Aircell Appoints Reid Simpson Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Aircell®, the leader in airborne telecommunications for business and commercial aviation, today announced that it has named Reid Simpson to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The appointment further strengthens Aircell’s management team as the company executes strategic growth initiatives over the coming months.

With more than twenty years of business and financial experience, Mr. Simpson will be responsible for Aircell’s financial strategy and operations. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Simpson will report directly to Aircell’s CEO and President, Jack Blumenstein.

“Reid’s broad experience in high growth public and private companies, will add both depth and strength to our outstanding finance group,” said Mr. Blumenstein. “As we introduce air-to-ground broadband Internet in 2008, we are certain that Reid’s extensive knowledge-base will help to better position Aircell to meet the challenges and demands of our own dynamic growth.”

Mr. Simpson joins Aircell from Chicago-based eCollege where he served as Chief Financial Officer and was instrumental in the successful sale of the company to Pearson PLC in July 2007. Prior to eCollege, Mr. Simpson served as Executive Vice President and CFO of publicly traded CCC Information Services, Inc. where he directed all finance and accounting operations, including treasury, SEC reporting, financial planning, budgeting, audit, tax and investor relations. Before CCC Information Services, Simpson was CFO of several public and private Illinois-based companies including The Signature Group, Delphi Information Systems. Mr. Simpson also spent 16 years in various financial management and CFO positions with The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation including DonTech, A.C. Nielsen, and other Dun & Bradstreet operating companies. Mr. Simpson began his career in international accounting with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith (NYSE). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Michigan State University.

In addition to his new role at Aircell, Mr. Simpson is currently a Board member and Audit Committee member for Datamark, Inc., a Salt Lake City-based strategic marketing company serving colleges and proprietary schools.

About Aircell

Aircell LLC is the leader in global airborne telecommunications for the Commercial and Business Aviation markets. The winner of the FCC’s exclusive broadband frequency license in 2006, Aircell is pioneering a revolutionary new wireless broadband system for North America. Aircell broadband system will include robust Wi-Fi hotspots that enable airline passengers to surf the Internet, use e-mail and log on to their corporate VPNs using their personal Wi-Fi equipped devices. The system will also offer airline operational-communications capabilities and provide a path to a wealth of future cabin services. Set for introduction in 2008, the new broadband service will also be available to business aircraft operators, offering a similar set of features. Aircell ( has facilities in Louisville, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois.        

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