Aircell's top execs swap roles

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Aircell's two top executives have swapped positions with long-standing president and CEO Jack Blumenstein assuming chairmanship from Ron LeMay, who in turn is taking the role of president and CEO.

A 38-year veteran of the communications industry, having served as an officer at Southwestern Bell, AT&T and Sprint, LeMay has consulted closely with Blumenstein on Aircell's strategy and operational matters.

"Jack [Blumenstein] and I work well together, bringing complementary strengths to the table, as demonstrated over these past few years. As we adopt our new roles, I look forward to continuing to work closely with Jack to build on and extend the success Aircell has achieved under his leadership," says LeMay in a statement.

Adds Blumenstein: "It is time for us to take Aircell to the next level and become the multibillion dollar company we know it can be. Ron brings a tremendous depth of operational experience from his days at Sprint and Sprint PCS and has worked closely with me over the past few years to guide the company through its rapid growth. I look forward to continuing to work with Ron and writing one of the great business success stories."

Aircell has experienced dramatic growth over the past few years since winning its exclusive Federal Communications Commission (FCC) frequency license in 2006. The company has secured contracts with eight commercial customers - Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. Delta and Northwest merged last year.