Michael Small has been the CEO of Gogo, a provider of inflight Wi-Fi, texting, voice calling and entertainment since 2010. The Itasca-based company, which launched in 2008, provides Internet connections to 9,000 corporate and passenger planes, including U.S. airlines such as American Airlines and Virgin America, and global carriers Aeromexico and Japan Airlines.
In 2015 the Chicago-based company received federal approval for a new much faster Internet connection technology called 2KU. The service is satellite-based and offers connections over water. The company’s other technology is air-to-ground, using cellular towers.
“Clearing the necessary regulatory hurdles to provide this service to an aircraft flying anywhere around the globe is no small feat,” Small told the Tribune.
Several airlines have signed on for the service, including Chicago-based United Airlines.
Before joining Gogo, Small was CEO of Centennial Communications and executive vice president and CFO of 360 Degrees Communications, a regional wireless service provider.
He serves on the board of First Midwest Bancorp.
Small has a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.