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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

As the world's leading inflight connectivity provider, Gogo relies on professionals with a wide range of expertise to set our trajectory and guide our strategic decisions

  • Ronald T. LeMay
    Chairman of the Board
    Ronald T. LeMay has served as Chairman and CEO of Farmlink, Inc. (an advanced analytics and asset utilization company) and MachineryLink Sharing, Inc. since March 2011. Mr. LeMay also served as Executive Chairman and as Chief Executive Officer of Last Mile Connections, Inc. (a network bandwidth exchange and solutions provider) from September 2005 and October 2006, respectively, until July 2008. Mr. LeMay has served as Chairman of October Capital (a private investment company) since February 2001 and Razorback Capital (a private investment company) since August 2006. Mr. LeMay serves in various board and executive capacities in the portfolio companies of October Capital and Razorback Capital. Mr. LeMay has also served as Managing Director of OpenAir Equity Partners (a venture capital firm formed to make early stage investments in wireless companies) since September 2008. Previously, Mr. LeMay served as Representative Executive Officer of Japan Telecom from November 2003 until the sale of the company in July 2004 and as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sprint Corporation from October 1997 until April 2003. Mr. LeMay was director of Imation from July 1996 (except for the period from August 5, 1997 to December 31, 1997) until his retirement from the board in May 2012. He was also a director of Allstate Corporation until he retired from the board in May 2014. Mr. LeMay has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since July 2006. He served as our Executive Chairman from July 2006 to June 2013, except during the period from July 2009 to February 2010, during which he served as our Chief Executive Officer.
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  • Michael J. Small
    Director, President, CEO
    Michael J. Small, President and Chief Executive Officer, Director, has served as Gogo’s President and Chief Executive Officer since February 2010. Mr. Small has more than 30 years of experience in the communications industry. From January 1999 until November 2009, Mr. Small served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of then-public Centennial Communications Corporation, a regional telecommunications service provider, where he was responsible for the strategic direction, financial well-being, and operational performance of the organization. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Small served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of 360 Degrees Communications Company. Mr. Small has served on the board of directors of First Midwest Bancorp since 2010. Mr. Small holds a B.A. from Colgate University and received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
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  • Robert L. Crandall
    Director
    Robert L. Crandall has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2006 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Aircell from 2003 until January 2007. Mr. Crandall is the former chairman and CEO of AMR Corporation and American Airlines. From 1998 to 2012, Mr. Crandall served on the board of directors of Celestica Inc. Mr. Crandall is also a director of, or a consultant to, several non-public companies. Mr. Crandall graduated from the University of Rhode Island and received a M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
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  • Hugh Jones
    Director
    Hugh Jones is the current President of Sabre Airline Solutions. A 28-year veteran of the travel industry, Hugh oversees the world's leading provider of technology solutions to airlines around the globe. Under his leadership, the business has more than doubled as a result of a strategic transformation emphasizing improved productivity and scalability. Prior to his role in Sabre Airline Solutions, Hugh served as the president and CEO of Travelocity. During his tenure, the business saw increased international profitability, expanded its media footprint and developed the Travelocity Partner Network loyalty programs. Hugh has held a number of executive positions at Sabre including COO of Sabre Travel Network and Airline Solutions. He began his career in the travel industry at American Airlines in 1988, serving in a variety of finance positions. Hugh holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin.
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  • Michele Coleman Mayes
    Director
    Michele Coleman Mayes is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the New York Public Library (NYPL). She joined NYPL in August 2012 after serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company since 2007. Prior to Allstate, she served as a Senior Vice President and the General Counsel of Pitney Bowes Inc. from 2003 to 2007 and in several legal capacities at Colgate-Palmolive from 1992 to 2003. In 1982, Michele entered the corporate sector as managing attorney of Burroughs Corporation. After Burroughs and Sperry Corporation merged, creating Unisys Corporation, she was appointed Staff Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Worldwide Litigation. From 1976 through 1982, she served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in Detroit and Brooklyn, eventually assuming the role of Chief of the Civil Division in Detroit. Michele received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She currently Chairs the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.
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  • Robert H. Mundheim
    Director
    Robert H. Mundheim has been Of Counsel to Shearman & Sterling LLP since 2000. Since 2012, Mr. Mundheim has also served as a Professor of Corporate Law and Finance at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Mundheim was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Salomon Inc. and Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Salomon Smith Barney Holdings Inc., and prior to that, he was Co-Chairman of the New York law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and University Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he taught since 1965 and served as Dean from 1982 to 1989. Mr. Mundheim has also served as General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department, Special Counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission and Vice Chairman, Governor-at-Large and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers. He previously served as Chairman of the board of directors of Quadra Realty Trust, Inc. and as a director of Weeden & Co. LP, eCollege.com, Benjamin Moore & Co., Commerce Clearing House Inc., Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc., Hypo Real Estate Holding AG and First Pennsylvania Bank. Mr. Mundheim currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of New School University and the Board of Trustees of the Curtis Institute of Music, a Trustee of the American College of Corporate Governance Counsel and a director of the Salzburg Global Seminar.
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  • Christopher Payne
    Director
    Christopher Payne has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2014. Mr. Payne is currently the COO of DoorDash, Inc. Mr. Payne was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Tinder, Inc. Mr. Payne was formerly the Senior Vice President, North American Marketplaces of eBay Inc. from September 2010 to December 2014 and the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Positronic, Inc. from July 2007 until December 2008, when it was sold to eBay. Mr. Payne previously served as a Vice President at Amazon from 1998 to 2001 and as a Vice President at Microsoft from 2001 to 2007. Mr. Payne also was on the board of directors of Rue La La from July 2011 to October 2013.Mr. Payne holds a B.A. in U.S. History from Dartmouth College.
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  • Oakleigh Thorne
    Director
    Oakleigh Thorne has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2006 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Aircell from 2003 until January 2007. Currently, Mr. Thorne serves as the CEO of Thorndale Farm, LLC, which oversees investment of Thorne family assets. From 1996 to 2009, Mr. Thorne served as the Co-President of Blumenstein / Thorne Information Partners, LLC, a private equity and venture capital firm. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Thorne served as Chairman and CEO of eCollege.com, a then-publicly traded provider of outsourced eLearning solutions, and he previously served as CEO of Commerce Clearing House Inc. Mr. Thorne currently serves as a director of Helix Education, Inc., Machinery Link, Inc. and ShopperTrak, in addition to various charitable organizations. Mr. Thorne received a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
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  • Charles C. Townsend
    Director
    Charles C. Townsend has been a member of the Board of Directors since January 2010. Mr. Townsend currently serves as Managing General Partner of Bluewater Wireless II, L.P. Mr. Townsend founded Aloha Partners LP in 2001 and served as its Managing General Partner until 2008. Mr. Townsend has also served as the Managing General Partner of Aloha Partners II from 2006 to 2014. From 1988 to 1998, Mr. Townsend served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Cellular Company. Since January 2004, Mr. Townsend has also served as President of Pac 3, LLC. Mr. Townsend holds a B.A. in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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  • Harris N. Williams
    Director
    Harris N. Williams has been a member of the Board of Directors since March 2010. Currently Mr. Williams serves as Senior Managing Director of WF Holding Company LLC, a diversified asset management business. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Williams was an executive with Ripplewood Holdings, LLC, a global private equity firm focused on control investments, serving as Managing Director since 2007. Prior to 2005, Mr. Williams was in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse, primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts. Mr. Williams’s industry areas of focus have included Technology, Media, Financial Services, Healthcare, Industrials and Hospitality on a global basis. Mr. Williams served on the board of directors of 3W Power Holdings Ltd. from 2011 to 2013, where he also served as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Williams received a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University and has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Committee Composition

Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information. To read more about any of the committees, click on committee names in the chart below.