John Wade will remain president of Gogo Commercial Aviation, now a division of Intelsat, the satellite firm said. Bruno Fromont, Intelsat’s former Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning, has been named Intelsat’s Chief Technology Officer and will lead spectrum strategy, asset planning, product development and innovation. Jon Cobin has been named Intelsat’s Chief Strategy Officer, leading the company’s corporate strategy and business development efforts. Cobin joins Intelsat from Gogo, where he served most recently as Chief Strategy Officer.
The Gogo acquisition is “creating the world’s leading provider of inflight broadband connectivity to the commercial aviation industry”, Intelsat said.
“The closing of the $400 million cash deal brings together two complementary enterprises — the world’s largest satellite operator with the leading provider of commercial inflight broadband and entertainment services — to deliver unprecedented innovation and long-term value to commercial airlines.”
“Broadband connectivity for nine of the top 20 global airlines and an installed base of more than 3,000 commercial aircraft are now part of Intelsat’s portfolio of services.”