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LEADERSHIP

Focused on Our Vision

Michael Friisdahl

Executive Chairman

Michael was appointed as Executive Chairman of Signature Aviation in January 2022. In this capacity, he provides leadership to the Board of Directors while steering the strategic direction of the organization to ensure it's continued growth and digital maturity.

Michael was most recently President & CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, notable for its ownership of several professional sports teams and major venues throughout Canada. Previously, he served as President & CEO for Air Canada Leisure Group, including Air Canada Rouge, and CEO of Thomas Cook North America.

Tony Lefebvre

Chief Executive Officer

Tony joined Signature in July 2013 as President and Chief Operating Officer of Aircraft Service International Group and has been responsible for a number of portfolio businesses during his tenure, including Global Engine Services and Signature TECHNICAir. Tony has over 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry.

Prior to joining Signature, Tony was the Chief Operating Officer of Spirit Airlines and previous to that role he was with US Airways serving as their Managing Director Europe. Tony holds a BS in Business from the University of Maryland.

Shawn Fallon

Chief Financial Officer

Shawn joined Signature in 2009 and held a number of senior finance roles at Signature before being appointed Chief Financial Officer, BBA Aviation Global Engine Services Americas and then CFO Global Engine Services. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Signature Flight Support on 1 January 2019.

Shawn joined Signature from Flight Options LLC, the US fractional private jet operator. Shawn graduated with honors from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, MBA program and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from John Carroll University

Maria Garton

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Maria joined Signature in August 2018. She has significant experience in General Counsel roles, both in the US and globally, including eight years in the aviation sector. Prior to joining Signature, she was Director and Associate General Counsel, Global Transactions and Compliance for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

Maria began her career working in corporate law and litigation in New York and Washington, D.C.. She joined Mubadala Development Company PJSC in 2010 as General Counsel for its Strata Manufacturing aerostructures manufacturing company and the Horizon International Flight Academy, based in Abu Dhabi, before joining Lockheed Martin as Associate General Counsel in 2015. Maria graduated in law from Columbia University.

Virasb Vahidi

Chief Real Estate Officer

Virasb joined Signature in July 2021 as Chief Revenue Officer. Virasb is an Executive Managing Director with Global Infrastructure Partners with over 20 years of commercial, financial, and operational experiences in diverse industries including media, travel, telecommunications, technology, and finance. As CEO of Otter Media, Virasb led the online media firm’s operations and strategy.

As Chief Commercial Officer at American Airlines, under Virasb's leadership, the airline expanded the reach of its global network, broadened its partnerships, led the modernization of its fleet, and renewed virtually every aspect of the customer experience. As SVP Strategy and Planning at AT&T, Virasb led the finance, strategy, planning, and investor relations organizations and played a key role in crafting and executing the AT&T/SBC merger.

Anurag Gupta

Chief Information Officer

Anurag became Chief Information Officer of Signature in August 2021, with responsibility including strategic oversight for the organizations Information Technology needs and leading infrastructure and data center services. In his role, he also manages IT support services, application development, and information security.

Anurag previously served in the capacity of Chief Information Officer at EnLink Midstream and Murphy USA, leveraging technology and Enterprise Resource Planning solutions to support 24/7 field oeprations. He holds several degrees, including a Master's of Business Administration from Duke University and a Master's of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Derek DeCross

Senior Vice President, Global Customer Engagement

Derek is responsible for development and execution of Signature's sales and customer engagement strategies, serving to promote the voice of the customer and creating solutions to to best serve the unique needs of all customers, ultimately driving customer loyalty and creating mutual value.

Following his most recent appointment as SVP, Global Sales for IHG Hotels & Resorts, Derek was responsible for sales efforts of IHG's portfolio of 17 brands, covering over 6,000 properties in more than 100 countries. He has been a board member on numerous travel and hospitality councils, and holds a Master's of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.