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LEADERSHIP

Focused on Our Vision

Michael Friisdahl

Executive Chairman

Michael was appointed as Executive Chairman of Signature Aviation in January 2022. In this capacity, he provides leadership to the Board of Directors while steering the strategic direction of the organization to ensure it's continued growth and digital maturity.

Michael was most recently President & CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, notable for its ownership of several professional sports teams and major venues throughout Canada. Previously, he served as President & CEO for Air Canada Leisure Group, including Air Canada Rouge, and CEO of Thomas Cook North America.

Tony Lefebvre

Chief Executive Officer

Tony joined Signature in July 2013 as President and Chief Operating Officer of Aircraft Service International Group and has been responsible for a number of portfolio businesses during his tenure, including Global Engine Services and Signature TECHNICAir. Tony has over 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry.

Prior to joining Signature, Tony was the Chief Operating Officer of Spirit Airlines and previous to that role he was with US Airways serving as their Managing Director Europe. Tony holds a BS in Business from the University of Maryland.

Derek DeCross

Senior Vice President, Global Customer Engagement

Derek is responsible for development and execution of Signature's sales and customer engagement strategies, serving to promote the voice of the customer and creating solutions to to best serve the unique needs of all customers, ultimately driving customer loyalty and creating mutual value.

Following his most recent appointment as SVP, Global Sales for IHG Hotels & Resorts, Derek was responsible for sales efforts of IHG's portfolio of 17 brands, covering over 6,000 properties in more than 100 countries. He has been a board member on numerous travel and hospitality councils, and holds a Master's of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.

Rick Elieson

Senior Vice President, Revenue

Rick leads Signature's Revenue Management, Loyalty, Customer Relationship Management, and Digital Commerce teams in maximizing revenue and driving customer engagement. He oversees the analysis of customer and market data and resulting pricing strategies for Signature's products.

Rick previously held numerous positions at American Airlines during a 28 year tenure, serving most recently as Vice President of Customer Loyalty and Insights and President of the AAdvantage loyalty program. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Maria Garton

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Maria joined Signature in August 2018. She has significant experience in General Counsel roles, both in the US and globally, including eight years in the aviation sector. Prior to joining Signature, she was Director and Associate General Counsel, Global Transactions and Compliance for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

Maria began her career working in corporate law and litigation in New York and Washington, D.C.. She joined Mubadala Development Company PJSC in 2010 as General Counsel for its Strata Manufacturing aerostructures manufacturing company and the Horizon International Flight Academy, based in Abu Dhabi, before joining Lockheed Martin as Associate General Counsel in 2015. Maria graduated in law from Columbia University.

Anurag Gupta

Chief Information Officer

Anurag became Chief Information Officer of Signature in August 2021, with responsibility including strategic oversight for the organizations Information Technology needs and leading infrastructure and data center services. In his role, he also manages IT support services, application development, and information security.

Anurag previously served in the capacity of Chief Information Officer at EnLink Midstream and Murphy USA, leveraging technology and Enterprise Resource Planning solutions to support 24/7 field oeprations. He holds several degrees, including a Master's of Business Administration from Duke University and a Master's of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Geoff Heck

Senior Vice President, Global Operations

Geoff has been a long-standing employee of Signature for more than 26. As Senior Vice President of Operations for North America, Heck manages over 4,000 employees and maintains full operational responsibility for 130 FBOs, including the safety, service, and performance delivery of each location.

Prior to his current role, Geoff served as SVP of Operations East and SVP of Sales & Marketing. He holds an Commercial Multi-Engine rating from the FAA with over 1,300 flight hours.

Paul Hirt

Head of Kaizen Promotion

Paul joined Signature Aviation in January 2022 and is responsible for implementing continuous improvement and procurement globally. Since 2013, Paul was an operating principal with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and managed improvement projects at Gatwick Airport and several GIP portfolio companies. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Before joining GIP, Paul was the Americas President for Exide Technologies, a global producer of lead-acid batteries. He was also CEO of Sigma Electric, a manufacturer of components for the electrical and utility markets. In addition, Paul spent 26 years at General Electric in a variety of executive positions, including GM of GE Silicones Americas Sales and GM for GE Plastics’ Global Noryl® Resin Business. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Marty Kretchman

Senior Vice President, Operations Planning

Marty joined Signature as part of the Landmark Aviation acquisition in 2016. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Operations Planning with responsibility for all global operations support functions, and leads the Epic Fuels and TECHNICAir MRO portfolio businesses. He has over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry.

Prior to Signature, Marty had various roles leading acquisitions and integrations for Landmark Aviation, served as a General Manager for four different FBO locations and flew business jets professionally. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, holds an FAA Commercial pilot license with land and seaplane ratings, and remains an avid general aviation pilot with over 1,100 hours flight time.