Joe Leader serves as the CEO of APEX, a four-decade old leading nonprofit global organization committed to accelerating airline passenger experience. As CEO of APEX, Leader has initiated strategic collaborations for the association with key industry organizations to advance the interests of participating groups, their members, their customers and their passengers. Partnerships including Aircraft Interiors EXPO, Future Travel Experience, SKIFT, and Global Connected Aircraft Summit. Leader continues to work with members and working groups to improve universal standards, key industry research, and regulatory advocacy.
As passenger experience becomes a growing profit center for airlines, Leader works with senior executives at all of the world’s leading airlines, top industry suppliers, government organizations, and major media groups, to expand APEX’s global industry leadership. A forerunner in aviation and technology, Leader has been a leading executive for more than two decades across technology and aviation companies. Leader holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emory University, MBA in technology management, and conducted his business Ph.D. research on accelerating technology adoption in aviation.