ITASCA, Ill., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Aircell announced the transition of Ron LeMay from Chairman of the Board to President and CEO of the company. Jack Blumenstein, current President and CEO, will assume the position of Chairman of the Board.
Mr. LeMay is a 38-year veteran of the communications industry, having served as an officer at Southwestern Bell, AT&T and Sprint. His Sprint career spanned 18 years and included starting up Sprint PCS as its first employee and serving as its CEO. Sprint PCS grew to $10B in annual revenues faster than any other company before or since. Mr. LeMay also served as President and COO of Sprint Corporation from 1996 until 2003.
In his time as Chairman of the Board of Aircell, Mr. LeMay has consulted closely with Mr. Blumenstein on strategy and operational matters. Regarding their working relationship, Mr. Lemay said, "Jack and I work well together, bringing complementary strengths to the table, as demonstrated over these past few years. As we adopt our new roles, I look forward to continuing to work closely with Jack to build on and extend the success Aircell has achieved under his leadership."
Aircell has experienced dramatic growth over the past few years since winning its exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006. Mr. Blumenstein has overseen the development of the Aircell Network and Gogo((R)) Inflight Internet service, as well as Aircell's airline partnerships, which represent the majority of the U.S. commercial aviation market.
"It is time for us to take Aircell to the next level and become the multibillion dollar company we know it can be," said Jack Blumenstein, Chairman of the Board, Aircell. "Ron brings a tremendous depth of operational experience from his days at Sprint and Sprint PCS and has worked closely with me over the past few years to guide the company through its rapid growth. I look forward to continuing to work with Ron and writing one of the great business success stories."
"Jack and I are pleased with the progress Aircell has made to date and the solid team that has been built thus far," said Ron LeMay, President and CEO, Aircell. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to help build another great communications company. We look forward to completing our deployment commitments, growing our customer base, launching a hybrid domestic/international service and continuing to expand the depth and breadth of the Gogo service."
Aircell((R)) is the world's leading provider of airborne communications. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell Network and its inflight portal, Gogo((R)), revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet. In addition, the Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to Business aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois. Aircell's vision is to give everyone the ability to stay in touch, in flight((R)). For more information about Aircell, please visit www.aircell.com.
Gogo((R)), powered by Aircell, turns a commercial airplane into a Wi-Fi hotspot with true inflight Internet access. Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs, can surf the Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more. For more information about Gogo, please visit www.gogoinflight.com.
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