Aviation and travel expert joins OAG to support digital growth

OAG, the global leader in flight information, has announced that Gehan Talwatte has joined the business as non-executive Chairman, the company said.

As Chairman, Gehan will help drive OAG´s growth and strategic vision and further the company´s leadership position in the aviation and travel industry.

Formerly CEO of Ascend, the global aviation data, analytics and advisory business, Gehan brings tremendous insight of the travel data sector as well as great experience in building digital information businesses that serve a global market. At Ascend, he established the company as a leading brand in aviation information, launching an online product portfolio and expanding the business globally before selling it to Reed Elsevier in 2011.

Following its acquisition in February 2017 by Vitruvian Partners, OAG has been working to step up its new product development and increase investment in its range of digital applications and data that serve the entire travel sector, including airlines, airports, online travel agencies, airport retailers, hoteliers and other businesses that require both real-time information on air travel and analysis of industry trends and market opportunities.

OAG is a flight information company that provides accurate, timely and actionable digital information and applications to the world´s airlines, airports, government agencies and travel-related service companies.

Vitruvian is an independent private equity firm which specialises in middle-market buyouts and growth capital investments. Vitruvian focuses on investing in ´dynamic situations´ in industries characterised by growth and change such as technology & telecoms, media, business services, consumer services, financial services, life sciences and healthcare.