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Saturday, September 29, 2018   (0 Comments)



Boston, Mass. (29 September 2018) -  The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), which serves nearly every major airline in the world as the only non-profit membership trade organization dedicated to improving passenger experience for the past four decades, announced its new 2018-2019 Board of Directors.

This year marks changes in several officer positions on the Board including the naming of Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair as APEX President, Anton Vidgen, Director of Brand Experience, Air Canada as APEX Vice President and Brian Richardson, Director of Aircraft Interiors, Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity, American Airlines as APEX Past-President, Joan Filippini, Senior Vice President of Non-Theatrical Sales at Paramount Pictures as APEX Treasurer. Additionally, Kevin Bremer, Director of Cabin Systems Engineering - AvionX at Boeing, will be stepping down as APEX Chief Advisor.

APEX is happy to also announce the newly elected/re-elected(*) Directors including Andres Castañeda*, Senior Vice President Marketing and E-Commerce, Aeroméxico, Zina Neophytou, Vice President, Out of Home, BBC Worldwide and Mary Rogozinski, Vice President, Airlines SmartSky. 

These Board members join APEX Secretary: Maura Chacko, Vice President of Development at Spafax, and Directors: Babar Rahman, Head of Global Sponsorships/CSR/Events and In-Flight Entertainment/Connectivity at Qatar, Michael Childers, Chief Consultant, Content and Media Strategy at Lufthansa Systems, Ingo Wuggetzer, Vice President of Marketing at Airbus, who are each fulfilling each of their current terms.

“I believe I speak for the entire Board in saying that being selected by our membership to represent them is an honor and responsibility we all take seriously,” said Katie Goshgarian, APEX Executive Director. “The new Board is committed to working with the members to truly understand the aspirations of our membership, and look toward the year ahead with new and ambitious goals that will advance our association, and the industry as a whole.”

Elected by APEX members, the Board of Directors comprises volunteers from both airline and vendor member companies; each brings insight and experience to meet the growing needs of the association and industry.

The 2018-2019 Board was announced by Juha Järvinen during the association’s Annual General Meeting at the 2018 APEX EXPO, the industry’s largest members-only PaxEx event dedicated to the entire passenger experience. EXPO drew nearly 5,000 attendees - including representatives from more than 100 global airlines.  APEX EXPO co-located with International Flight Services Association (IFSA) Conference & EXPO, and Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) Americas.




·       President – Juha Järvinen, Finnair

·       Vice President– Anton Vidgen, Air Canada

·       Treasurer – Joan Filippini, Paramount Pictures

·       Secretary – Maura Chacko, Spafax

·       Past President – Brian Richardson, American Airlines



·       Andres Castañeda, Aeroméxico

·       Michael Childers, Luftansa Systems

·       Zina Neophytou, BBC Worldwide

·       Babar Rahman, Qatar

·       Mary Rogozinski, SmartSky Networks

·       Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus


For more information on APEX please visit apex.aero, sign up for the APEX Daily Experience e-newsletter, or follow APEX on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.



About The Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) 
APEX encompasses a network of businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe.  As a non-profit, APEX reinvests all of its resources to better serve its members.  Every day, APEX members evaluate the passenger experience through an influential community and are improving every aspect of the airline experience: from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and inflight dining.  APEX works to strengthen the industry and enable business opportunities through education, innovation, networking and recognition.  For more information, please visit APEX.aero.



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