Jeff Kennedy, Chairman
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 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 the previous 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.
Henk Pals is a Principal and Co-Owner of Z-Venture B.V., based in Holland. Henk has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry, first as CPA and now as investor and business entrepreneur with broad experience in Boardroom Consultancy, Strategy Development, M&A, Business Counseling, Financing and Funding, Financial management, Accounting, and Auditing for small and medium sized companies. He has been a member of the board of FlightStats since 2007.