NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, 24 October 2016 – FTS, a fast rising new provider of inflight wireless entertainment platform, today announced that two Aviation and Inflight Entertainment industry luminaries have joined its senior leadership team in USA. Rich Salter has been appointed as Chief Technology officer (CTO) while Jack Sunabe has joined as Director of Program Management. The new additions shall further boost FTS product development capabilities and also strengthen program delivery to FTS’s inaugural launch customer in North America. This news follows the company’s previous announcement that well-known industry marketing executive Ben Fuller had joined FTS as Director of Marketing for the Americas.
Rich received his B.Sc and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Ohio University and interned in its Avionics Engineering Center. Later, he cofounded Airshow map displays and consulted on in-flight entertainment for airlines and suppliers. In 2003, he cofounded Lumexis. Rich has served on the board of the WAEA (now APEX) and its Technology Committee (TC), ARINC Cabin Systems Subcommittee and the FAA PED Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Rich received the APEX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, which is the highest accolade in the industry.
Jack’s illustrious career spans over 25 years in the Aerospace industry. His In-flight-entertainment (IFE) experience started at Sony Trans Com then with Rockwell Collins after its acquisition. He took on positions of Product Line Manager and later, Principal Program Manager. Prior to joining FTS, Jack served as the VP OEM Programs and New Product Development at Lumexis where he was instrumental in managing the process to become a Boeing approved IFE supplier.