Gogo has announced a series of leadership changes, effective 1 May, 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, current executive vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as the first president of Gogo’s Commercial Aviation Division (CA), he will have end-to-end responsibility for managing all aspects of the CA business, including product development, technology, sales, account management, quality, marketing and all aspects of product delivery.
Sergio Aguirre will serve as president of Gogo’s Business Aviation Division reporting directly to the CEO, Oakleigh Thorne.
Jon Cobin, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief commercial officer will serve in the newly created role of chief strategy officer and EVP corporate development. Cobin will be responsible for leading Gogo’s companywide business, strategic planning and corporate development efforts as Gogo seeks to leverage the CA and BA product portfolios to drive growth and shareholder value.
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 Gogo 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 in-flight internet and help us realise our significant long-term growth and value creation opportunities.”