Jeff Kennedy, Chairman & President
Jeff Kennedy is a co-founder and major shareholder of FlightStats and has served as the company’s Chairman since December 2012. He served as CEO from the company’s formation through 2012. Jeff was co-founder and CEO of Sight & Sound Software, the predecessor company to FlightStats, from its inception in 1993 until the company’s sale to Datalex plc in 2000. While with Datalex, Jeff served as Chief Executive Officer for the Americas. Jeff’s past experience includes 11 years at Tektronix, where he worked as an engineer designing integrated circuits, before moving into product marketing. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah and an MBA from the University of Oregon.
Tod Hutchinson, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Tod Hutchinson is a co-founder of FlightStats and has served as the company’s CEO since December 2012. He has served as CFO since the company’s formation. Tod brings 25+ years of corporate finance and operating experience to the company. Tod served as CFO of Sight & Sound Software, the predecessor company to FlightStats, and helped lead the sale of the company to Datalex plc. Prior, he spent two years as VP-Finance at Metro One Telecommunications, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of information services to wireless carriers. He has five years of venture capital experience and three years of public accounting experience with Price Waterhouse. He is a former CPA and holds a bachelors degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Oregon.
Mark Tilden is an original shareholder of FlightStats, and was the co-founder and CTO of Sight & Sound Software, the predecessor company to FlightStats. Mark spearheaded Sight & Sound’s work in the on-line travel technology sector, and helped lead the sale of the company to Datalex plc. He was responsible for the development of American Airlines’ Personal AAccess product, and for the development of the BookSmart booking engine. Prior to Sight & Sound, Mark worked at Tektronix for nearly 17 years in software and hardware engineering and engineering management roles, and he has extensive experience leading technology development projects. He holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering and has completed course work toward a masters in Computer Science.
Eric Pappot is the COO of Sevilla Beheer BV, a Dutch investment company. In this role Eric is responsible for the operational performance of Sevilla and its investments. Prior to joining Sevilla Beheer, Eric held various jobs in the food and beverage industry. He worked as Production Director for Nolet Distillery BV, Schiedam; as Supply Director for Ketel One World Wide (a Diageo joint venture); and as Supervisor of a bakery. In these roles Eric was responsible for operational procurement, performance, quality, logistics, organization and various projects such as production extension and new products. Eric has significant experience with fast-growing businesses and he has the skills to focus the organization in order to meet its critical success factors and to manage its risks successfully. He is a graduate engineer (M.Sc.), and he joined the FlightStats Board in 2014.