Commonwealth Business Media (CBM) has announced a major restructure of its OAG business, designed to bring greater global focus on serving its customers in the aviation, cargo and corporate travel industries worldwide. The OAG business will operate globally in three vertical sectors: Aviation Services, Cargo Services and Travel Services, and integrate the specialist knowledge and expertise of CBM’s other leading aviation brand, BACK Aviation Solutions (BACK).
Alan Glass, President & CEO of CBM will continue to serve as CEO of OAG. Glass has announced today his senior management team effective immediately for the new OAG organization, which was acquired by CBM parent United Business Media plc in December 2006.
Steven Casley, currently President of BACK Aviation Solutions and with over 25 years of management experience in the aviation market, is appointed Chief Operating Officer of OAG. In this role he will be responsible for leading the business integration, strategic planning and market development. He will retain his role as President of BACK, based in New Haven, Connecticut.
Stephen Bray, currently Managing Director, Product Service is appointed as Managing Director, Operations, for OAG Worldwide. Based at OAG’s office in Dunstable, UK, Bray will be responsible for all operational activity for the OAG and BACK businesses as well as customer service and fulfillment. Bray has been with OAG since 2001.
John Weber is appointed as Managing Director, Aviation Services, based in New Haven. This new group combines the aviation data services groups of BACK and OAG into one unit, bringing together OAG’s global data services and MAX suite of data analysis solutions with BACK’s worldwide aircraft fleet, financial and traffic data. Weber has been in the aviation data business for more than 20 years, most recently as VP Sales at BACK and formerly as VP of Airline Business for OAG.
David Rosen has been named Managing Director, Travel Services, also based in New Haven. Rosen is currently a principal at Nextfeed LLC, a firm that facilitates travel spending analysis for corporations worldwide. Rosen brings an extensive level of experience in distribution planning, market management and sales and information technology having worked for both United Airlines and US Airways.
Mike Navin is appointed as Interim Managing Director, Cargo Services. Navin has been working with OAG in a consultancy role for the last year and will be leading our business expansion plans for serving the cargo community.
Duncan Alexander, formerly Managing Director for OAG’s EMEA region has been appointed VP Business Development & Industry Relations. He will assist in the reorganization process with specific emphasis on market development activities.
Bill Andres, formerly SVP OAG Americas, will be working with the OAG management team on special projects and new product development. Joe Laughlin, Vice President Sales will take over the day-to-day management of OAG’s Chicago sales office,
Continuing in their current roles are Mario Hardy, Vice President/ASPAC (Singapore), Scott Daniels Vice President/Asset Management (New Haven) and Tulinda Larsen Managing Director, Analytical Services (Newark). Bart Jan Haasbeek and Dirk de Rooij of Inforwarding (OAG Dutch acquisition) will continue to play pivotal roles in OAG’s cargo business.
CEO Alan Glass commented: “OAG has tremendous brand strength within the travel and transportation industries, renowned for being the world authority on flight information. It is my intention to grow the OAG and BACK businesses into a truly customer-centric organization, with customer needs at the heart of our product development and service delivery. The reorganization announced today will drive our strategy to turn the OAG business into a more profitable data and analytics business serving all segments of the aviation and travel markets by operating in business verticals that are directly related to how our customers buy and use our products and services.
“Travel and transportation is a global industry and we have customers on all continents for each of our business units. With this new management team now in place, we can pool our strengths and expertise to deliver real value to our customers, ensuring our portfolio is aligned to meeting customer needs across all our sectors and all geographies.”