ITASCA, Ill., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leading global aero communications service provider, today welcomes Sam Gilliland to its board of directors. Sam Gilliland was most recently Chairman and CEO of Sabre Holdings, a global travel technology company, where he led more than 10,000 employees in 60 countries, spanning all segments of the travel industry.
Prior to serving as Chairman and CEO, Gilliland served in several senior leadership positions at Sabre Holdings, including president and CEO of Travelocity, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Sabre Holdings, group president of Sabre Airline Solutions, and senior vice president and general manager of Sabre Business Travel Solutions.
Before joining Sabre, Gilliland was an electrical engineer for Lockheed Missiles and Space in Austin, TX.
"Sam's immense experience in global travel and technology is a welcome addition to the Gogo board," said Ron LeMay, Gogo's Chairman of the Board. "As Gogo expands its footprint globally, Sam's leadership with Sabre and within the travel and technology industries in general, will add to the overall knowledge that Gogo's board brings to the company."
In 2011, Gilliland was appointed to President Barack Obama's Travel and Tourism Advisory Committee that reports to the secretary of commerce. He also joined the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC) in 2012. Sam earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas.
Gilliland's term on the Gogo board will extend until the annual meeting of stockholders in 2017.
Gogo is a leading global aero communications service provider. Using Gogo's exclusive products and services, passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 2,000 Gogo equipped commercial aircraft. In-flight connectivity partners include Aeromexico, American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. In-flight entertainment partners include Aeromexico, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, Scoot and US Airways. In addition to its commercial airline business, Gogo has more than 6,200 business aircraft outfitted with its communications services.
Back on the ground, Gogo's 700+ employees in Itasca, IL, Broomfield, CO and various locations overseas are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with Gogo at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.