Board of Directors
Jeff Leddy has been Executive Chairman of our Company and Chairman of our Board of Directors since April 2018 and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2013. He served as our Chief Executive Officer from February 2017 to March 2018. Mr. Leddy previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Telematics, Inc. (formerly Hughes Telematics, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Verizon Communications in July 2012) from December 2006 until January 2015 and served as a member of its board of directors from April 2006 to July 2012. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the boards of directors of various Hughes Communications-affiliated companies. From April 2003 through December 2006, Mr. Leddy served as Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyTerra Communications, Inc., and he served on its board of directors from 2006 to 2008. Prior to becoming Skyterra’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Leddy served in the roles of President, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations for that company. Mr. Leddy has a BA in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Stephen Hasker has been a member of our Board since April 2015 and has served as our Lead Independent Director since September 2019. He has served on the board of directors of Appen Limited (ASX: APX) since April 2015, where he is a member of its Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He has been a senior advisor to TPG Capital, a private equity firm, since August 2019 after having served as Chief Executive Officer of CAA Global, a TPG Capital portfolio company, from January 2018 to August 2019. Mr. Hasker was previously the Global President and Chief Operating Officer of Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE: NLSN) from December 2015 to December 2017, and prior to that served as Nielsen’s President, Global Products from November 2009 to January 2014. Mr. Hasker joined Nielsen in 2009 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner in McKinsey’s Global Media, Entertainment and Information practice from 1998 to 2009. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Hasker spent five years in several financial roles in the United States, Russia and Australia. Mr. Hasker has an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne and an MBA and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Joshua B. Marks joined our company in August 2015 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2018. He previously served as our Executive Vice President, Connectivity from April 2017 to March 2018 and as our Senior Vice President, Operations Solutions from August 2015 through June 2016. From January 2011 to August 2015, Mr. Marks was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Marks Systems, Inc. (d/b/a masFlight), an aviation big-data analytics company that he co-founded and that we acquired in August 2015. From February 2008 to December 2010, Mr. Marks was the Chief Financial Officer and a Director of eJet Aviation Holdings, a provider of VIP aircraft maintenance services, and the Executive Director of the American Aviation Institute, a commercial aviation policy think-tank. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Marks served as a senior executive of MAXjet Airways, a transatlantic premium airline he co-founded. Earlier in his career, Mr. Marks served as Associate Director of the George Washington University aviation institute and held key roles at two technology companies, Virtualis Systems (acquired by Allegiance Telecom) and VelociGen (acquired by SOA Software). Mr. Marks holds a BA and an MBA from Harvard University.
Leslie Ferraro has been a member of our Board since June 2019. Ms. Ferraro has been President of QxH, a business division of Qurate Retail Inc. (Nasdaq: QRTEA), since September 2019. Ms. Ferraro is also currently on the board of directors of two private equity portfolio companies; Edelman Financial Engines, LLC (formerly Edelman Financial Services prior to its acquisition of Financial Engines in July 2018) since February 2018 and Save-A-Lot, Inc., since July 2018. Ms. Ferraro also served on the board of directors of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort from 2010 to 2015. Ms. Ferraro is the former Co-Chair of Consumer Products and Interactive Media for the Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) and previously served as both the President of Disney Consumer Products and as Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales and Travel Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Ms. Ferraro has a BA in Economics from George Washington University, a Masters Diploma from London School of Economics and an MBA in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business.
Robert W. Reding has been a member of our Board since January 2013. He has been a consultant in the commercial airline industry since January 2012. Prior to that, from September 2007 until December 2012, Mr. Reding was Executive Vice President—Operations for American Airlines and Executive Vice President of AMR Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Reding served as Senior Vice President—Technical Operations for American Airlines from May 2003 to September 2007. Mr. Reding joined AMR Corporation in March 2000 and served as Chief Operations Officer of its AMR Eagle division through May 2003. Prior to joining AMR Corporation, Mr. Reding served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Reno Air (from 1992 to 1998) and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Regional Airlines (from 1998 to 2000). Mr. Reding is a graduate of the United States Air Force pilot training program and served as an officer and pilot flight examiner with the United States Air Force from 1972 to 1979. He has an FAA Air Transport Pilot Rating for Douglas DC-9-MD-80 and Boeing 737 series aircraft and has accumulated over 10,000 hours as a commercial pilot. He has served as a board member of various aviation, civic and charitable organizations. Mr. Reding has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from Southern Illinois University.
Harry E. Sloan has been a member of our Board since 2011. (He also served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2011—when we were formed as a special purpose acquisition company—until January 2013—when we consummated our business combination with Row 44 and Advanced Inflight Alliance AG.) Mr. Sloan served on the board of directors of Videocon d2h Limited (Nasdaq: VDTH) from May 2016 to April 2018, where he was a member of that board’s Nomination, Remuneration and Compensation Committee. Mr. Sloan was also previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp. (a special purpose acquisition company) from April 2013 through its business combination with Videocon in March 2015. From November 2010 to December 2013, Mr. Sloan served on the board of directors of Promotora De Informaciones, S.A. (NYSE: PRIS) (also known as PRISA). From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Sloan served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., and was its Chairman until 2011. From 1990 to 2001, Mr. Sloan was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SBS Broadcasting, S.A., a company that he founded in 1990, and he served as its Executive Chairman until 2005. Mr. Sloan currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and on the Executive Board of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Mr. Sloan has a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and a JD from Loyola Law School.
Eric Sondag has been a member of our Board since March 2018. He is a Partner at Searchlight Capital Partners, a private equity firm, where he has worked since 2011. Mr. Sondag has served on the board of directors of Gymboree Group Inc. (OTCMKTS: GMBE) since October 2017 and on the board of directors of Cengage Learning Holdings II Inc. (OTCMKTS: CNGO) since April 2014. Mr. Sondag also serves on the board of advisors for Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Prior to joining Searchlight Capital Partners, Mr. Sondag worked at GTCR Golder Rauner in Chicago in various capacities. Mr. Sondag has a BS from Georgetown University and has completed the Executive Management Program at INSEAD in Singapore.
Ronald Steger has been a member of our Board since April 2017 and has served as our Audit Committee Chair since June 2017. He has served on the board of directors of Sentinel Energy Services Inc. (Nasdaq: STNL) (a pre-business-combination special purpose acquisition company) since November 2018, where he serves on that board’s Audit Committee. He has also served on the board of directors of Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corporation (Nasdaq: GLDD) since May 2018, where he has served on that board’s Audit Committee since May 2018 and as Chair of that Committee since August 2019. He previously served on the board of directors of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (NYSE: OSG) from August 2014 to June 2018, where he served on that board’s Corporate Governance & Risk Committee and as Chair of its Audit Committee, and on the board of directors of International Seaways Inc. (NYSE: INSW) from November 2016 to June 2017, where he served on that board's Audit Committee and as Chair of its Corporate Governance & Risk Assessment Committee. Since September 2015, Mr. Steger has served as the Senior Technical Advisor to the Effectus Group, an accounting advisory firm based in Silicon Valley, and since February 2014, he has served on the Advisory Board of ATREG, Inc., a global advisory firm specializing in the semiconductor and related advanced technology verticals. Mr. Steger began his career with KPMG in 1976 and was admitted into its partnership in 1986. He served as an SEC Reviewing Partner at KPMG from 2003 to 2013 and retired from KPMG in December 2013. Mr. Steger has a BS in Accounting from Villanova University.
Eric Zinterhofer has been a member of our Board since March 2018. He is a Founding Partner at Searchlight Capital Partners, a private equity firm, where he has worked since 2010. Mr. Zinterhofer has served on the board of directors of Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HMTV) since October 2016, and is a member of that board’s Executive Committee; on the board of directors of Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) since November 2009, and is a member of that board’s Compensation and Benefits Committee, its Finance Committee and its Nominating and Governance Committee; on the board of directors of Liberty Latin America Ltd. (Nasdaq: LILA) since December 2017; and on the board of directors of Roots Corporation (TSX: ROOT) since December 2015. He previously served on the board of directors of Dish TV India Ltd. (NSE: DISHTV) from December 2009 to March 2017, and on the board of directors of General Communication Inc. (FRA: CG1) from March 2015 to March 2018.