Posted on: 28 August 2013 by Mark Howells
Global Eagle Entertainment subsidiary Advanced Inflight Alliance (AIA) has announced that Louis Bélanger-Martin is stepping down as CEO on 31 August 2013, though he will remain vice-chairman of Global Eagle’s board of directors.
Described by the company as “a pioneering figure in the inflight entertainment (IFE) industry”, Bélanger-Martin has served as CEO of AIA since 2011, where he was instrumental in directing AIA’s expansion of content and content services to the global IFE industry. He previously headed DTI, where he helped to grow the organisation’s provision of interactive games to the IFE industry, now serving over 100 airlines globally. DTI was acquired by Advanced Inflight Alliance in 2008 and Bélanger-Martin went on to become CEO of AIA in 2011. AIA became a subsidiary of Global Eagle on 31 January 2013.
Wolfgang Brand, AIA’s current CFO, will take over as CEO from 1 September. He has served as CFO of the company since March 2010 and has played a key role in the financial, structural and strategic development of AIA.
AIA also announced that Walé Adepoju has been appointed to the board as chief operations officer, again starting 1 September 2013. Adepoju has worked in the IFE market for more than 20 years and takes over the responsibility for managing operations of AIA’s group of companies.