ITASCA, Ill., Dec. 8, 2010 – Aircell, the world's leading provider of inflight connectivity, today announced the appointment of Jim S. Berrien as Chief Revenue Officer. As CRO, Berrien is responsible for developing revenue generating partnerships with advertisers, sponsors, content providers and e-commerce marketers as well as securing enterprise usage deals with Fortune 500 companies.
“We are honored to welcome Jim to the Aircell team,” said Ash ElDifrawi, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We look forward to Jim utilizing his impressive industry experience to cultivate relationships with potential new partners as Aircell continues to grow as a company.”
Berrien brings over 30 years of broad management experience covering both the media and financial services business. After holding a succession of key management posts at American Express, he joined Forbes in 1999 as President of Forbes magazine. Berrien went on to serve as Chairman, President and Publisher of Forbes Magazine Group where he had full operating responsibility for advertising sales, marketing, promotion and circulation for Forbes magazine and its supplements. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mother Nature Network where he successfully developed outreach programs to build traffic and sponsorship.
Currently on more than 1,040 commercial aircraft, Aircell’s Gogo Inflight Internet is now available on more than 3,800 flights daily, up from just 2,100 at this time last year. With Gogo, passengers can browse the Web; access online music, games and podcasts; send and receive e-mail; and connect to virtual private networks while flying. The easy-to-use service provides passengers with full Internet access on any Wi-Fi-equipped laptop or personal electronic device at speeds similar to wireless mobile broadband services on the ground.
Aircell® is the world's leading provider of inflight connectivity. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell Network and its inflight portal, Gogo®, revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet. In addition, the Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to Business aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois. Aircell's vision is to give everyone the ability to stay in touch, in flight®. For more information about Aircell, please visit www.aircell.com.
Gogo®, powered by Aircell, turns a commercial airplane into a Wi-Fi hotspot with true inflight Internet access. Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs, can surf the Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more. For more information about Gogo, please visit www.gogoinflight.com. You can also follow 'gogoInflight' on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gogoinflight) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/gogoinflight).