June 1 2018  |  People

SmartSky appoints Chief Commercial Officer

By Rachel Debling


SmartSky Networks announced on May 30 that Nancy Walker has been hired in the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer.

Walker brings with her more than 30 years experience in the aerospace technology and inflight connectivity industries, including years of aerospace business development and avionics engineering. According to a press release from the company announcing the appointment, Walker will lead the company's network-related sales and marketing efforts across various verticals, including business and commercial aviation.

Ryan Stone, president of SmartSky Networks, commented in the release: “Nancy’s experiences and skills are a perfect complement to the existing SmartSky executive team. Her unique background enables her to understand the intricate details and interdependencies of IFC system engineering, program management, contracts, customer service, and customer support. Our partners and customers alike will appreciate her ability to distill this complexity into an easy to understand form, to improve our communications with them, to better understand and address their pain points, and most importantly, to help them succeed.”

Walker recently served as a senior portfolio manager for Leonardo DRS. Previously, Walker held various positions in technical, programmatic, leadership and business development areas at NASA, Harris, LiveTV and Thales.

“I am very excited to help shape the future of aviation by joining the innovative team at SmartSky,” said Walker in a statement. “My experience in launching new IFC products and services, obtaining STCs and linefit, and establishing appropriate customer care will allow me to support and fulfill the unique connectivity requirements of SmartSky’s partners and customers.”

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