Los Angeles, California – Global Eagle Entertainment, a worldwide provider of in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions for airlines, announced on July 9 that its Board of Directors has appointed Dave Davis as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. A veteran of Northwest Airlines and U.S. Airways, Davis was previously the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE). He takes over from John LaValle, who will continue to work with the company as a consultant.

Dave Davis

“I have worked closely with Dave in his various roles for over ten years. Given his airline industry experience and operational and financial leadership at GEE since its formation, Dave is ideally suited for this role,” commented Chairman of the Board, Ed Shapiro. “He is a proven leader with deep industry knowledge, business vision and the ability to foster collaboration among our talented team of employees across the world. He has been instrumental in driving the formation of GEE and the subsequent integration of our acquisitions, and he has the skills to accelerate GEE’s innovation in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) industry.”

Before his appointment as CEO, Davis served as GEE’s Chief Operating Officer since January 2014, Chief Financial Officer since January 2013, and a board member of Row 44 since 2011. Davis spent a total of nearly nine years at Northwest Airlines, ultimately as EVP and Chief Financial Officer, where he played a leading role in Northwest’s merger with Delta Air Lines. Other positions held by Davis have included Senior Managing Director of Perseus LLC, Partner and Co-Founder of Bearpath Capital LLC and Chief Financial Officer of Kraton Polymers and U.S. Airways.