flyExclusive appoints Matt Lesmeister as chief financial officer


flyExclusive, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of private jet charter experiences, today announced the promotion of Matt Lesmeister to Chief Financial Officer, effective June 25, 2024.

The Company also announced the promotion of Zach Nichols to Chief Accounting Officer from his previous role as Senior Vice President of Finance.

Mr. Lesmeister joined the company on May 30, 2024, as Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff and has 14 years of public company experience across various finance roles, most recently at Fox Factory Holding Corp.

Jim Segrave, CEO and founder of flyExclusive said: “We are excited to have Matt lead us through our next phase of growth as Chief Financial Officer.

“His extensive public company experience will be highly valuable as we continue to add focus and rigor to our finance department.

“I look forward to working closely with Matt and Zach to continue executing on our business strategy and delivering an industry leading experience for our clients.”

Lesmeister served most recently as Vice President, Transformation and Strategy at Fox Factory Holding Corp., a publicly traded global leader in the design and manufacturing of premium products for sport and off-road vehicles.

At Fox Factory, Lesmeister built an FP&A organization from the ground up with an emphasis on business partnership, cross-functional collaboration, KPI management and the efficient deployment of capital resources.

Through best practice deployment and a relentless focus on operational efficiency, Matt spearheaded a global transformation initiative, integrated multiple acquisitions, and drove continuous operational improvement.

Prior to joining Fox Factory in 2016, Lesmeister served in various roles of increasing responsibility at United Technologies Corporation, an aerospace and defense technology conglomerate. Lesmeister has an MBA from The University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University. He is a licensed pilot and an aviation enthusiast.

Matthew Lesmeister, CFO of flyExclusive said: “I was drawn to flyExclusive because it is unlike any other business in private aviation.

“Because of the company’s vertical integration strategy, we have full control over what we offer our customers, and we have a great opportunity to act strategically in the months ahead as we continue our journey as a publicly-traded company.”

Mr. Nichols joined flyExclusive in 2020 as Financial Controller and has held roles of increasing responsibility since.

Prior to his time with FlyExclusive, he worked as a Finance Compliance Officer for a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering, a publicly traded global technology and engineering group in the aerospace industry.

Zach started his Finance career in Public Accounting, serving small to mid-sized businesses with Sullivan, Shearin & Company.

He earned a Master of Accounting from East Carolina University and Bachelor of Economics and Management from The University of Alabama.