Jeffrey A. Leddy, Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey A. Leddy has served as our Chief Executive Officer since February 2017. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Telematics, Inc. (formerly Hughes Telematics, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Verizon Communications in July 2012) from December 2006 until January 2015 and has served as a member of its board of directors since March 2006. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the boards of directors of Hughes Communications, Inc. and Hughes Systique Corporation and on the board of managers of Hughes Network Systems, LLC. From April 2003 through December 2006, Mr. Leddy served as Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyTerra Communications, Inc. and he served on its board of directors from 2006 to 2008. Prior to becoming Skyterra’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Leddy served in the roles of President, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations for that company. Mr. Leddy received his BA in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Paul Rainey, Chief Financial Officer
Paul Rainey joined Global Eagle as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2017. Mr. Rainey previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Harris CapRock Communications from May 2014 to April 2017. Prior to Harris CapRock, Mr. Rainey served as Chief Financial Officer of General Electric’s Lighting Professional Solutions business from March 2013 to April 2014 and as Chief Financial Officer of its Power Equipment business from March 2010 to February 2013. Prior to March 2010, Mr. Rainey served in two senior financial planning and analysis roles at General Electric from January 2007 to March 2010 and from October 2003 to October 2005. Between those appointments, Mr. Rainey served as a FamilyLife missionary from November 2005 to December 2006. Mr. Rainey currently serves on the boards of directors of Cutwell 4 Kids and America Responds with Love, and previously served on the boards of directors of Hesed Consulting, Georgia CASA and the Notre Dame Business Advisory Council. Mr. Rainey received a MS in Accountancy and a BBA in Finance and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame.
Walé Adepoju, EVP Media & Content
Walé Adepoju joined the Company in July 2014 and is currently our Executive Vice President, Media & Content. From September 2013 to April 2014, Mr. Adepoju was Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Inflight Alliance AG (“AIA”) and previously served as AIA’s Chief Strategy Officer from April 2012 to August 2013. Mr. Adepoju has also served in various management roles for our indirect subsidiaries from July 2012 to May 2014, including service as Chairman of Inflight Productions Ltd. and President of DTI Software. From May 2000 to April 2012, Mr. Adepoju served as Managing Director at IMDC Aviation Consulting. Prior to IMDC, Mr. Adepoju served as Director of Strategy at Spafax. Earlier in his career, Mr. Adepoju worked as an air transport analyst providing key investment advice on aerospace companies and products. Mr. Adepoju holds an honors degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a Masters in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University.
As Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Inflight Alliance (AIA), the company acquired by Global Eagle in 2014, Walé successfully led performance growth in all aspects of passenger media content services, software and applications. He is the founder of IMDC, the specialist consulting firm that provided research and strategy that revolutionized the economics of media in aviation. Prior to IMDC, Walé was responsible for strategy and development at Spafax. Earlier in his career as an air transport analyst, he provided advice to aerospace companies on new aircraft investments and aircraft rejuvenation analysis. He was also part of the investment team that purchased and successfully executed the turnaround of Thermal Engineering, an aero engine parts supplier. He has an honors degree in Manufacturing Engineering and earned his Master’s in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University.
Joshua Marks, EVP Connectivity
Joshua B. Marks is Executive Vice President, Connectivity at Global Eagle. Mr. Marks previously served as our Senior Vice President, Operations Solutions from August 2015 through June 2016. From January 2011 to August 2015, Mr. Marks was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Marks Systems, Inc. (d/b/a masFlight), an aviation big-data analytics company that he co-founded and that we acquired in August 2015. From February 2008 to December 2010, Mr. Marks was the Chief Financial Officer and a Director of eJet Aviation Holdings, a provider of VIP aircraft maintenance services, and the Executive Director of the American Aviation Institute, a commercial aviation policy think-tank. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Marks served as a senior executive of MAXjet Airways, a transatlantic premium airline he co-founded. Earlier in his career, Mr. Marks served as Associate Director of the George Washington University aviation institute and held key roles at two technology companies, Virtualis Systems (acquired by Allegiance Telecom) and VelociGen (acquired by SOA Software). Mr. Marks holds a BA and an MBA from Harvard University.
Stephen Ballas, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Stephen Ballas has served as our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since April 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ballas was a Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG), or CBRE, from July 2013 to April 2016. From July 2011 to July 2013, Mr. Ballas served as a Senior Counsel at CBRE Global Investors, CBRE’s real estate investment management arm. He served as a Vice President at GSO Capital Partners, the credit-investment arm of The Blackstone Group, from 2010 to 2011, and as a Senior Counsel at the New York-based hedge fund TPG-Axon Capital from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Ballas was a corporate associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Ballas holds a BA in Economics from Duke University and a JD from Georgetown Law School.
Stephen received a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and his J.D. from Georgetown Law School.
Sarlina See, Chief Accounting Officer
Sarlina See joined the company as Chief Accounting Officer in May 2017. Ms. See previously served as Global Business Unit Controller of Stanley Oil & Gas, which is a division of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK), from May 2013 to May 2017. From January 2008 through May 2013, Ms. See served as the Global Controller at Digital Energy, a division of GE Energy Connections (which is a business unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE)). Prior to that, Ms. See held other senior finance positions and audit roles at various General Electric Company business units from 1997 to 2007. Ms. See received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Idaho State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.