PRN: Airline Industry Veteran Travis Christ Joins Row 44
Airline Industry Veteran Travis Christ Joins Row 44
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, California, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- Former President of Travelport Americas Division and US Airways' VP of Sales, Marketing and Distribution Will Serve as Row 44's Chief Sales and Airline Business Development Officer
Row 44, Inc., provider of the world's leading in-flight broadband entertainment platform, announced today that airline and travel-industry executive Travis Christ has joined the company as Chief Sales and Airline Business Development Officer.
Christ joins Row 44 from Travelport, the multibillion-dollar global distribution system firm that provides transaction-processing and business-intelligence solutions to airlines, travel agencies and other travel service providers in 160 countries. Christ served as Travelport's Americas division president, where he led and grew the company's global distribution system business throughout the United States, Canada, and Central and South America.
Prior to his role at Travelport, Christ served as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Distribution for US Airways - where he was responsible for business development, corporate and agency sales, multi-channel product distribution, marketing, the usairways.com website, and President of US Airways Vacations.
Throughout his 13-year tenure with US Airways (including 10 years at America West, which US Airways acquired in 2005), Christ held key roles across many facets of the airline, including consumer marketing and loyalty, sales analysis, capacity planning, and profitability optimization.
"Travis's broad set of skills and worldwide travel-industry relationships bring a valuable new component to Row 44's global sales and airline business development," said CEO John Guidon. "We are thrilled to have such a talented and respected industry leader join our team."
"Very few executives in the travel industry have the combination of industry knowledge, strategic mindset, understanding of the customer and deep set of key relationships that Travis brings to Row 44," said Howard Lefkowitz, Row 44's Chief Commercial Officer. "I have had a working relationship with Travis for a decade, and I cannot imagine a more valuable strategic addition to Row 44's executive team."
Christ will be responsible for all of Row 44's sales and airline business development globally.
About Row 44, Inc.
Row 44, Inc. provides the world's leading in-flight broadband entertainment platform for commercial airlines. The company's flying Wi-Fi hotspot - which delivers the world's fastest aviation broadband speeds to passengers - provides airlines with an unmatched selection of revenue-generating and experience-enhancing entertainment, shopping and destination services. The company is partnering with airlines around the world, including world-renowned Southwest and 2009 Market Leadership Award recipient Norwegian Air Shuttle, to deliver a series of truly remarkable products to improve the commercial flying experience. For more information, visit http://www.row44.com.
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