Magellan Jets bolsters executive suite with four hires

Boston-based Magellan Jets is tapping former NetJets, Marquis Jet, and Wheels Up executives to expand its leadership team.

By Doug Gollan, July 19, 2023

Boston-based Magellan Jets is tapping former NetJets, Marquis Jet, and Wheels Up executives to expand its leadership team

Jet card and membership flight provider Magellan Jets has hired four senior executives.  

According to a press release, the move is “part of its ongoing commitment to be the industry-leading portfolio of private aviation solutions”  

The new executives will “drive the company’s continued focus on delivering outstanding customer service, elevated product & loyalty offerings, and experience-enhancing private aviation technologies.”  

Expanding senior leadership

Joining the Boston-based private aviation company are Matthew Harris, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer; Josh Lesnick, Chief Commercial Officer; Terrance Truta, Chief Technology Officer; and Todd Goldstein, Vice President of Sports & Entertainment Aviation Sales.  

“We’re thrilled to bring Matthew, Josh, Terry, and Todd aboard to grow and scale our company in exciting new ways,” said Magellan Jets CEO and founder Joshua Hebert.  

He added, “These exciting additions to the Magellan family bring a wealth of aviation and luxury hospitality experience that will help us expand and improve on all facets of our clients’ experience.”  

Magellan Jets President Anthony Tivnan said, “The private aviation market is going through major shifts and changes.

With our strong and stable foundation, these highly regarded executives will put us in a truly unique position to differentiate our services and deliver consistency and superior value to our customers across all their aviation needs.”  

Matthew Harris, Executive VP, Chief Operating Officer  

Harris will be responsible for all aspects of the Magellan customer and team member experience, daily service operations, and customer retention.  

He will also ensure the continued delivery of Magellan’s extensive industry-leading safety protocols across all product lines.  

Prior to joining the company, Harris served as Executive Vice President of NetJets, where he led owner and employee service delivery for 14 years to more than 5,000 corporate and high net-worth customers and private jet owners.  

Harris has also served as Chief Operating Officer of Milestone Aviation Group, the world’s largest civilian helicopter fleet and leasing business.  

He replaces Todd Weeber, another former NetJets executive who left the company in May to head TransMedics Aviation.  

Josh Lesnick, Chief Commercial Officer  

Lesnick joins as Chief Commercial Officer, overseeing all sales, marketing, customer loyalty/rewards, and partnership initiatives.  

He previously served as President of Collective Retreats-an experiential outdoor hospitality company, CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer of Wyndham Hotels Group, and head of global customer loyalty and North America marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.  

Lesnick led the design and roll-out of multiple award-winning customer loyalty and rewards programs, including Starwood Preferred Guest, Wyndham Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport, and Audience Rewards-The Official Rewards programs of Broadway and the Arts.  

Terrence Truta, Chief Technology Officer  

Truta comes aboard in September as its Chief Technology Officer.  

He most recently served as SVP of Product Management and CTO of Wheels Up.  

Earlier in his career, he was the Chief Technology Officer of Marquis Jet Partners and Development Manager for WebMD Health Corporation.  

Todd Goldstein, VP of Aviation Solutions, Head of Sports & Entertainment  

Todd Goldstein will focus on building Magellan’s Sports & Entertainment presence and expanding its corporate account base.  

Prior to taking on his role at Magellan, he spent 18 years at NetJets and Marquis Jet Partners, where he started and ran their professional golf program.  

Earlier this year, Magellan announced it was expanding into aircraft management.  

It also opened its first private terminal, located at Hanscom Field outside of Boston.

Last year, the company reported revenues of $120 million.

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