• Shapiro, a Seasoned Airline Investor and Passenger Experience Expert, to Cover Future Travel Experience Trends

New York | August 26, 2014– In an industry as fast-paced and exciting as the airline passenger experience, some strategies are far likelier than others to succeed. It’s an environment where it pays to be aggressively informed and ambitious – which is why the APEX/IFSA EXPO selected one of the industry’s leading experts to kick off a day of riveting educational programming. Edward Shapiro, partner and vice president of PAR Capital Management and longtime investor in airlines, services and IFEC, has an unmatched perspective on the factors driving the passenger experience and recently was chosen to give the keynote address at the APEX/IFSA EXPO.

The APEX/IFSA EXPO – the largest industry-driven tradeshow devoted to the entire passenger experience – will be 15-18 September in Anaheim, California USA. The event is expected to draw 3,500 attendees and is hosted by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and the International Flight Services Association (IFSA). Click here to register.

In addition to his experience as an investor, Shapiro is chairman of Global Eagle Entertainment, Legend 3D Inc. and Lumexis Corporation and a director of Sonifi Solutions. He is a member of the Wharton Undergraduate Board at the University of Pennsylvania, vice chairman of the Trust Board for Boston’s Children’s Hospital, a board member of The Rashi School in Dedham, Mass. and Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. Previously, Shapiro served on the board of US Airways. He also served as a vice president at Wellington Management Company and was an analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co.

“We are honored to have Mr. Shapiro kick off our 2014 EXPO. His airline savvy and reputation for knowing what will and won’t move this industry promises invaluable insight into how airlines are leveraging technology, differentiating products and generating new sources of ancillary revenue. I’m sure attendees will gain some new perspective on how the rapidly evolving media and entertainment industries are impacting the airline passenger experience,” said Alfy Veretto, president of APEX and manager of IFE and Partnerships at Virgin America. “Coming from an airline, I’m personally excited to hear what Mr. Shapiro has to say about where our industry is headed.”

Shapiro’s keynote address will kick off a series of educational seminars and discussions of topics that are moving the airline passenger experience. A full educational agenda can be found here, and below are a few highlights.

  • How will the “Internet of Everything” change everything? Take a close look at the aviation industry, presented by Howard Charney, Cisco.
  • What is next in cabin innovation? Airbus presents how cabins are effectively and efficiently designed to meet the needs of passengers and airlines.
  • What prevalence will closed captioning have inflight? Hear an update on the issue straight from Washington D.C.
  • Music labels and royalty agencies discuss how airlines and CSPs can best work with them in light of recent changes to licensing processes.
  • Federal Communications Commission representative presents on radio frequency guidelines with the rise of inflight connectivity.

The APEX/IFSA EXPO brings together industry thought leaders and decision-makers, such as Shapiro, under one roof for riveting educational programming, a massive tradeshow floor and invaluable networking events. Registration for the event is now open. To learn more about the opportunities available at EXPO, visit apexifsaexpo.aero.

Los Angeles, CA | January 21, 2014 – Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT) today announced that it has promoted Dave Davis to Chief Operating Officer.  Davis previously served as, and will continue in the role of, CFO.

“Dave joined Global Eagle just prior to the merger that created our company,” said Ed Shapiro, Chairman of the Board of Global Eagle Entertainment. “In that time, he has helped lead the organization through a number of successful milestones, including completing two acquisitions, significantly strengthening the finance and administrative teams, and raising new capital to support growth.  In his expanded role, Dave will be instrumental in achieving the ambitious goals we’ve set for our company.

In his new and expanded role as COO, Davis will have responsibility for the operating, administrative, and shared services functions of the company.  In addition, his key priorities will be integrating the businesses Global Eagle has acquired, developing a world-class organization and management team, achieving revenue and earnings goals, and developing new strategic relationships for the company.

Commenting on his promotion, Davis said, “This is a very exciting time for Global Eagle.  We have built a strong foundation with exceptional assets and a solid financial position.  I look forward to continuing to work with our talented team to drive results for our customers and investors.”

Mr. Davis has over 20 years of financial and business management experience in airline and related industries.  Before joining Global Eagle as CFO in November 2012, Mr. Davis spent three and half years in private equity, first as Senior Managing Director of Perseus LLC, then as Partner and Co-Founder of Bearpath Capital LLC.  He previously was with Northwest Airlines for a total of nearly nine years, where he was appointed to the role of EVP and CFO and played a key role in the merger of Northwest and Delta Airlines in 2008.  Mr. Davis also previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Kraton Polymers and US Airways. Earlier in his career, he worked for both Rockwell International and BF Goodrich Aerospace.  Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics degree from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Irvine, CA | December 18, 2013– Lumexis Corporation today announced the promotion of the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Lou Sharkey, to the additional role of President, continuing to report to Doug Cline, Chief Executive Officer. Chairman of the Lumexis Board of Directors, Ed Shapiro, explained that “Lou has more than twenty years of operations and engineering management experience, including a key managerial role with Doug at Sony Trans Com. He has maintained that close collaboration with Doug at Lumexis and has been a central figure in the growth and success of the company.”

Cline added that “I am immensely pleased by Lou’s stellar progress. Under his direction, the exceptional Lumexis team developed and delivered a disruptive fiber optic technology to the airline industry with unprecedented success. Now, as President, he will continue to guide its major growth into commencement of line-fit at the major aircraft OEMs.”