SimpliFlying welcomes two aviation stalwarts to its Board of Advisors – Donald Schenk and Patrick Murphy

Dear SimpliFliers,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Donald Schenk, the President & CEO of Airline Capital Associates in New York, and Patrick Murphy, the Chairman, Aviation Group at Performance Consultants International and the former Chairman of RyanAir, have joined SimpliFlying’s Board of Advisors. It’s an honor to have them on-board our fast-growing team as Advisors.

As part of the Board of Advisors, Don and Patrick will be mentoring the SimpliFlying team on business strategy and share their wisdom about the nuances of the industry, given their combined experience of almost 100 years!

About Donald Schenk

Mr. Schenk founded ACA in 1989 after leaving Bankers Trust where he was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance Department. At ACA he developed a large practice advising aerospace companies on market trends and financial services companies on due diligence reviews of both airlines and aerospace companies. In addition to his consulting practice, Mr. Schenk’s financial advice has been used by numerous airlines and aerospace companies. Internationally, his financial advice has been focused on the emerging markets. Mr. Schenk has also developed an extensive practice in corporate restructuring and aviation-related expert witness work.

Mr. Schenk’s expertise in aviation and aerospace matters has been recognized by such groups as the Batelle Center for High Speed Commercial Transport, the National Transportation Review Board, the Air Force Procurement Command, and the National Defense Transportation Association.

Learn more about Don and ACA Associates here

About Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy is Chairman of the Aviation Group at Performance Consultants International, a major provider of advisory, coaching and mentoring services to many industries around the world.

Patrick has over thirty years experience in the airline industry. For the past five years he has been a consultant and advisor to a number of airlines specialising in transformation, becoming low cost, establishing frequent flyer programmes and managing ancillary revenues. He was on assignment to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the previous five years where in addition to advising member airlines he was responsible for the acquisition of a number of publications outsourced by Member airlines; establishing e-commerce in IATA; overseeing all business planning activities; establishing project management systems and controls; and transforming the Tariffs function within IATA.

Prior to this Patrick was Director and Chairman of various air transport sector companies including Ryanair, Aer Turas, Datalex Communications, and Allied Management Systems. As Chairman of Ryanair in its formative years he was responsible for its transformation from a traditional full-service regional airline into the low-cost airline that it is today.

Learn more about Patrick Murphy here.

Please join me in welcoming Don and Patrick to the team.

Keep flying, SimpliFlying,

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Shashank Nigam

Shashank Nigam

Shashank Nigam is the CEO of SimpliFlying and a globally sought-after consultant, speaker and thought-leader on airline branding and customer engagement strategy. He is also the youngest winner of the Global Brand Leadership Award and has addressed senior aviation executives globally, from Chile to Canada and from Sydney to San Francisco. Shashank's perspectives have found their way into major media outlets, including CNN Travel, CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg UTV, Mashable and in leading publications like Airline Business, ATW, Aviation Week, and others. Shashank studied Information Systems Management and Business Management at Singapore Management University and Carnegie Mellon University. Hailing from India, he splits his time between Singapore and Vancouver, among other cities.
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