ITASCA, Ill., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leading global aero communications service provider, today welcomes Christopher Payne to its board of directors. Payne has spent the last five years of his career at eBay where he currently serves as senior vice president, North America Marketplaces. He is responsible for leading eBay's North American businesses, which includes general management, marketing and P&L.
"Christopher is a welcome addition to the Gogo board and his experience in technology and E-commerce will serve the company well," said Ron LeMay, Gogo's Chairman of the Board. "Gogo uniquely sits at the intersection of telecomm, aviation, media, Internet and E-commerce and having a director with Christopher's qualifications and background will add to the breadth of knowledge and experience that Gogo's board brings to the company."
Prior to joining eBay, Payne was founder and CEO of a software start-up called Positronic that focused on machine learning and data mining. Positronic was acquired by eBay in December of 2008.
Payne has also held leadership positions at Microsoft and Amazon. While at Microsoft, Payne led the company's efforts in web search, mapping (Virtual Earth) and shopping from 2003 to 2007. While at Amazon from 1998 to 2001, he led Amazon's entry into Video, Electronics, Wireless, PCs and Software.
Payne's term on the Gogo board will extend until the annual meeting of stockholders in 2016.
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.