iJet Onboard Names Aviation Veteran Steve Forte as CEO
SEATTLE -- December 06, 2012
iJet Onboard, a privately held provider of platform-based software services
enabling the intelligent aircraft, today announced thirty-year aviation and
technology veteran Steve Forte will join the company as its Chief Executive
Forte brings deep experience to the position including tenures as CEO of
Naverus, Inc., a global leader in Performance-based Navigation; General
Manager of GE Aviation PBN Services; and as a senior executive with United
“Steve has the right balance of technology entrepreneurism and traditional
aviation experience. He also brings a strong track record for creating
shareholder value because he understands how to operationalize and execute
business strategy,” said iJet Chairman and Co-Founder William J. Marks. “His
in-depth knowledge of the aviation business and extensive network of
relationships inside the industry will be invaluable to our company.”
Prior to managing Naverus through a dramatic growth period and leading the
round of complex negotiations resulting in their sale to GE, Forte was a
senior executive at United Airlines during some of its most challenging times.
With responsibility for more than 13,000 employees, 10 pilot domiciles,
United’s flight training center and its headquarters staff, Forte played a
critical role in leading the company through complex business events including
the 9/11 tragedy and United’s financial restructuring.
As former Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Operations Council and the Air Transport Association (ATA) Operations
Committee, he has worked closely with global airlines, manufacturers, and
regulators on a variety of industry issues. He is also an experienced pilot
with 14,000 flight hours in over 50 aircraft types, and is rated on numerous
Boeing and Airbus jets.
“I am delighted to become a part of the iJet team. This talented group of
people has developed an innovative service-based platform that will drive
operational efficiency and provide new sources of revenue for airlines,” said
Forte. “Airlines and their suppliers will benefit from almost unlimited access
to data using software-based solutions developed by iJet, airlines and
Seattle-basediJet Onboard has developed the aerospace sector’s first open and
secure Platform as a Service (PaaS). The iJet Platform is designed to host
third-party applications which provide data and systems management
capabilities, enabling the industry to mine and distribute aircraft
intelligence, both in the air and on the ground.
Michelle Saro, 206-832-1254
Todd Wolfenbarger, 801-244-9600
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