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Industry veterans join Navtech

May 26, 2011, Toronto - Navtech Inc. has appointed two new leaders to direct key growth areas of the company.


May 26, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

Heath Bowden has been named Director of Product Management for the company’s innovative Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) product line and Chris Guida has been named Director, Channel Management. 
 
“These areas are central to Navtech’s aggressive growth strategy and I’m confident that Chris and Heath can help us shape and implement our plans going forward,” said Lee Granger, Navtech Vice President, Product Management.  “They have just the right combination of experience and expertise to help us rapidly grow our business.”
 
Mr. Bowden is an aviation industry veteran and will be responsible for ensuring the worldwide competitiveness of Navtech’s acclaimed EFB products by guiding development initiatives and gauging customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Navtech, he was Director of Aviation Operations Solutions for Jeppesen.  In that role he successfully grew a business unit focused on optimizing airline operations, including flight planning and dispatch, crew resource optimization, and aircraft performance services.  He also has experience deploying complex IT solutions into an airline’s environment.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Bowden held product management positions focused on developing enterprise-level product development software systems for SDRC and EDS PLM Solutions.  Mr. Bowden is also a commercial pilot.
 
Mr. Guida will be responsible for the planning, execution and support of Navtech’s increasingly important channel management strategy.  He has extensive experience in the travel and aviation industries, working most recently for Travelport, where he was a program manager responsible for all aspects of the life cycle of a large enterprise product.  Prior to Travelport, Mr. Guida worked as a consultant for a variety of major firms.  His experience with these firms includes management of mission-critical projects and business strategy planning.
 
Earlier, Mr. Guida was Director of Travel and Transportation Industry Practice for IBM, where he developed a go-to-market solution strategy and partnered with the company’s R&D team on a groundbreaking technology for the travel industry.  He began his career as a Systems Engineer for United Airlines where he worked on complex airline computer systems such as international fare quote, applying his knowledge of expert systems to solve difficult problems.


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