Aviation software and information services company ATP has appointed Norman Happ as chief executive officer and welcomed him to the ATP board of directors. He succeeds Rick Noble, who is retiring and will transition into a role on the board of directors.
“ATP is incredibly fortunate to attract an executive with Norm's experience and reputation as a team builder with a strong track record for growing high-performance companies,” says Noble. “His proven ability to work collaboratively with management teams, drive impressive revenue growth and manage the increased complexity of a large-scale, fast-growing software enterprise will be incredibly valuable for ATP as aviation businesses continue to look for new and better ways of meeting their business needs. I'm excited to see Norm and the team continue to transform the aviation operations industry.”
Happ has more than 25 years as a transformative leader in the software and SaaS industries. He was previously CEO of business messaging platform EZ Texting where he led a complete business transformation, resulting in a significant acceleration in growth, profitability and overall industry leadership. Happ held executive roles across sales, customer support/success and marketing at Intuit, where he was instrumental in transforming the Small Business Ecosystem from individual software solutions to a powerful SMB SaaS platform. Beyond Intuit, Happ held executive leadership roles at Evernote and H&R Block and is the founder of two technology backed ventures. He is also credited with being an early designer and evangelist of SaaS technology and business models, and the designer of breakthrough data science algorithms related to revenue and customer retention. Happ is also the holder of two US patents, and holds a bachelor's degree from George Mason University's Schar School of Public Policy and Government.
“ATP is an established leader in the aviation space with a great heritage, brand and product portfolio built by an incredibly passionate team," says Happ. "With the partnership with Accel-KKR and ParkerGale, we are well-positioned to build an aviation operating platform to serve the evolving and complex needs of the industry.”
ATP's products and services support more than 75,000 aircraft maintenance professionals worldwide. As a global company, ATP has more than 7,500 customers in 137 countries and partnerships with over 90 OEMs.
“The board is very excited to have Norm on the team, and we want to thank Rick for his many contributions to the company as CEO. We also look forward to our continued collaboration with him as a board member,” adds Dean Jacobson, chairman of ATP's board of directors and managing director at investment firm Accel-KKR. “Rick's experience as a seasoned leader of companies and builder of teams has been a key component to ATP's growth, and we know that the company will continue to benefit from his industry knowledge, guidance and insight.”