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More than 55 years of leadership

and still going strong

While other companies come and go, NetJets has been an industry leader for more than a half-century. Founded as Executive Jet Airways in 1964, we invented the shared aircraft ownership concept, perfecting it for a small fleet then gradually expanding it to the more than 760 aircraft1 we operate today.

Our carefully managed growth has surpassed every other private operator many times over. There is literally nothing else like NetJets in the world. No other private flight provider comes close to our global reach, responsiveness, and commitment to safety.

Leadership is defined by


The complexity behind owner simplicity

We have a saying that “1,000 people touch every NetJets flight.” This is only a slight exaggeration.

Owner Services Teams, operations specialists, pilots, maintenance experts, and other aviation professionals work in concert to provide a seamless Owner experience, from flight request and ground transportation to departure and return.

A Legendary


Two decades after making an indelible mark on World War II, three retired military pilots set out to change the course of aviation history. In 1964, U.S. Air Force Generals Curtis LeMay and Paul Tibbets Jr., a pilot of the Enola Gay, and U.S. Army Air Corpsman Bruce Sundlun established NetJets’ forerunner, Executive Jet Airways (EJA). These key figures, together with the help of Hollywood celebrities Jimmy Stewart and Arthur Godfrey, built one of the world’s first aircraft-management businesses.

In 1984, Richard Santulli purchased EJA and two years later created the revolutionary concept of shared ownership. The business grew steadily as travelers chose the advantages of fractional jet ownership over the limitations of charter service and the challenging economics of whole aircraft ownership. Legendary investor Warren Buffett purchased his first share in 1995 and was so impressed with the service that he bought the company three years later, adding it to the Berkshire Hathaway family. EJA continued to add aircraft, facilities, and global programs while constantly seeking new ways to ensure the best safety and service for Owners. And in 2002, the company name was officially changed to NetJets Inc. 
Today, NetJets continues to uniquely and expertly fill a crucial need: helping our Owners take care of what’s most important in their lives. As we add state-of-the-art aircraft worldwide and take every step possible to provide the most seamless and enjoyable travel experience, we will continue to meet and exceed our Owners’ expectations.

Executive Leadership Team

Quote Open‘Only NetJets’ means: We are committed to enhancing the life of each Owner, one exceptional travel experience at a time.Quote Closed
Adam Johnson
Chairman & CEO
With a passion for business aviation and an unyielding commitment to safety and service, Adam has contributed to NetJets’ continued growth and success for more than 20 years.
Adam has served as Chairman and CEO of NetJets Inc. since June 2015. During his 25-year tenure at NetJets, his many leadership roles have included President of Global Sales, Marketing and Service; Senior Vice President of NetJets Administrative Services; Senior Vice President of Logistics; and Executive Director of the NetJets Aviation Flight Center. He received a bachelor’s degree in business management from The Ohio State University and is a licensed pilot.
Quote Open‘Only NetJets’ means: Only at NetJets do you see so many passionate and energetic people who are endlessly dedicated to making sure each flight is perfect. Quote Closed
Alan Bobo
Chief Operating Officer
Alan is dedicated to making each flight perfect—with a meticulous focus on safety, then service.
A pilot for more than 30 years, Alan pursued a career in aviation after purchasing his first airplane at 19 years old. Born and raised in Georgia, he worked as a flight instructor, ag pilot, and air ambulance pilot before joining NetJets as a First Officer in 2001. He quickly moved up the ranks to become a Captain and Chief Pilot of the Global fleet before transitioning to leadership positions, creating a nearly 20-year tenure with the brand.

In 2014, Alan was named Director of Operations, and two years later he took on the role of Executive Vice President of Operations. He was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer, leading all Crewmembers and overseeing Flight Operations. His nearly 3,000 Employees span positions in maintenance, training, dispatch, meteorology, scheduling, and safety.
Quote Open‘Only NetJets' means: Providing unparalleled service and support to both our Owners and our internal team members.Quote Closed
Bradley Ferrell
Executive Vice President, Administrative Services
An executive with extensive experience in commercial litigation, employee relations, and corporate governance, Brad works to ensure the integrity and protection of the NetJets brand on a global scale.
Brad joined NetJets in 2017 as Deputy General Counsel. Two years later, he was promoted to EVP of Administrative Services, and now leads NetJets’ Cybersecurity, Global Procurement, Global Security, IT, Audit, Risk, Human Resources, Philanthropy, and Legal teams which span operations in the United States and Europe. 

Prior to joining NetJets, Brad was a Partner at an Ohio-based law firm, where he focused on complex federal and state litigation. His strong background in serving others has translated into his greater focus on the strategy and direction of NetJets Inc.—primarily working to create exceptional experiences for internal team members.
Quote Open'Only NetJets' means: Data helps uncover insights that make it possible for us to implement the NetJets business strategy. Quote Closed
Bram Van Der Ploeg
Strategic alignment is essential for business success, and Bram uses data and insights to support NetJets’ complex business.
He joined the company in 2000 as Chief Technology Officer, leading the implementation, design, and development of the IntelliJet 2 system. In 2004, Bram joined the business side of NetJets as Vice President of Scheduling, responsible for the implementation and development of the scheduling function and the operations planning and analysis functions. He’s held his current role as Executive Vice President of BI&A since 2015. Prior to joining NetJets, Bram was with Cambridge Technology Partners, a fast-growing, publicly traded technology consulting firm, where he served in a variety of business and technology-related leadership roles. A native of Kampen, the Netherlands, he has extensively traveled Europe and worked in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. Bram holds an Engineering degree in Software Development from the Hogeschool Enschede as well as a degree in Business Administration.
Quote Open'Only NetJets' means: Enhancing our fleet—daily—to continuously exceed our Owner’s expectations via the best aviation professionals in the industry.Quote Closed
Doug Henneberry
Managing the entire NetJets fleet is a big responsibility, and Doug excels.
In his role, Doug is responsible for the entire life cycle of the fleet: purchase of new aircraft fleets, disposal of NetJets legacy fleets through QS Partners, and execution of a fleet plan that maintains NetJets’ industry leadership. Doug joined NetJets in 1993 as a Flight Manager, and during his tenure served as Scheduler, Director of Strategic Planning & Business Development, Vice President of Systems Operation Center, and Senior Vice President of Scheduling and Logistics. These positions gave him the opportunity to learn the business holistically from the inside out. Doug received a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation from The Ohio State University®.
Quote Open'Only NetJets' means: Ensuring our Owners never have to make compromises in their lives. It’s allowing them to do more and miss less, while keeping safety and comfort top of mind. Quote Closed
Patrick Gallagher
An expert in private aviation, Patrick has served the industry in numerous roles for more than 20 years.
As President of Sales, Marketing and Service at NetJets, Patrick is responsible for strategic oversight of NetJets’ sales and marketing efforts across the Americas. He understands the unique needs of people seeking private aviation and develops solutions that improve the lives of NetJets Owners. Prior to joining the company, Patrick was Executive Vice President, Head of Sales at Marquis Jet Partners, where he was instrumental in the sale of Marquis Jet to NetJets. He previously held sales and management positions at Jet Aviation and United Airlines®. An Ohio native, Patrick received a Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University®. He serves as a board member for Lurie Children’s Hospital Foundation in Chicago, where he and his family have lived for more than 20 years.
Quote Open'Only NetJets' means: Employing financial discipline in everything we do allows us to provide uncompromising service to our Owners and a fair return to our shareholder, and to reward our team members for their outstanding performance. Quote Closed
Pete Richards
Pete plays a strategic role in the overall management of NetJets Inc., combining accounting and financial expertise with business insights to help guide informed business decisions.
Pete joined the company in 1998 as Corporate Controller, and has since served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer. Before joining NetJets, Richards served as Senior Manager – Assurance at the international accounting firm KPMG LLP, in Columbus, OH, working with clients in the aviation, manufacturing, retail, distribution, and professional services industries. Pete is a summa cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University® with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is on the Advisory Board to the Chairman of the Accounting and MIS Department at Ohio State's Fisher College of Business® and was a founding board member and Treasurer of the NetJets Family Foundation.
1Total number of aircraft includes aircraft under management by NetJets and Executive Jet Management.

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