APEX Committees

The APEX committee structure is comprised of Board committees and member committees. Only APEX Board members are eligible for membership on Board committees. Any individual from an APEX member company may participate in a member committee. Committee members are appointed by the committee chairperson and approved by the APEX president.

Each APEX committee is comprised of industry volunteers with specialized expertise in each area of focus. Committee chairpersons and co-chairpersons are appointed each year by the current APEX president. Committee Board liaisons are members of the executive committee assigned to report committee activities and recommendations to the entire Board of Directors.

To serve the best interests of the industry, APEX committee members represent airlines and vendor companies in different regions of the globe.

If you are a member and interested in volunteering for any APEX committee, please complete the online interest form by clicking here. Please also feel free to contact the appropriate APEX headquarters staff or email board@apex.aero

Executive Committees

  • Executive
     

    Chair: Alfy Veretto, Virgin America
    Members: Brian Richardson, American Airlines; Joan Filippini, Paramount Pictures; Dominic Green, Thales Avionics; Patrick Brannelly, Emirates Staff Liaison: Russ Lemieux

  • Finance
     

    Chair: Joan Filippini, Paramount Pictures
    Members: Bill Grant, Entertainment in Motion; Vy Duong, American Airlines Staff Liaison: Katie Goshgarian

  • Nominating
     

    Co-Chairs: Brian Richardson, American Airlines; Alfy Veretto, Virgin America
    Members: Lee Casey, Lumexis Corporation; Mark Horton, Paramount Pictures
    Staff Liaison: Katie Goshgarian

    Objectives
    • Improve awareness of required time commitments for Board service among potential candidates and their companies
    • Align nominating processes with strategic plan 

Member Committees

  • Education
     

    Co-Chairs: Kevin Bremer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Mary Rogozinski, Gogo
    Members: Brian Bardwell, Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Kenneth Briggs, Thales Avionics Inc.; Lee Casey, Lumexis Corporation; Maura Chacko, Spafax; Ian Dawkins, OnAir; Andy Grant, Emirates; Pravin Jumabhoy, Images in Motion; Stefan List, Airbus; Alan McInnes, DMD; Corinne Streichert, United; Jovita Toh, Encore Inflight Entertainment; Elliot Wagner, Discovery Communications, LLC; Ruth Walker, Disney Studios Non-Theatrical; David Withers, digecor
    Staff Liaison: Lauren Beneri

    Meets weekly.

    Objectives

    • Develop cutting-edge education and relevant industry knowledge
    • Define the passenger experience marketplace and the involved stakeholders and develop programs to serve those needs
    • Strengthen the perception of year-round member benefits rather than a single event organization
    • Offer more educational opportunities to members, including content targeted to key segments of the industry through conference, workshops, webinars, on-demand technologies and other means

  • Events & EXPO
     

    Co-Chairs: Jennifer Clark, Glogal Eagle Entertainment Connectivity; Dominic Green, Thales
    Members: John Courtright, SIE; Rowena Falcinella, Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Joan Filippini, Paramount Pictures; Marcus Goncalves, Interact; Kate Groth, Global Eagle Entertainment; Betsy Hamlin, Cinesky Pictures; Brandi Wilson, NBCUniversal
    Staff Liaison: Kirsten Arthur, CMP

    Meets monthly/as needed. 
     

    Objectives
    • Produce EXPO Program, including venues and organization of all social functions, menus and entertainment
    • Assure that all APEX events are supportive of APEX strategic goals and objectives and are meeting the needs of members and the marketplace
    • Improve airline participation in APEX events
    • Establish partnerships with related organizations to achieve established goals and objectives

  • Governance
     

    Chair: Dominic Green, Thales
    Members: Maura Chacko, Spafax; Mariana Pecanha, Touch Inflight Solutions
    Staff Liaison: Katie Goshgarian

    Meets as needed.

    Objectives
    • Broaden the membership of the Association to formally represent a broader group of activities covering the airline passenger experience beyond “entertainment”
    • Review governance processes and structure of the Board and committees.
    • Assure transparency to, and communication with, membership
    • Continue responsibility for reviewing and approving new member applications

  • Marketing & Communications
     

    Chair: Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus
    Members: Joe Carreira, Touch Inflight Solutions, Inc.; Yodit Fikre, Ethiopian Airlines; Stephanie Goldstein, LRA Worldwide; Dominic Green, Thales Avionics; Adrian Lambert, Global Eagle Entertainment; Éric Lauzon, Air Canada; Garen Moreno, DesignworksUSA; Melissa Pauléat, Global Eagle Entertainment; Jose Racowski, TAM Airlines; Matthias Walther, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Staff Liaisons: Dani Kolb, Chris Peterson, Bonnie Sonnenschein

    Meets monthly.

    Objectives
    • Deliver relevant, quality and timely industry news and information
    • Develop APEX brand and property and safeguard the use of such property
    • Increase brand awareness to key industry influencers
    • Ensure editorial content and advertising is aligned with APEX mission and objectives 

  • Membership
     

    Co-Chairs: Luay Qunash, Royal Jordanian Airlines; Brian Richardson, American Airlines
    Members : Loren Bolstridge, Delta Air Lines; Joe Carreira, Touch Inflight Solutions, Inc.; Markus Gilges, VT Miltope; Joel Joslin, Stellar Entertainment; Joan Russell, Global Eagle Entertainment; Dave Sampson, Mezzo; Tebogo Selokane, Global Eagle Entertainment                                    
    Staff Liaison: Dana O'Donnell

    Meets every 6 weeks.

    Objectives
    • Broaden the membership of the Association to formally represent a broader group of activities covering the airline passenger experience beyond “entertainment”
    • Increase airline membership
    • Define the passenger experience marketplace and the involved stakeholders and develop programs to serve those needs
    • Strengthen the perception of year-round member benefits rather than a single event organization

  • Technology
     

    Chair: Michael Childers, Lufthansa Systems
    Members: Barry Atkinson, Gogo; Andy Beer, Spafax; David Coiley, Inmarsat Ltd.; Victor Hernandez, Global Eagle Entertainment; Erik Miller, American Airlines; Jonathan Norris, Lumexis Corporation; Bryan Rusenko, APEX; Rich Salter, Lumexis Corporation; Pierre Schuberth, Thales Avionics; Ian Walberg, Airborne Interactive; Ashley Woodall, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Staff Liaison: Lauren Beneri

    Meets bi-monthly.

    Objectives
    • Develop cutting-edge education and relevant industry knowledge
    • Develop industry best practices
    • Working with the Education Committee, leverage technology to deliver content remotely and on demand
    • Serve the membership by creating a forum to share technical information and provide relevant industry knowledge

  • Awards
     

    Chair: Dominic Green, Thales
    Members: Patrick Brannelly, Emirates; Michael Childers, Lufthansa Systems; Éric Lauzon, Air Canada; Luay Qunash, Royal Jordanian Airlines; Brian Richardson, American Airlines; Alfy Veretto, Virgin America
    Staff Liaisons: Katie Goshgarian; Dana O'Donnell

    Meets as needed.

    Objectives
    • Establish Passenger Choice Awards as the “Oscars” for airlines
    • Improve use of awards as a marketing tool for APEX
    • Recognize membership and industry leaders with Avion and honorary awards

  • MultiMedia Market
     

    Co-Chairs: Joan Filippini, Paramount Pictures; Éric Lauzon, Air Canada
    Members: Jennifer Arnold, Delta Air Lines; France Capor, Sony Pictures Releasing; Maura Chacko, Spafax; Melanie de Leiros, Global Eagle Entertainment; Marcus Goncalves, Interact; Lissa Laubertie, Spafax; Mary Rogozinski, Gogo; Cathy Walters, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ltd.
    Staff Liaison: Kirsten Arthur

    Meets bi-montly/as needed.

    Objectives
    • Maximize value of MultiMedia Market event
    • Marketing focus on MMM as a must attend event
    • Define the marketplace and the involved stakeholders and develop programs to serve those needs

 

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