Wheels Up appoints Todd Smith Chief Financial Officer


Finance veteran joins to help build the future of private travel

NEW YORK, June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wheels Up Experience (NYSE: UP) today announced that it has hired Todd Smith as the new Chief Financial Officer, starting June 30, 2022.

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Smith comes from General Electric where he held several senior positions in global finance during his 25-year career – most recently as Global Head of Financial Planning and Analysis and Chief Financial Officer for GE Corporate. In a career spanning four continents, he served as CFO for several GE business units including Gas Power Systems, Capital International, Healthcare Life Sciences, Capital Real Estate and Commercial Finance. He began his career at GE in 1997 as a member of the Financial Management Program, then spent more than five and a half years on GE’s corporate audit staff.

“We are delighted to welcome Todd to the Wheels Up family. He has deep experience in a number of key financial disciplines, experience in public markets and a global perspective that will be invaluable as we continue to shape the future. of private travel,” said Wheels Up CEO Kenny Dichter. “Equally importantly, Todd is a dynamic and experienced leader who has successfully led high-growth, mature businesses across a range of industries. He will be a great addition to our leadership team.”

At GE Corporate, Smith played a key role, working directly with the CEO and members of the management team, to drive the financial analysis around the recently announced decision to split the 130-year-old multinational into three separate public companies. . Throughout his career at GE, he has demonstrated the ability to drive profitable growth, operate in highly complex and regulated environments, lead M&A activity and build high performing finance teams.

“With its growing market, strong brand and talented team, Wheels Up has an incredible opportunity to fundamentally change private travel, making it more rewarding and accessible for millions of consumers around the world,” said Smith. . “I am thrilled to join a group of senior leaders who are engaged and committed to their mission to deliver an exceptional experience – in the air and on the ground – for members and customers.”

At Wheels Up, Smith will oversee all aspects of the company’s global financial organization, including trade finance, accounting, FP&A, treasury, tax and investor relations. He will also join the company’s management team.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida Warrington College business and resides in the Boston area with his family.

About Wheels Up

Roll up is the leading “on-demand” private aviation provider in United States and one of the largest private airlines in the world. Powered by a growing market of over 1,500 safety-screened and verified aircraft, Wheels Up is the only company in the industry to offer a total private aviation solution that focuses on safety and service, with flexibility on all aircraft types, membership programs, enterprise solutions, aircraft management, whole aircraft sales and commercial travel benefits through a strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines.

The Wheels Up app allows members and customers to search, book and fly. Wheels Up Connect, Core and Business memberships offer upgrades such as flight sharing, hot empty flights, shuttle flights, shared flights, exclusive Wheels Up Down events and exclusive benefits for members of brands of prominent lifestyle. Wheels Up’s ongoing Wheels Up Cares program aligns with philanthropic organizations and initiatives that affect and matter to the company and its customers, members, stakeholders, families and friends. The Wheels Up Cares fleet includes five custom-painted Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft, with each aircraft serving as a flying symbol for a specific social cause.

To learn more about Wheels Up, visit wheelsup.com.

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