our long-term growth plans.”

“We’re grateful to Kevin for his dedicated and tireless service to Boeing, its customers and its communities during a challenging time, and for his commitment to support this transition,” said Muilenburg. “We also thank Vishwa for stepping up to this important role.”

“The Boeing board fully supports these leadership moves,” said Boeing Chairman David Calhoun. “Boeing will emerge stronger than ever from its current challenges and the changes we’re making throughout Boeing will benefit the flying public well into the future.”

“Boeing is a great company with a commitment to safety I have seen firsthand working side-by-side with many thousands of tremendously talented and dedicated employees,” said McAllister. “It has been an honor to serve with such a professional team for the past three years.”

Stan Deal Biography
Stan Deal joined Boeing in 1986, and is executive vice president of Boeing and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Prior to this role, Deal was president and chief executive officer of Boeing Global Services. He is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council.  Deal led Boeing Global Services from its establishment in November 2016 as a third business unit of the company, bringing together services capabilities that span the defense, space and commercial sectors. Prior to leading Boeing Global Services, Deal had held a number of essential leadership positions at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, including running its supply chain and serving as sales leader for the Asia-Pacific region.

Ted Colbert Biography
Ted Colbert joined Boeing in 2009 and is executive vice president of Boeing, a member of the Boeing Executive Council, and president and CEO of Boeing Global Services. In his prior role he served as chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice president of Information Technology & Data Analytics. In this role, he oversaw all aspects of information technology, information security, data and analytics. He also supported the growth of Boeing’s business through IT- and analytics-related revenue generating programs.

Prior to his role as CIO, he led the company’s Information Technology Infrastructure organization where he was responsible for developing and maintaining network, computing, server, storage, collaboration and infrastructure solutions across the enterprise. Before that, he led the IT Business Systems organization where he managed the computing application systems that support Boeing Finance, Human Resources, Corporate and Commercial Capital Business Units, as well as the company’s internal systems.

Vishwa Uddanwadiker Biography
Vishwa Uddanwadiker is interim chief information officer and senior vice president of Information Technology & Data Analytics. He was most recently the vice president of Information Technology for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, he was responsible for partnering with the BCA leadership team and implementing the business unit’s Digital Transformation strategy.

Previously, he was the Boeing IT director for Manufacturing & Quality Systems, which included manufacturing execution systems, factory automation systems and quality systems. Before joining Boeing, Uddanwadiker worked at Honeywell India where he held numerous leadership roles within the IT application development and support business unit and led large teams working on complex integration projects.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.

Thales has appointed Philippe Carette as Chief Executive Officer to lead the InFlyt Experience business. The business is a leading provider of cutting-edge technologies that entertain, connect and inspire more than 1 million airline passengers each day around the globe.

He replaces Dominique Giannoni, who managed the successful growth of Thales InFlyt Experience during the past 5 years and now takes on a new leadership role within Thales.

Mr. Carette will drive the company’s strategic corporate transformation initiatives within the business to spur greater competitiveness and long-term market leadership. He will also steer the digitalization of the connectivity and entertainment systems portfolio to deliver unique value to airline customers in a rapidly evolving cabin environment. This includes the recently introduced InFlyt360 digital platform, which allows airlines to continuously improve the passenger experience with features such as personalization, monetization, fresh and dynamic content and optimized engagement.

“Philippe is a proven leader in the aerospace industry shaping strong businesses,” said Thales Avionics Executive Vice-President Gil Michielin. “His expertise in innovative advanced technologies will also help drive our continued digital transformation and long-term growth strategy.”

“Philippe’s focus on customer success makes him an indispensable partner for airline customers,” said Alan Pellegrini, CEO of Thales USA. “He brings a global perspective and unwavering commitment to excellence in execution and customer service.”

Mr. Carette has spent more than 30 years in the aviation industry and previously held several leadership positions within Thales, to include the head of the Electrical Systems business and vice president and managing director of the Commercial Avionics unit. Prior to joining Thales, he was president of Deutsch Aerospace & Transportation – TE Connectivity; managing director at ALTEN; president and managing director at Sogeti High Tech, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cap Gemini; and managing director at Safran Group for Engineering Services and Electrical Systems. He holds a degree in engineering from the Institut polytechnique de Grenoble in France.

Toronto, Ontario | September 26, 2016– GuestLogix Inc.(“GuestLogix” or the “Company”), the leading global provider of onboard retail and payment technology to the airline and passenger travel industry, announced it has successfully emerged from creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (the “CCAA”) under a new ownership group and CEO, Mike Abramsky. With a renewed financial footing and new leadership, GuestLogix is now a viable, debt-free private company with the resources necessary to pursue its growth plans and the continued advancement of its onboard retail technology platform. GuestLogix’ new owners are a Canadian investor group with a strong track record of investing in high-growth technology businesses, and include Stornoway Portfolio Management Inc., Bridgecorp Canada Inc., Logan Peak Capital Inc. and Klass Capital Corporation.

GuestLogix’ new CEO, Mike Abramsky, is a global technology leader with a solid track record of leading businesses to sustainable growth, client value and profitability. A seasoned technology executive, for two decades Mike has held leadership positions at Argus Software, Delrina Corp, Xerox and other organizations. Mike was also a Managing Director for RBC Capital Markets. Mike holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston) and an MBA from Harvard University.

“This is a very exciting time for GuestLogix,” said Mike Abramsky, CEO, GuestLogix Inc. “With a solid and engaged team, and many of the largest and most diverse set of airline and travel partners as loyal customers – along with the most comprehensive onboard retail solution in the industry – GuestLogix remains the global leader in the in-flight ancillary revenue space. We are well positioned to help our clients and partners drive strong ancillary revenue, and to offer differentiated passenger retail experiences driving customer loyalty.”

“We are delighted to have Mike Abramsky lead the team and global business at GuestLogix,” commented Scott Reid President & founder of Stornoway Portfolio Management. “With a strong track record of revitalizing the operations of global firms, Mike brings deep expertise in leading world-class technology companies to drive unique and strong client value.”

Under Mike’s leadership, GuestLogix plans to continue to bring to market innovative, value-added solutions that power the travel industry’s most popular onboard retail offerings – whether in use by thousands of Flight Attendants or via self-service systems such as in-flight entertainment seat back screens and onboard streaming solutions. GuestLogix also powers the retail and ticketing systems of rail operators as well as the world’s largest airport lounge company. GuestLogix currently processes transactions in 144 countries around the world and supports a global client base which in turn serves over 2.4 million travelers daily.

Geneva, Switzerland | December 7, 2015– SITA today announced that David Lavorel, currently SITA’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and CEO Office, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of SITAONAIR effective 1st January 2016. Lavorel succeeds Ian Dawkins who is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.

Francesco Violante, CEO of SITA, said: “During his five year tenure leading OnAir, which became SITAONAIR in January of this year, Ian has grown the Company and positioned it as a leading provider of nose-to-tail connected aircraft solutions. I would like to thank Ian for his hard work and dedication and wish him the best in the next phase of his career.”

David Lavorel joined SITA in 2000 holding pivotal roles as Head of the France Telecom Partnership management and as Vice President Mergers and Acquisitions before being appointed as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and CEO office in 2012. In this role, David has been instrumental in driving the development and execution of SITA’s growth ambitions through a number of strategic programs and acquisitions. This includes his leading role in the development of SITA’s 2020 Vision and Strategy, the strategic evolution of OnAir as a fully owned subsidiary of the SITA Group three years ago and his leadership driving SITA’s connected aircraft strategy which led to the creation of SITAONAIR earlier this year. He has deep knowledge of the OnAir business to which he has directly contributed in recent years as a Board Director of OnAir.

Violante continued: “Under David’s leadership, SITAONAIR will continue its strategic focus on growing revenues and helping airlines realize the full potential of the connected aircraft. He is well positioned to lead the organization in its next phase of growth and we wish him much success in this new role.”

  • Chairman and CEO David McGlade to Transition to Executive Chairman Role, and Spengler to CEO Role, Effective April 1, 2015

Luxembourg | December 11, 2014– Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that current Intelsat President and Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Spengler has been promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Under the company’s succession plan, Intelsat Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David McGlade will transition to the position of Executive Chairman, effective April 1, 2015, at which time Mr. Spengler will become Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McGlade will have served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer for 10 years.

Mr. Spengler has been with Intelsat in various executive positions since 2003, including serving as Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Strategy. Mr. Spengler has nearly 30 years’ experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry. During his tenure at the company, Mr. Spengler led the development of Intelsat’s global mobility network, in which Intelsat now has a leading share of maritime and aeronautical broadband services. He has also overseen the development of the company’s next generation satellite platform, Intelsat EpicNG®, of which the first satellite is expected to launch in late 2015.

In announcing these changes, Mr. McGlade stated, “Steve is a proven leader with outstanding customer and communications industry knowledge and the ability to execute a global plan. His vision has been instrumental in driving our next generation strategy, and in building new innovative services with the commercial satellite services we provide.”

“Intelsat’s role in providing global connectivity has never been more relevant than it is today,” said Mr. Spengler. “Our entire company is focused on delivering services that support the future growth of our customers. I am honored to lead our team during a period when our technology and services are poised to accelerate the spread of broadband connectivity globally.”