LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: EAGL; EAGLW; EAGLU) (Global Eagle), founded by entertainment industry veterans Harry E. Sloan and Jeff Sagansky, has announced that Jeff Epstein, formerly the Executive Vice President and CFO of Oracle Corporation, and Jeff Leddy, the CEO of HUGHES Telematics, Inc., have agreed to join the Global Eagle Board of Directors as independent directors upon closing of its proposed business combination in which Global Eagle will acquire Row 44, Inc. (Row 44) and 86% of Advanced Inflight Alliance AG (GR:DVN1) (AIA) and will be renamed Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. Epstein also has agreed to serve as the Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Global Eagle's stockholders will vote on the election of Epstein and Leddy to the Board at Global Eagle's upcoming stockholder meeting, at which the stockholders also will vote on the election to the Board of Ed Shapiro, a Partner and Vice President at PAR Capital Management, Inc., who will serve as chairman, Harry E. Sloan and Jeff Sagansky. The Board also will include John LaValle, CEO of Row 44, and Louis Belanger-Martin, CEO of AIA.
Epstein brings more than 25 years of business and finance management skills to the Global Eagle board, having served as EVP and CFO of Oracle from 2008 to 2011. During his tenure at Oracle, Epstein was responsible for all global finance functions and 6,500 employees in 72 countries. Epstein has also served as the Chief Financial Officer at DoubleClick, VNU's Media Measurement and Information Group (now Nielsen) and King World Productions (a unit of CBS Entertainment). Currently, Epstein is a Senior Advisor at Oak Hill Capital Partners and an Executive in Residence for Bessemer Venture Partners, both of which are located in Menlo Park, CA. Epstein currently serves on the boards of Priceline.com and Shutterstock.Leddy is the Chief Executive Officer of HUGHES Telematics, a leader in next generation connectivity solutions, a post he has held since December of 2006. As the CEO, Leddy has led HUGHES Telematics through two important transactions, first a business combination with Polaris Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, followed by the acquisition of the company by Verizon in 2012. With experience steeped in executive management, technical design and strategy, and manufacturing, Leddy was previously Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyTerra Communications before spending more than 20 years in management posts at EMS Technologies. Leddy has also served on the boards of Hughes Communications, Inc. and its subsidiary Hughes Network Systems LLC, Hughes Systique Corporation, ArrowStream Inc. and SkyTerra, which was a public company at the time.