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.
John Hibbard – Chief Revenue Officer
John Hibbard joined FlightStats in 2012 and is responsible for sales and marketing activities across all verticals. John has over 20 years experience as a senior manager, including VP of Marketing and Director of Product Management at publicly-traded Infospace Inc. He was directly responsible for growing Webcrawler.com’s traffic from 1 million unique visitors per month to over 8 million, with over $12 million in direct contribution. He was also responsible for Infospace’s $20 million annual paid search program. John founded and sold StayInStep, and served as Director of Product for Corillian Corp., now Fiserv (FISV), which developed marketing software solutions for 57 of the top 250 US banks.
David White – Chief Customer Officer
David White joined FlightStats in 2007 and serves as the Chief Customer Officer. In this role, David works with key customers, content providers, and channel partners, and insures all are properly represented in product and development plans. David has nearly 3 decades of experience in technology product management, engineering management, marketing communications and business development and over 15 years on the management teams of companies delivering Web-based applications and services. David was also a member of the original Sight & Sound Software team and was actively involved in the sale of the company to Datalex plc.
Steve Wilson – Chief Product Officer
Steve Wilson has been with FlightStats since the company’s inception. Steve served as Chief Technology Officer from 2004 until 2012, at which time he moved into the role of Chief Product Officer. As CPO, Steve works with FlightStats sales and marketing team to identify customer needs, defines products based on market requirements, and works with the engineering team to get new products developed. Steve also oversees the company’s data collection and data science efforts. Prior to FlightStats, Steve served as a lead engineer on the Sight & Sound Software and Datalex plc teams. His experience spans over 15 years in a variety of technical consulting roles for the travel and financial services industries. He holds a bachelor’s of business administration in finance from Boise State University, and is currently completing work towards an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Matt Reynolds – Chief Technology Officer
Matt Reynolds joined FlightStats in 2011 and serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. With over 13 years of experience with software development and product delivery, Matt helps FlightStats with high-level technical strategy and product delivery. This includes directing the efforts to strengthen overall product availability and resiliency, shepherding the internal adoption of SOA, and design and management of key internal services.
John K. Watson, PhD – VP of Engineering
John Watson joined FlightStats in 2012 and serves as the company’s VP of Engineering. In this role, he oversees delivery of all FlightStats software products and platforms. After receiving his PhD in Astronomy from Northwestern University, he decided to focus his career on his true passion, writing software. For the past 15 years, John has been writing and designing software and leading teams in various industries, from Utilities to Finance and now to Travel. In his spare time, he maintains several open source projects and an iPhone app, dabbles in machine learning and is an avid collector of German and French wine. A dedicated bicycle commuter, John will often be seen arriving to work in his bright yellow bike gear, rain or shine.