NEW YORK (August 30, 2016) – FlightSafety International announces that Ted Bowlds has been named Chief Information Officer and Joe Warakomski has been promoted to Deputy CIO.
“We are fortunate that Ted has joined FlightSafety as CIO,” said Bruce Whitman, Chairman, President and CEO. “His extensive experience in IT and outstanding leadership abilities will help to ensure this critically important function performs at the highest level.”
“Congratulations to Joe on his promotion to Deputy CIO. His contributions to the development and support of our IT systems, and efforts to design and deploy innovative programs and applications that enhance the services our Customers receive, are most appreciated,” added Bruce Whitman.
Ted has more than three decades of experience leading strategy, planning, administration and organizational development for commercial and military organizations. He is highly experienced in the development of information technology systems and processes, cyber research and engineering management. Prior to joining FlightSafety Ted worked as a consultant to the aerospace industry. His mandates have included strategic planning, working as a subject matter expert for major program proposals, and performing business case analyses on critical software capabilities.
He served in the United States Air Force for over 30 years and retired as a Lieutenant General. His responsibilities included Commander and Chief Executive Officer of the Electronic Systems Center and Air Force Research Laboratories. Ted was also Deputy for Acquisition at the Aeronautical Systems Center, and Program Executive Officer for Airlift and Trainers. He earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Joe joined FlightSafety in 2005 as Business Systems Security Manager. He was promoted to Director, Information Security in 2008. Joe became Managing Director, Business Systems in 2012 and has led FlightSafety’s technology and digital strategy as Executive Director of Information Technology since 2014. Prior to joining FlightSafety he was Co-founder and President of yNetworks, a professional service organization providing enterprise information security services. Joe held previous positions in information security, infrastructure, and software testing and development roles with Pilot Network Services, BlastNet Internet Services and Lucent Technologies. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He holds a private pilot license with an instrument rating certification.
“We greatly appreciate the significant efforts of Joe and all our Teammates who work in Information Technology. Virtually every aspect of our business relies upon the technology they develop and maintain. The excellent support they provide is a key contributor to Customer satisfaction and critical to our success,” said David Davenport, Executive Vice President.
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than 1.3 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
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