CHICAGO, May 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Gogo Inc.
(NASDAQ: GOGO) ("Gogo") announced today the appointment of
individuals to fill two senior leadership positions. Gustavo Nader will join Gogo as the new Chief
Strategy Officer and Melissa Hale
will serve as Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing.
"The addition of Melissa and Gustavo to our Gogo senior
leadership team is good news for our company. They each have deep
aviation acumen in their respective fields that will prove
invaluable as we continue on our growth trajectory," said
Oakleigh Thorne, Gogo's Chairman and
CEO. "We are excited to welcome them onboard."
As Chief Strategy Officer, Nader, a telecommunications executive
with 30 years of experience in the terrestrial and satellite
communications industries, will oversee Gogo's strategy and
be responsible for facilitating strategic planning, sustaining
implementation efforts, and exploring strategic opportunities and
partnerships through business development as the company progresses
in its technology evolution.
"With Gustavo's breadth of experience and expertise, he will be
tasked with directing our strategic planning efforts as Gogo
continues to capitalize on our competitive advantages and
innovative technologies. I'm confident he will help us to
anticipate and interpret market shifts, realize long-term growth
opportunities, and drive shareholder value," said Thorne.
"Gogo enjoys an enviable market position and a technologically
robust and differentiated service," Nader said. "I'm delighted to
be joining such a uniquely talented team and look forward to
leveraging my experience in the telecommunications and connectivity
industries to help the company secure continued and sustainable
Prior to joining Gogo, Nader was the Head of Strategy for Thales
InFlyt Experience, in charge of the company's global strategy for
inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC). Nader also served
as Vice President of International Corporate Development with
Echostar, focused on the development of international satellite and
spectrum assets for fixed and mobile satellite services. Nader has
also held senior positions at Inmarsat, Ligado Networks and
T-Mobile (formerly Sprint Nextel).
He holds a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering and Master
of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech).
Melissa Hale, a proven leader
with a rich aviation background and 17 years of business
experience, joins Gogo as Senior Vice President of Product and
Marketing. Hale will be responsible for driving alignment in Gogo's
Product and Marketing organizations to further deliver on
"Melissa's impressive and proven experience in all aspects of
business will serve to elevate and align our product and marketing
efforts as we hone our customer focus, continue to enhance our
AVANCE offerings, and execute our 5G go-to market strategy. I'm
excited for her to be at the helm and lead our teams through this
transformational time," said Sergio
Aguirre, President of Gogo Business Aviation.
Hale said, "I am incredibly grateful and excited to be joining
Gogo. I look forward to learning from the team, growing together,
and contributing to the continued success of this unique and
Prior to joining Gogo, Hale was Director of Program Avionics at
Gulfstream Aerospace, and held roles in operations, customer
support, programs, engineering, and sales and marketing. With early
roots as a C-130 pilot, Hale is a combat veteran with expert
knowledge of avionics, services, and business aircraft systems.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Physics from The
University of Texas at Austin and her
MBA from Georgia Southern.
Gogo is the world's largest provider of
broadband connectivity services for the business aviation
market. We offer a customizable suite of smart cabin systems
for highly integrated connectivity, inflight entertainment and
voice solutions. Gogo's products and services are installed on
thousands of business aircraft of all sizes and mission types from
turboprops to the largest global jets, and are utilized by the
largest fractional ownership operators, charter operators,
corporate flight departments and individuals.
As of March 31, 2021, Gogo
reported 1,900 business aircraft flying with Gogo's AVANCE L5 or L3
system installed, 5,892 aircraft flying with its ATG systems
onboard, and 4,614 aircraft with satellite connectivity installed.
Connect with us at business.gogoair.com.
SOURCE Gogo Inc.