Toggle Menu

Meet the team

The best and brightest in the business

Our leadership and management teams encompass some of the top minds across the aviation, telecommunications, engineering, media, and ecommerce industries. Gogo wouldn't be the world's inflight connectivity leader without them.

  • Leadership
  • Management

John Wade

EVP & General Manager

John Wade

EVP & General Manager

John Wade is Gogo's Executive Vice President and General Manager of the company's Business Aviation division. He joined Gogo in November 2008.

Prior to Gogo, John served as Chief Technical Officer and General Manager of inflight mobile phone and internet provider OnAir. With more than 20 years of experience in the avionics and inflight communications industries, John also held positions at inflight internet and connectivity services provider Tenzing Communications, as well as PRIMEX Aerospace Company and GEC Marconi In-Flight Systems.

John received a First Class B Engineering Honors Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Brighton, U.K.

Anand Chari

EVP & CTO

Anand Chari

EVP & CTO

Anand Chari currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Chari has been with Gogo since 2003, playing a critical role in the design and development of our Air-To-Ground broadband connectivity concept and technology. He also leads the development of Gogo's portfolio of satellite solutions.

Prior to joining Gogo, Anand held various business and technology management positions in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500. He founded and served as President of Simma Technologies Inc., a technology and management consulting company. He also served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development at ISCO International, Director of Business Development at 3Com, Director of Advanced Technology at Ameritech, and Manager at Telephone and Data Systems.

Anand received his M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, his M.S. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, and a B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institutes of Technology, Trichy, India.

Ash ElDifrawi

EVP & CCO

Ash ElDifrawi

EVP & CCO

Ash ElDifrawi joined Gogo in October, 2010 as executive vice president and chief marketing officer and today serves as Gogo's Chief Commercial Officer. In this position, Ash is responsible for marketing, product management, revenue management, creative services, commercial analytics, and global customer care.

Ash joined Gogo from Hayneedle Inc., a leading online mass merchant retailer, where he led the company's rebranding and spearheaded the development of a revolutionary online shopping experience. Prior to Hayneedle, Ash was the Google executive responsible for all CPM-based revenue for Google and YouTube. Before joining Google, Ash was a managing director at Wrigley, overseeing a $1+ billion portfolio of brands across four continents. Ash came to Wrigley from McKinsey, where he served as a management consultant.

Ash earned both his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and went on to gain his doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Jon Cobin

EVP, Global Airline Business Group

Jon Cobin

EVP, Global Airline Business Group

Jon Cobin is Executive Vice President of Gogo's Global Airline Business Group, managing global airline sales for our commercial aviation business, as well as our airline relationships. Jon joined Gogo in April of 2010.

Jon came to Gogo from Centennial Communications, a regional telecom service provider, where he principally served in the role of Vice President of Strategic Planning. Prior to Centennial, Jon held positions of increasing responsibility as a strategy consultant at Dean & Company and also worked in the investment banking group at J.P. Morgan.

Jon received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Margee Elias

EVP & General Counsel

Margee Elias

EVP & General Counsel

Margee Elias serves as Gogo's Executive Vice President and General Counsel & Secretary, joining the Gogo team in September 2007.

Previously, Margee served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eCollege.com, a publicly traded provider of outsourced eLearning solutions, where she was responsible for all legal and compliance issues, managed the human resources function, and served as a member of senior management. Margee worked in private practice for 15 years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Katten Muchin Rosenman, where she specialized in federal securities law, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Since 2007, she has also served on the Board of Directors of Datamark, Inc.

Margee received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She is also a member of the American Law Institute.

Norman Smagley

EVP & CFO

Norman Smagley

EVP & CFO

Norman Smagley is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, serving as CFO since September 2010.

Norman brings 18 years of experience as a CFO for both public and private companies across various industries, including technology, financial services, pharmaceutical, retail, industrial, and publishing. Most recently, Norman served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Rand McNally, a publisher of maps, atlases, and other reference materials.

Norman received both his B.A. in Economics and Master's Degree in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Arbela Takhsh

SVP, Quality Assurance

Arbela Takhsh

SVP, Quality Assurance

Arbela Takhsh joined Gogo in April 2014 as Gogo's Senior Vice President of Quality where she is responsible for the global quality strategy and implementation of Gogo's network and services. Takhsh has extensive experience in successful collaborations across business, engineering, operations, supply chain, and customer account functions.

Prior to Gogo, Arbela was with Comcast National Engineering & Technical Operations where she was Vice President of Quality Assurance, responsible for processes, metrics, data analytics, and continuous improvements initiatives. In addition, Arbela led the business-wide Lean Center of Excellence. Prior to her Comcast transition, Arbela was Head of Quality Management Office at Motorola Mobility, where she and her organization were responsible for global quality management systems, product ship approvals for major US and international carriers, and customer experience improvement plans.

Arbela holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Temple University, and an M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Karen Jackson

SVP, Human Resources

Karen Jackson

SVP, Human Resources

Karen Jackson joined Gogo in 2015 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, overseeing the responsibilities of talent strategy and the HR function as Gogo's organization continues to grow on a global scale.

Prior to joining Gogo, Karen was with Accenture as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Acquity Group, a leading Digital Marketing and eCommerce services company. In this role, she was responsible for evolving the company's vison and talent strategy to support Acquity Group from a start-up through its initial public offering and, ultimately, its acquisition by Accenture.

Karen has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School at Duke University. She is also a certified public accountant and holds a professional HR certification.

Account management

John Happ

Regional President, Americas

Dave Bijur

Regional President, Americas

Niels Steenstrup

Regional President, Asia-Pacific

David Russell

Regional President, EMEA Sales

Sales

Terry Revnak

Sales – Asia-Pacific

Nigel Rhodes

Sales – Europe, Middle East & Africa

Leigh Courteney

Sales – Asia-Pacific

Nick Silvester

Sales – Middle East & Africa

Product

Andrew Kemmetmueller

VP Product, Airline Applications

Sara Rossio

VP Product, Connectivity Services

Blane Boynton

VP Product, Network Solutions

Alex Moy

Sr Director Product, Inflight Entertainment

Dave Torgersen

VP Product, Airline Information Management