Former JetSuite president Stephanie Chung is stepping into a new role as chief growth officer for private flight provider Wheels Up.
In the newly created position, Chung will be responsible for revenue generation through new client acquisition and growing a diverse membership base with corporations, associations, executives, entrepreneurs, and sports and entertainment personalities. Chung, who will be based in Dallas and report to Wheels Up Founder and CEO Kenny Dichter, takes on the new role as Wheels Up is rapidly expanding with the new aircraft sales business along with the acquisitions of Gama Aviation and Delta Private Jets.
Among the first African Americans to lead a major private aviation company, Chung repositioned JetSuite as a high-end provider, upgrading the fleet and elevating the service. Under her purview, JetSuite was voted one of the Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign. On April 28, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Over her 30 years in the aviation industry, Chung has also served with US Airways, Delta Air Lines, and Bombardier. She is a member of C200, a community of the most successful women in business, and serves on the NBAA Advisory Council, as well as the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Advisory Board. Further, she has been recognized in D CEO Magazine's Top 500 and inclusion in the Ebony Power 100.
"I've known Stephanie for many years and watched her tremendous successes within our industry, so it's with great pride and excitement that we welcome her to Wheels Up as our first chief growth officer," said Dichter. "She shares our commitment to diversification as a driver for growth and new member acquisition."
"Wheels Up has redefined private aviation in the air and on the ground, and I am thrilled to further its strong trajectory of growth with a key focus on diversity," added Chung.