Posted on: 10 July 2014 by Mark Howells
Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has elected Dave Davis (pictured) to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a member of the Board of Directors.
A veteran of Northwest Airlines and US Airways, Davis was previously the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer of GEE and a board member of Row 44. He takes over from John LaValle, who will continue to work with the company as a consultant.
“Given his airline industry experience and operational and financial leadership at GEE since its formation, Dave is ideally suited for this role,” commented Chairman of the GEE Board, Ed Shapiro. “He is a proven leader with deep industry knowledge, business vision and the ability to foster collaboration among our talented team of employees across the world. He has been instrumental in driving the formation of GEE and the subsequent integration of our acquisitions, and he has the skills to accelerate GEE’s innovation in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity industry.”
Davis spent almost nine years at Northwest Airlines, ultimately as EVP and CFO, where he played a leading role in Northwest’s merger with Delta Air Lines. Other positions held by Davis have included Senior Managing Director of Perseus LLC, Partner and Co-Founder of Bearpath Capital LLC and CFO of Kraton Polymers and US Airways.
“In order to capitalise on the opportunity ahead of us, we will concentrate on executing our strategic plan to grow our international base of customers, fully integrate our operations and further strengthen and expand our product offering,” said Davis.
Davis will report directly to the Board and will continue to serve as CFO until after the filing of GEE’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter, at which time Mike Zemetra, currently SVP Finance and Chief Accounting Officer, will be appointed acting CFO.