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The best and brightest in the business

Our leadership and management teams encompass some of the top minds across the aviation, telecommunications, engineering, media, and ecommerce industries. Gogo wouldn't be the world's inflight connectivity leader without them.

  • Leadership
  • Management

John Wade

COO

John Wade

COO

John Wade is Gogo’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He is responsible for Gogo’s operations, quality control, commercial airline account management and commercial sales.

Wade has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry including numerous leadership positions in the avionics and in-flight communications industry. Prior to his current role, he served as the general manager of Gogo’s business aviation division where he built the division into a market leader. Before joining Gogo, John served as the CTO at OnAir and also worked at Tenzing and GEC Marconi on their IFE and IFC products.

John received a First Class B Engineering Honors Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Brighton, U.K.

Anand Chari

EVP & CTO

Anand Chari

EVP & CTO

Anand Chari currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Chari has been with Gogo since 2003, playing a critical role in the design and development of our Air-To-Ground broadband connectivity concept and technology. He also leads the development of Gogo's portfolio of satellite solutions.

Prior to joining Gogo, Anand held various business and technology management positions in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500. He founded and served as President of Simma Technologies Inc., a technology and management consulting company. He also served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development at ISCO International, Director of Business Development at 3Com, Director of Advanced Technology at Ameritech, and Manager at Telephone and Data Systems.

Anand received his M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, his M.S. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, and a B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institutes of Technology, Trichy, India.

Jon Cobin

EVP & Chief Commercial Officer

Jon Cobin

EVP & Chief Commercial Officer

Jon Cobin currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Jon has served in a leadership position at Gogo since 2010, joining as senior vice president of project and operations management. With 15 years of business experience, Jon is responsible for managing strategy, sales, product and marketing teams in Gogo’s commercial aviation division.

Prior to Gogo, Cobin served as the head of strategy at Centennial Communications and held positions of increasing responsibility as a strategy consultant at Dean & Company and in investment banking at J.P. Morgan. He received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from Dartmouth College.

Margee Elias

EVP & General Counsel

Margee Elias

EVP & General Counsel

Margee Elias serves as Gogo's Executive Vice President and General Counsel & Secretary, joining the Gogo team in September 2007.

Previously, Margee served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eCollege.com, a publicly traded provider of outsourced eLearning solutions, where she was responsible for all legal and compliance issues, managed the human resources function, and served as a member of senior management. Margee worked in private practice for 15 years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Katten Muchin Rosenman, where she specialized in federal securities law, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Since 2007, she has also served on the Board of Directors of Datamark, Inc.

Margee received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She is also a member of the American Law Institute.

Norman Smagley

EVP & CFO

Norman Smagley

EVP & CFO

Norman Smagley is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, serving as CFO since September 2010.

Norman brings 18 years of experience as a CFO for both public and private companies across various industries, including technology, financial services, pharmaceutical, retail, industrial, and publishing. Most recently, Norman served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Rand McNally, a publisher of maps, atlases, and other reference materials.

Norman received both his B.A. in Economics and Master's Degree in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Arbela Takhsh

SVP, Quality Assurance

Arbela Takhsh

SVP, Quality Assurance

Arbela Takhsh joined Gogo in April 2014 as Gogo's Senior Vice President of Quality where she is responsible for the global quality strategy and implementation of Gogo's network and services. Takhsh has extensive experience in successful collaborations across business, engineering, operations, supply chain, and customer account functions.

Prior to Gogo, Arbela was with Comcast National Engineering & Technical Operations where she was Vice President of Quality Assurance, responsible for processes, metrics, data analytics, and continuous improvements initiatives. In addition, Arbela led the business-wide Lean Center of Excellence. Prior to her Comcast transition, Arbela was Head of Quality Management Office at Motorola Mobility, where she and her organization were responsible for global quality management systems, product ship approvals for major US and international carriers, and customer experience improvement plans.

Arbela holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Temple University, and an M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Karen Jackson

SVP, Human Resources

Karen Jackson

SVP, Human Resources

Karen Jackson joined Gogo in 2015 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, overseeing the responsibilities of talent strategy and the HR function as Gogo's organization continues to grow on a global scale.

Prior to joining Gogo, Karen was with Accenture as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Acquity Group, a leading Digital Marketing and eCommerce services company. In this role, she was responsible for evolving the company's vison and talent strategy to support Acquity Group from a start-up through its initial public offering and, ultimately, its acquisition by Accenture.

Karen has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School at Duke University. She is also a certified public accountant and holds a professional HR certification.

Account management

John Happ

Regional President, Americas

Dave Bijur

Regional President, Americas

David Russell

Regional President, EMEA Sales

Patrick Carroll

Regional President, APAC

Sales

Niels Steenstrup

SVP, International Sales

Terry Revnak

Sales – Asia-Pacific

Nigel Rhodes

Sales – Europe, Middle East & Africa

Leigh Courteney

Sales – Asia-Pacific

Nick Silvester

Sales – Middle East & Africa

Product

Sara Rossio

VP Product, Connectivity Services

Blane Boynton

VP Product, Network Solutions