Blade Air Mobility appoints Reggie Love to board to replace David Zaslav
NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The board of directors (the “Board”) of Blade Air Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLDE, “Blade” or the “Company”), a global technology-based air mobility platform, has announced today that Reggie Love has been appointed to the Board of Directors, replacing David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Inc., who is stepping down.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to David for his dedicated and essential service to the company since its inception,” said Eric Affeldt, Chairman of the Board. “David is leaving his position on the Board of Directors in good hands as Reggie brings with him excellent leadership qualities that will allow him to immediately contribute to the success of the company. ”
Love is a Senior Advisor at Apollo Global Management, a high growth global alternative asset manager, where he focuses on supporting and developing a strategy for human capital, public engagement and diversity initiatives, equity and inclusion. He will sit on the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Prior to Apollo, Love was a partner at RON Transatlantic EG, an international financial holding company. From 2009 to 2011, Love served in the White House as the personal assistant to US President Barack Obama.
Love, a graduate of Duke University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, also serves on the boards of the Cox Media Group and the National Summer Learning Association.
Zaslav, currently the company’s largest individual outside shareholder, was the primary seed investor in Blade and an initial board member of Blade’s predecessor company, Blade Urban Air Mobility, Inc.
“David has trusted Blade from day one. His passion for our business and active engagement with management have helped make the company what it is today, ”said Rob Wiesenthal, President and CEO of Blade.
“With the successful completion of Blade’s IPO transaction last spring, now is the perfect time for me to step down from the board. It’s been a fantastic seven-year journey working with Rob and the team as they turned Blade into a publicly traded urban air mobility company from the ground up, ”said Zaslav.
About Blade Urban Air Mobility
Blade is a technology-based global air mobility platform committed to reducing travel friction by providing cost-effective air travel alternatives to some of the most congested overland routes in the United States and abroad. Today, the company mainly uses helicopters and amphibious planes. Its lightweight equipment model, combined with its exclusive passenger terminal infrastructure, is designed to facilitate a smooth transition to electric vertical aircraft (“EVA” or “eVTOL”), allowing the public to have low-cost air mobility at both silent and emission-free. free.
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