Vista Global appoints new top executives at XO; XOJET Aviation, XO relocate to East Coast

By Doug Gollan, August 15, 2019

The moves follow the merger of XOJET and JetSmarter earlier this summer

Two former top executives are exiting XO, formerly XOJET, following its recent combination with JetSmarter. Gregg Slow, president of enterprise at XO has left while James Henderson, president of commercial operations will join Exclusive Resorts LLC as CEO in October it was announced last week.

XO names Blake, Talbott EVPs

James Blake, who began with Vista Global’s VistaJet subsidiary in London before moving to New York to help launch its U.S. presence has been named the executive vice president of sales for XO covering Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Separately, Danielle Talbott, who joined XOJET as a senior aviation advisor in 2012, has been named the executive vice president of sales for North America at XO. Most recently she was a senior vice president at the company and previously worked for Jet Edge and NetJets.

XO’s offices will move from the San Francisco area and now be in primary hubs, including New York, “to ensure we are able to meet with clients on a regular basis,” an official tells Private Jet Card Comparisons.

XOJET Aviation relocates to Florida

XOJET Aviation, the aircraft operator arm of the former XOJET fleet, in which Vista Global is a minority owner, “is optimizing its headquarters positioning to allow its teams to work more closely with its key partners in the United States, and relocating its main site to Florida with the offices currently being finalized.”

After merging XOJET and JetSmarter into a new XO brand, Vista Global has combined XOJETs jet card program with seat-sharing options.

According to the representative, “The move will increase key departments responsiveness and improve efficiencies for clients and is about bringing people closer.”

The official added, “We strongly believe that human interaction, supported by seamless backend technology systems, is critical to provide the highest level of service, and nothing compares to face-to-face interaction to help increase speed and communication. Relocating the offices on the East Coast will also optimize communications with the Vista Global companies operating in the U.S. and the rest of the world.”

Vista Global buys XOJET, JetSmarter

VistaJet chairman Thomas Flohr formed Vista Global as a holding company in September 2018 and weeks later used it as a vehicle to acquire XOJET, with the Part 135 operations being split off due to government restrictions that prohibit foreign ownership of U.S. airlines.

In April, Vista Global purchased online broker and jet sharing specialist JetSmarter before combining it with XOJET under the XO label with new website. It also rolled out new jet card options that enable seats sharing for some of its programs.

The official tells Private Jet Card Comparisons, “At VistaJet and Vista Global we have always prided ourselves on a relatively flat structure to allow us to be nimble and as connected as possible to our customers – this is something that we are looking to continue as the group grows. We also continue to invest in talent from within.”

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