NetJets Names New EJM Head, Eyes China Market
On Tuesday, Berkshire Hathaway-owned NetJets named Benjamin Murray as president and CEO of its aircraft charter and management subsidiary Executive Jet Management (EJM). Murray replaces Albert Pod, who held the top spot at EJM since 2000. A spokesman told AVweb that NetJets has made the decision to explore the concept of expanding its business to China, and Pod will manage this project full time. "Mr. Pod has been deeply involved in NetJets' previous explorations of the China market and brings expertise and relationships to his new role," the spokesman said. Before his latest appointment, Murray spent two years as the vice president for new business development at fractional provider NetJets, and the four previous years as vice president of sales for EJM. According to NetJets Chairman and CEO Richard Santulli. "Ben knows the aircraft management and charter business as well as anyone, bringing a strong sales background and prior experience at EJM to his new role. I have full confidence that Ben is the right individual to lead EJM going forward." Murray is an 11-year aviation veteran and is active in the aviation industry as a member of the National Business Aviation Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association.