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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 e-mail board@apex.aero.

 

Executive Committees


  • Executive
    Chair: Brian Richardson, American Airlines     
    Staff Liaison: Russ Lemieux

  • Finance
    Chair: Joan Filippini, Paramount Pictures
    Member: Kevin Bremer, The Boeing Company
    Staff Liaison: Katie Goshgarian

  • Nominating
    Chair: Brian Richardson, American Airlines 
    Members: Lee Casey, Rockwell Collins; Mark Horton, Cinesky 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


  • Awards
    Chair: Dominic Green, Inflight Dublin
    Members: Linda Celestino, Etihad Airways; Michael Childers, Lufthansa Systems; Juha Järvinen, Finnair; Rodrigo Llaguno, Aeroméxico; Jonathan Norris, Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Brian Richardson, American Airlines; Rich Salter, FTS Technologies; Ryanne Van Der Eijk, KLM; Anton Vidgen, Air Canada 
    Staff Liaison: Katie Goshgarian
    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

  • Education
    Co-Chairs: Kevin Bremer, The Boeing Company; Mary Rogozinski, SmartSky Networks
    Members: Tara Bamburg, Southwest Airlines, Brian Bardwell, Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Linda Celestino, Etihad Airways; Andy Grant, Emirates; Pravin Jumabhoy, Images in Motion; Asif Khan, Etihad Airways; Stefan List, Airbus; Emily Martin, Spafax; Patrick Préfontaine, Black Swan; Ryanne Van Der Eijk, KLM; David Withers, digEcor
    Staff Liaison: Lauren Costello 
    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
    Chair: Dominic Green, Inflight Dublin
    Members: John Courtright, SIE; Rowena Falcinella, Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Kate Groth, West Entertainment; Betsy Hamlin, Cinesky Pictures; Steve O'Connor, Spafax; Caroline Soegtrop, Air Transat
    Staff Liaison: Ande Rowe 
    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, Inflight Dublin
    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; Dominic Green, Inflight Dublin; Éric Lauzon, Air Canada; Garen Moreno, DesignworksUSA; Julie Pacino, Rockwell Collins; Stephanie Perrone Goldstein, LRA Worldwide, Inc; Matthias Walther, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Staff Liaisons: Robin Applebaum, Caroline Ku
     
    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: Maura Chacko, Spafax; Brian Richardson, American Airlines
    Members: Loren Bolstridge, Delta Air Lines; Joe Carreira, Touch Inflight Solutions, Inc.; Edwin Cheung, Encore Inflight Entertainment; Markus Gilges, VT Miltope; Joel Joslin, Stellar Entertainment; Joan Russell, Global Eagle; Dave Sampson, Mezzo; Tebogo Selokane, Global Eagle
    Staff Liaison: Saudamini Zarapkar
    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

  • MultiMedia Market
    Chair: Joan Filippini, Paramount Pictures 
    Members: Daphne Braam-Rodgers, Global Eagle; Maura Chacko, Spafax; Kalliope Diakos, HBO; Andrew Fitzpatrick, Monster Entertainment; Martin Henlan, Bloomberg TV International; Lissa Laubertie, Spafax; Angelica McCoy, Warner Bros.; Nadja Rutkowski, Terry Steiner International; Cathy Walters, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ltd. 
    Staff Liaison: Ande Rowe
    Meets bi-monthly as needed.

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

  • Technology
    Chair: Michael Childers, Lufthansa Systems
    Members: Andy Beer, Spafax; David Coiley, Inmarsat Ltd.; Victor Hernandez, Thales; Erik Miller, American Airlines; Jonathan Norris, Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Bryan Rusenko, APEX; Rich Salter, FTS Technologies; Pierre Schuberth, Thales; Dr. Stephan Schulte, Lufthansa Technik; Ian Walberg, Airborne Interactive Ltd.
    Staff Liaisons: Lauren Costello; Saudamini Zarapkar
    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



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