Dimensions International, Inc., Announces Spinoff -- Flight Explorer -- Names Walter Kross President/CEO of New Company
Kross, 37-year industry veteran, to lead producer of Flight Explorer ASD, the world's top Internet-based, real-time, flight tracking software platform
Alexandria, VA - January 17, 2001 - Dimensions International, Inc (DI), a leading information technology company that helps the nation's top corporations and government agencies transform data into knowledge, today announced the spinoff of a new company - Flight Explorer - and named Walter Kross, a 37-year industry veteran, as president and CEO of the new company.
DI is the producer of the Flight Explorer aircraft situation display (ASD), the flagship product of the new company and the world's leading, Internet-based, real-time ASD. Flight Explorer provides a significant competitive edge to business users who seek highly accurate, real-time flight data. Flight Explorer's customers include major airlines, regional carriers, integrators, travel and car rental companies, logistics service providers, port authorities, and airports.
"Walt Kross is truly one of the industry's top talents and all of us on the team are very excited to bring him aboard," said Robert L. Wright, chairman and CEO of Dimensions International and chairman of Flight Explorer. "This new venture is part of DI's strategy to be more agile and competitive in the marketplace for flight tracking information."
Kross said, "Flight Explorer already has a great reputation as the leading platform of its kind. The spinoff of Flight Explorer will enable us to serve customers better and move quickly to open new markets for flight tracking information. We have the team in place to make it happen." Other key members of the Flight Explorer team include Patrick Herrity, senior vice president and CFO; and Jeffrey Krawczyk, executive vice president and CTO.
Kross brings a wealth of experience to the Flight Explorer team. He has 37 years of experience in global transportation. Before Flight Explorer, he was a partner and managing director of KPMG, where he served airlines, rail, maritime, trucking, express delivery, and third-party logistics clients, both domestically and internationally.
Kross, a retired Air Force four-star general, served as commander-in-chief of the United States Transportation Command where he oversaw a 168,000-person organization with more than 1,500 aircraft, 120 ships, 1,400 specialized railcars, 12,000 containers, a worldwide network of aerial ports and seaports, and the corresponding physical and IT infrastructure to operate worldwide.
During the Gulf War, Kross served as chief operating officer of the U.S. Transportation Command, directing the largest transportation operation since WWII. He also was commander of the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command, director of the Joint Staff, and director of operations for the U.S. Air Force and commander of the 15th Air Force where he was responsible for six Air Force bases in the western United States. He was the prime champion for DOD's Global Air Traffic Management program, teaming with FAA to establish and fund it.
Kross received a BS in chemistry from Niagara University and two MS degrees, one from Auburn University in government and a second from Southern Illinois University in public administration. He has more than 7,000 flying hours as a pilot, nearly all in large air cargo aircraft operations.
About Dimensions International, Inc.
Dimensions International, Inc., is a leading information technology company that helps the nation's top corporations and government agencies transform data into knowledge. DI is a world leader in four primary areas: information technology, integrated logistics, air space management and air space products. It provides leading-edge technology in electronic commerce/electronic data interchange, air traffic control, radar, global positioning systems, and integrated logistics support and facilities management to government and commercial clients. Major customers include the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense, USAID, the Coast Guard, the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Marine Corps. For more information, call 703-998-0098 or visit http://www.dimensionsinternational.com.
About Flight Explorer
Flight Explorer is the world's leading provider of Internet-based, real-time, flight tracking information and produces the industry's most used aircraft situation display. Customers include the Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines, Cessna, Federal Express, Reno Air, Hertz, Lucent, MCI WorldCom, Raytheon, UPS, TRW and airport authorities in more than two dozen states. For more information, call 703-383-0048 or visit http://www.flightexplorer.com.