James Ladd to Participate on 2018 GCA Advisory Board

Posted by Kerry Radigan on Aug 14, 2017 11:04:00 AM

jayheadshot.pngSmartSky's Senior Vice President of Digital Aviation, James Ladd, has been selected to participate on the 2018 Global Connected Aircraft Advisory Board.

The Global Connected Aircraft Summit provides airlines, operators, integrators, and technology vendors complete connected solutions – from ground to air and from nose to tail. The Advisory Board is composed of the industry’s most forward thinking leaders. Their main responsibility is to guide the Summit to cover relevant content that will connect business, technology, and industry perspectives that will go beyond just in-flight entertainment to include operations, communications and technologies that impact the aircraft.

"I have been involved in aviation connectivity for 14 years. IFC is a highly dynamic area, advancing rapidly. I will help the advisory board guide the next GCAS Summit, working to keep its agenda relevant (up to date with industry advances), and respectful of attendees time and financial investment in participating." - James Ladd

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This year’s Advisory Board includes: 

Andrea Burchett, Group Head, Inflight Commercial, International Airlines Group (IAG)

Roland Brenny, Principal, Information Technology, Flight Crew Systems, Delta Air Lines

Jon Merritt, Director, Flight Operations CNS Programs & Cockpit Technology, United Airlines

Jim Baas, Senior Manager, Flight Technical, FedEx Express

Babar Rahman, Senior Manager, Qatar Airways

Ingigerdur Erlingsdottier, Project Manager, Icelandair

Tara Bamburg, Associate Manager, Southwest Airlines

Max Coppin, Partner Development Manager, Google

James Ladd, Senior Vice President, Digital Aviation, SmartSky Aviation

Richard Nordstrom, Senior Director Global Marketing, Rockwell Collins

Al McGowan, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Panasonic Avionics

Steve Nolan, Director of Communications, Gogo

Erica Brinker, Senior Director, Business Development, Honeywell Aerospace

Earle Olson, Vice President, Industry Affairs, Airborne Wireless Network

The 2018 Global Connected Aircraft Summit will be held June 4-6, 2018 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa in San Diego, California.

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Learn more about other SmartSky Networks leaders and their participation in industry events.

Topics: Trade Shows, Commercial Aviation


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