Posted on: 17 January 2012 by Mark Howells
Row 44 has announced that John LaValle, the in-flight connectivity provider’s long serving Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed CEO.
These changes aim to reflect Row 44’s significant expansion plans, set to begin in early 2012, and will draw on both LaValle’s and co-founder and former CEO John Guidon’s respective strengths. Guidon, who will remain on the board of directors and whose engineering expertise was essential in crafting the Row 44 in-flight broadband solution operating today on hundreds of planes, will assume the role of Chief Technical Officer leading Row 44’s technology team as the company expands its focus into new industries.
LaValle, a longtime technology executive who has led several companies to IPOs, secondary offerings and high-value acquisitions, will leverage his business and investment-community expertise to introduce Row 44 to new markets, partners and investors around the world. LaValle will also help Row 44 raise the capital to expand the company’s operations both geographically and into the new industries that Guidon’s team has already begun working to address.
“From a tiny startup with just a couple of dedicated employees, Row 44 has grown into a major innovator in in-flight broadband entertainment,” commented John Guidon. “Because we are now ready to leverage our expertise and world-class partners like Hughes to bring this solution to new industries, I am eager to go back to my first love: engineering, developing new technology solutions.”
“I have been a proud member of the Row 44 team that has broken new ground bringing satellite-based broadband connectivity to commercial air travellers around the world,” remarked John LaValle. “We’re poised to grow this company into new solutions and new regions of the world – and I am thrilled to be able to lead us there.”
Gregg Fialcowitz, Row 44’s co-founder and former president, has left the company to pursue a private aviation endeavour.