The company named Tommy Sowers as president of its private charter operation. David Ivy joins as vice president of engineering.
Sowers will oversee charter operations in Kinston. Ivy will operate out of flyExclusive’s new technology hub in Durham, North Carolina, where the company will develop tech applications.
Sowers joins flyExclusive following a successful career in entrepreneurship, academia, the military and public service. He most recently served as the Southeast region lead for innovation for the U.S. Department of Defense and taught innovation and entrepreneurship at Duke University.
Previously he was co-founder and CEO of GoldenKey and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. A U.S. Army Green Beret combat veteran, Sowers previously served as an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
At flyExclusive, he will work with the leadership team to develop and execute the company’s strategic growth plan. The company recently passed 500 employees and approximately $250 million in annual recurring revenue.
“flyExclusive has become one of the fastest-growing companies in North Carolina, with an incredible team of industry veterans using their combined expertise to build an elite brand in private jet travel,” said Sowers.
He added, “With the creation of our new technology hub, we are doubling down on our strategic investment in North Carolina and creating advancements that will power innovative private jet travel offerings as we look toward the next phase of our explosive growth.”
Ivy joins brings experience across a variety of industries, including healthcare and data science. In his new role, Ivy will build an in-house engineering team. It will create and improve applications to increase the efficiency of flyExclusive’s floating fleet of more than 70 light-to-heavy jets.
“flyExclusive’s close proximity to North Carolina’s Research Triangle provides access to some of the best and most creative engineering talent in the nation,” said Ivy. “We will draw on the region’s top software development professionals and data engineers to create technologies that will use artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics to optimize the private jet travel experience for our customers.”