Our Board of Directors
Behind every great management team is a long list of accolades, degrees, and student loans. Our distinguished group of managers and board of directors are no different. We at Gogo have brought together some of the most renowned minds in the ecommerce and communications industries, and watched as they infused the company with their genius. Their active participation in our day-to-day operations has made Gogo the world’s leading provider of in-air connectivity. Never have we been so proud to display their photographs than right now. Thank you for your interest in our team.
Ronald T. LeMay
Chairman of the Board
Ronald T. LeMay was named Chairman of the Board in February 2010, following seven months serving as the company’s President and CEO. In his role as Chairman, Mr. LeMay works closely with President and CEO Michael Small on Gogo’s overall strategy and operations, providing unique insight, guidance and perspective, drawing from his time leading the company.
Mr. LeMay is a 40-year veteran of the communications industry, having served as an officer of Southwestern Bell, AT&T and Sprint. His Sprint career spanned 18 years and included starting up Sprint PCS as its first employee and serving as its CEO. Sprint PCS grew to $10B in annual revenues faster than any other company before or since.
Mr. LeMay also served as President and COO of Sprint from 1996 until his retirement in 2003, when he became an Industrial Partner for Ripplewood Holdings, a private equity firm and one of Gogo’s investors. He also served as CEO of Japan Telecom, a Ripplewood portfolio company.
Over the last six years, Mr. LeMay has also been extensively involved in the formation, startup, growth and financing of numerous technology, services and wireless companies. He currently serves as CEO and Chairman of MachineryLink, Inc., as well as Director of Allstate Corporation, Imation Corporation, Zave Networks and Erecycling Corps.
Mr. LeMay holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Arkansas University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas.
Robert L. Crandall
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AMR Corporation and American Airlines
The Wall Street Journal has called Robert L. Crandall, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AMR Corporation and American Airlines, “the man who changed the way the world flies.” During his 25-year tenure at American Airlines, Crandall was instrumental in introducing several changes which revolutionized the travel industry.
In 1973, Crandall sponsored a project to modernize American’s SABRE computer reservations system, thus laying the groundwork for what eventually became The SABRE Group, now a leading provider of computing and communications services for airlines throughout the world. In 1975, Crandall created Super Saver fares, which introduced the concept of deep discounts for advance-purchase tickets. Subsequently, he led the development of the industry’s first yield management system, a revenue-maximizing approach now used throughout the airline industry. In 1980, he created AAdvantage, the industry’s first frequent flyer program, and in 1983, launched an expansion program which more than tripled American’s size and transformed it from a medium-sized domestic carrier to one of the world’s leading international airlines with revenues of more than $20 billion.
Mr. Crandall is currently Chairman and a Director of Celestica Inc. and is a Director of, or a consultant to, several non-public companies including Gogo.
Among the many national and trade publications that have honored Mr. Crandall for his achievements and executive leadership are Business Week, Industry Week, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Financial World, and Air Transport World. In April 1997, Mr. Crandall received the Horatio Alger Award, which honors individuals who have achieved success despite challenging life circumstances.
A native of Westerly, R.I., he is a 1957 graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1960.
Mr. Crandall and his wife, Jan, live in Florida and Massachusetts. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren, and enjoy bridge, sailing and gardening.
Lawrence N. Lavine
Senior Managing Director, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
Larry Lavine is a Senior Managing Director of Ripplewood Holdings, LLC. Mr. Lavine joined Ripplewood in July 2004 after a 28 year career in investment banking. Mr. Lavine was previously a Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston in it’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He joined CSFB in 2000 as part of the acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he had been a Managing Director in M&A since 1987. He started his career on Wall Street at Kidder Peabody & Co. Incorporated in 1976. Mr. Lavine’s investment banking career was spent advising public and privately held companies in all types of merger and acquisition transactions across all industries. At Ripplewood, Mr. Lavine has focused primarily on companies in the financial services and telecommunications industries and is the lead partner on Ripplewood’s investment in Commercial International Bank (Cairo) and Gogo.
Mr. Lavine received his MBA, with the highest distinction, from the Harvard Business School in 1976 where he was Baker Scholar and his BS, with highest honors, from Northeastern University in 1974. Mr. Lavine serves on the Boards of Delavau Holdings L.L.C. and Gogo as well as on the Board of Trustees of Suffield Academy and Legal Information for Families Today. He is married with one child and resides in Purchase, New York
Managing Director and General Counsel, Ripplewood Holdings L.L.C.
Mr. Minnetian has served as Managing Director and General Counsel of Ripplewood Holdings since 2001. He serves as a director of several of Ripplewood’s portfolio companies including Gogo and Hostess Brands. Mr. Minnetian received an A.B. in economics from Columbia University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
President & CEO, Gogo
Michael Small, a 29-year veteran of the communications industry, was named President and CEO of Gogo on February 16, 2010.
Prior to joining Gogo, Mr. Small served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Centennial Communications Corporation. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Small served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of 360 Degrees Communications Company. Prior to 1995, he served as President of Lynch Corporation, a diversified acquisition-oriented company with operations in telecommunications, manufacturing and transportation services.
Mr. Small received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.
Mr. Small serves as Chairman of the Board for PAX, a non-profit organization providing solution to prevent gun violence.
Former Chairman and CEO, eCollege.com
Oakleigh Thorne served as Chairman and CEO of eCollege.com [NASDAQ: ECLG], a leading provider of outsource information services to the fast-growing postsecondary education industry, from May of 2000 until July 2007, when the company was sold to Pearson PLC for $537m.
Thorne is a founder of Blumenstein/Thorne Information Partners, LLC, a private equity and venture capital firm focused on the information industry, and serves as Manager of Thorndale Farm LLC, the entity that oversees investment of the Thorne family assets.
Prior to founding these entities, Thorne was CEO of Commerce Clearing House, Inc. (CCH) a leading provider of tax and business law information, software, and services for accounting, legal and business professionals. CCH was sold in January 1996 for $1.9 billion to Wolters Kluwer, a Dutch publishing company.
At CCH, Thorne was largely credited with leading a series of strategic electronic product and reengineering initiatives that began in 1991 and moved the company from being a traditional, print-based publishing and service bureau tax return processing company to become an innovative provider of electronic information and software tools. These initiatives led to a 4x increase in market capitalization of the company by the time of its sale.
Thorne was the fourth generation of his family to be associated with CCH. His great, great grandfather purchased the company’s predecessor, Corporation Trust Co. in 1902, establishing a 94-year commitment to CCH by the Thorne family.
Prior to joining CCH in 1986, Thorne received his MBA from Columbia University. Before business school he was a newspaper reporter at the Boston Globe and the Baltimore News American. He received his BS in journalism from Boston University in 1980.
Thorne, a resident of Millbrook, NY, is Chairman of Trout Unlimited and is a member of various charitable boards, including The Dutchess Land Conservancy and the Dutchess Day School. He also serves on the boards of Datamark Inc., Gogo and ShopperTrak Corporation, which are three of his family’s other investments.
Thorne is an avid polo player and Boston University Terrier hockey fan; his other hobbies include fishing, shooting, skiing and running.
Charles C. Townsend
President and CEO, Aloha Partners II
Mr. Townsend is President and CEO of Aloha Partners II. Aloha Partners II is the 11th largest owner of wireless spectrum in the United States. Aloha Partners II has wireless licenses in 12 of the top 50 markets; including San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Denver, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh. The Aloha Partners II strategy is to use its spectrum to provide high speed wireless internet service in major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.
From 2002-2008, Mr. Townsend was the President and CEO of Aloha Partners. Aloha Partners was the largest owner of 700MHz spectrum in the United States until the spring of 2008 when it sold all its licenses to AT&T. Aloha pioneered using 700MHz for wireless Broadband in Phoenix in 2006. AT&T and Verizon followed Aloha’s lead with nationwide wireless Broadband rollouts using 700MHz spectrum several years later.
Mr. Townsend has served on the Board of Directors of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) from 1990 to the present and represented the small wireless operators on the CTIA Executive Committee from 1992 to 2009.
Mr. Townsend holds a B.A. in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Harris N. Williams
Managing Director, Ripplewood Holdings L.L.C.
Mr. Williams has been a member of the Gogo board of directors since March 2010. Mr. Williams is a Managing Director at Ripplewood Holdings. Prior to joining Ripplewood, Mr. Williams was in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts. Mr. Williams is an active member in the community and serves on the board of the New York Children’s Museum of the Arts. Mr. Williams has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated as the top scholar from the Boston University School of Management with a BS in Business Administration.
Robert H. Mundheim
Of Counsel to Shearman & Sterling
Mr. Mundheim joined the Gogo Board in March of 2012. He is currently Of Counsel to Shearman & Sterling, a New York law firm, and Professor of Corporate Law and Finance at the University of Arizona Law School. Mr. Mundheim previously served as senior executive vice president and general counsel at Salomon Smith Barney. Prior to joining Salomon, he was Co-Chairman of the New York law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and University Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he had taught since 1965. He also served as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Among his other professional activities, Mr. Mundheim has been General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department (1977-1980); Special Counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission (1962-1963); and Vice Chairman, Governor-at-Large and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers (1988-1991). He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Quadra Realty Trust, as a director of eCollege, Benjamin Moore, Commerce Clearing House, Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc. and First Pennsylvania Bank and as a member of the supervisory board of Hypo Real Estate Holding AG. Mr. Mundheim is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of New School University, a Trustee of the Curtis Institute of Music, and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He served as a member of the ABA Task Force on Corporate Responsibility and has been a faculty member of the Vanderbilt Directors’ College, the Duke Directors’ Education Institute and the Stanford Directors’ College. He was the President of the American Academy in Berlin and received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.