Business aviation data provider JETNET has named the first CEO in its history, bringing in an executive with experience leading IT and social media efforts.
JETNET announced Thursday that Greg Fell, most recently CEO of Display Social, will use his three decades of senior management experience to guide the company moving forward.
The Esposito family will retain ownership of the company, with Tony Esposito remaining as president and majority shareholder.
In a statement announcing the move, the company said it is an investment in its future and "make JETNET the premier provider of information and intelligence for business and commercial aviation."
"Greg is the right leader for JETNET, at the right time," Esposito said. "This was an essential and momentous decision for us and Greg's extensive experience, values, and ethics helped us realize that he was the appropriate person to bring into the fold."
At Display Social, Fell led the social media and affiliate marketing company through a launch that led to 7 million downloads in the six months after its launch. He also was chief operating officer for Gama Aviation as it grew to be the largest part-135 operator in the U.S. before it was bought by Wheels Up last year.
Fell also led the transformation of all IT operations at Ford Motor. Co.
"I know how vital the company is to our team, our industry, and the community we call home," Fell said in the statement about joining JETNET. "There are significant expectations to fill and I greatly look forward to hitting the ground running."
The statement said JETNET will continue to offer its same services, while "additionally and immediately" embarking on a strategic plan to increase its research capabilities, harness the latest in information technology, and develop a business intelligence platform, "unparalleled in the industry."