eBizJets, a leader in executive jet transportation services, announced the appointment of John I. Williams, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer.
After building Biztravel.com, which was sold to Rosenbluth International, the former American Express veteran fills the top spot for the expanding business jet service provider outside Boston.
An instrument-rated pilot with more than 1,400 logged flight hours and a history of enabling successful business models in both the Internet and travel markets, Williams is a real win for eBizJets. In making the announcement, President and co-founder Jeff Creed said, “John brings with him an intimate knowledge of our customer base from his years with the American Express Platinum Card; experience in Web-enabled travel services from Biztravel.com and exceptional dedication to customer service. In our current expansion, we need someone with a demonstrated track record in building successful businesses. We look forward to benefiting from John’s insights and marketing expertise.”
Williams’ first priority as CEO will be to take over responsibility for the company’s operations, marketing and technology strategy, enabling co-founders Creed and Paul Svensen to focus on business development and carrier relations.
Prior to joining eBizJets, Williams served as president and CEO for Biztravel.com, Inc. While under his stewardship, the privately-held, Internet-based, travel related services company for frequent business travelers won several prestigious industry awards including the 1999 Webby Award and PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award. Undoubtedly Williams’ career hallmark is his dedication to customer service. His extensive experience also includes eight years with American Express during which he served as vice president for the highly regarded Platinum Card and as senior vice president/general manager of the Consumer Travel Network where he supervised the company’s 850 retail travel offices, quadrupling earnings.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School and Amherst College, Williams lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.
eBizJets is privately-held and is a portfolio company of CSFB Private Equity, the $3.7 billion private investment arm of the global Credit Suisse Group. The company serves as an agent for a number of independent air carriers and acts as an intermediary between carriers and passengers. It assists customers to obtain air transportation from a carrier that eBizJets represents. eBizJets is not an air carrier, and does not own or operate the aircraft on which its customers fly. The carriers are fully licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation and are responsible for the air transportation arranged by eBizJets on behalf of its customers.Details