PRIVATEFLY TARGETS WEST COAST GROWTH WITH NEW SENIOR SALES APPOINTMENT

Feb 10, 2020

Robert Shaplen is appointed to lead a new regional sales team

On-demand private charter provider PrivateFly, a Directional Aviation company, has announced the appointment of Robert Shaplen, as Senior Vice President Of Sales – West Coast.

Reporting to the company’s President of the Americas, Gregg Slow, Shaplen will be focussed on building clients and charter flight sales in California and other Western states, alongside PrivateFly’s existing US teams, based in Boston and Fort Lauderdale. The company plans to build a sales team centred in the region, and to open an office in California within the next 18 months.

Shaplen brings seven years of industry sales experience to the new role, most recently from Gama Aviation, and previously from XOJET. He says: “I am delighted to be joining PrivateFly, and excited by the opportunity to play a significant role in our US expansion. The West Coast region is a hugely important one for business aviation.

“PrivateFly’s combination of speed, service and expertise - with the industry backing of our parent company Directional Aviation - offers a compelling proposition to clients. I’m looking forward to building our presence here and making PrivateFly the ‘go to’ choice for on-demand charter in the region.”

Gregg Slow, PrivateFly’s President for the Americas, added: “We are now well-established on the East Coast, with our teams in Boston and South Florida performing and growing well. And while we have a robust client base throughout the United States,  it is now the right time to focus our efforts on West Coast expansion. Robert has a proven track record in industry sales, combined with the energy and leadership skills we need to build this important new team. We’re excited to welcome him, and to see the impact and growth he can make as the year unfolds.”

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About PrivateFly:

PrivateFly is a leading booking platform for on-demand private jet charter and part of Directional Aviation. With thousands of accredited aircraft integrated worldwide, PrivateFly combines innovative technology with a team of aviation experts, available 24/7 - making it faster and easier to arrange a private jet, wherever and whenever you want to fly.

PrivateFly holds Argus Certified Broker and Wyvern Broker best practice accreditations and is a preferred partner of Virtuoso, the world's leading luxury travel network. Established in 2008, PrivateFly’s Global Headquarters are located in St Albans, UK while the US operation is Headquartered in Boston with a sales office focused on the Americas in Ft. Lauderdale.