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Flight Data Systems Appoints New President, Anthony Rios


April 6, 2021
Wings Staff

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Anthony Rios’ leadership and business skills are supported by the technical knowledge he gained through 13 years in engineering specific roles. (Photo: Flight Data Systems)

Flight Data Systems, which provides flight data solutions for the business, military, and commercial aviation segments, has named Anthony Rios as President, effective immediately. Rios will succeed Darren Privitera, who remains with the company as Managing Director through May 2021, working with Rios to develop long-term strategies for the organization.

In his new role, Rios will manage Flight Data Systems’ global operations in Dallas, Melbourne, and London, while focusing on synergizing the organization’s product portfolio for innovation.

“After an extensive search, we are proud to announce Anthony as the new President of Flight Data Systems,” said Michael Wilkerson, Vice President of Aviation and Government Businesses, ACR Electronics. “Anthony’s passion for aviation and rich executive experience in sales, engineering, and operations makes him the ideal candidate to further develop Flight Data Systems’ strong position in the market.”

Rios brings two decades of experience with innovative, aviation technology start-ups as well as established market leaders. Flight Data Systems describes him as an entrepreneurial leader with domestic and international experience in strategy development, sales, product development, operations, and engineering. These skills are supported by the technical knowledge he gained through 13 years of engineering specific roles.

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“I am excited about leading Flight Data Systems into its next chapter of growth,” said Rios. “We have a talented, multinational workforce with key partnerships already in place and an impressive array of technologies and solutions for business, commercial, and military segments of aviation. I look forward to leading this company and strengthening our partnerships within the community and industry.”

Rios holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), an FAA Commercial Pilot License (SEL-PPL, MEL-PPL, MEL-CPL, Instrument, High Performance/Complex, CE500 Type Rating) and regularly flies General Aviation aircraft for business and pleasure.

Rios is the latest member of Flight Data Systems’ leadership team which includes recent additions Kerry Farrish, Vice President of Sales, and David Mewbourne, Director of Engineering.