FlightCar Strengthens Top Leadership With Experienced Executives From FedEx and La Quinta Hotels

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FlightCar appoints Gregory P. Johnson as Chief Operating Officer, Cory Jones as VP of Marketing to help accelerate the expansion of the car-sharing service among travelers

Greg’s proven record in building businesses and implementing game-changing process improvements as well as Cory’s background in travel and the sharing economy and brand-building expertise will give us an even stronger edge.

With thousands of travelers benefitting from its car sharing service at airports in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, FlightCar (http://www.flightcar.com), today announced two senior appointments to strategically accelerate growth. Gregory P. Johnson, a charter jet operations veteran, takes post as Chief Operating Officer at FlightCar. He will lead the strategic expansion and overall logistics of the car-sharing service for travelers. Also joining the company is Cory Jones, an integrated marketing strategist taking on the role of Vice President of marketing. Jones is responsible for acquiring new users, engaging members in the FlightCar experience, and will work close with Johnson to strengthen and expand the company’s footprint in the car-sharing industry.

FlightCar is a car sharing service backed by celebrity investors designed specifically for travelers that have had to depend on traditional expensive and inconvenient car rentals at the airport. FlightCar connects travelers with others that want to share their vehicle while out-of-town. Travelers who use FlightCar’s car sharing service experience stress-free parking, quick access to a growing number of airport terminals including Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, all while saving, or even making some extra money.

“It’s an honor to have Greg and Cory join the growing FlightCar family,” said Rujul Zaparde, co-founder and CEO of FlightCar. “Greg’s proven record in building businesses and implementing game-changing process improvements as well as Cory’s background in travel and the sharing economy and brand-building expertise will give us an even stronger edge as we expand our customer-centric services and presence in the rapidly growing sharing economy.”

For more than 20 years, Johnson has designed operational improvements, streamlined and integrated business processes, managed facilities planning, and led engineering teams in a range of aviation businesses including some of the nation’s top charter jet brokerages as well as at the overnight delivery arm5of FedEx. In 2003, he founded OneSky Jets, which became one of the top five charter brokerages in the United States before Johnson successfully negotiated the company’s acquisition by Sentient Jet.

Coming from La Quinta Hotels and Accenture where he consulted for big brands like AT&T, Merck, and Verizon, Jones led teams that drove marketing and data integration efforts that increased revenue growth by upwards of 40% percent. Notable among his recent projects was his successful marketing and analytics program for peer-to-peer on-demand ride-sharing start-up Lyft. Operating as Zimride at the time, Lyft experienced significant growth through refined acquisition targeting, UE improvements and engagement marketing.

“Consumers are increasingly embracing the sharing economy, and FlightCar is offering travelers a relevant and financially rewarding system to share their vehicle with others when out-of-town,” said Johnson. “it's a privilege to be part of this rapidly growing company, and provide my experience to help the team find customer-centric opportunities to catalyze the business by streamlining processes and implementing ideas that scale.”

FlightCar introduced its car sharing service last February and now has over 15,000 members, nearly half of which have parked at their lots across San Francisco, Boston, and Los Angeles.

The company recently launched a free monthly parking program, as well as a new option for business travelers who typically expense their parking to pay just $15 per day for airport parking, while also earning up to .50 cents per driven mile when their car is rented. Helping business travelers use their car and travel schedule to participate in the sharing economy, which Forbes estimates put $3.5 billion directly into people’s wallets in 2013, the service targets business travelers who traditionally expense their parking and leave their vehicle parked unused at Boston Logan Airport (BOS), San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles Airport (LAX).

This builds on FlightCar’s success in offering travelers a free airport parking option near BOS, SFO and LAX with an opportunity to earn up to .20 cents a mile when they rent their vehicles out to other travelers.

About FlightCar
FlightCar is the world’s first peer-to-peer car sharing company to operate at airports. FlightCar’s service helps people rent their car to other travelers and make extra cash instead of leaving their car unused at the airport. Backed by influential investors such as Ashton Kutcher, Alexis Ohanian, and Ryan Seacrest, the company is headstrong on pioneering the sharing economy. So far FlightCar has expanded to SFO, BOS, and LAX, with plenty of other airports in its sights. FlightCar’s founders are recent Harvard, Princeton, and MIT dropouts. Follow FlightCar on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook.

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