• Joe Breitfeller

JetBlue Promotes Amy Burr to President of JetBlue Technology Ventures

Updated: Jul 9

JetBlue has promoted Amy Burr to President of JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV), the company’s wholly-owned venture capital subsidiary. Burr has served as JTV’s Managing Director of Operations and Partnerships since 2018.

JetBlue Technology Ventures' New President, Amy Burr - Photo Credit: Business Wire/JetBlue

On Thursday (July 1st, 2021), JetBlue announced the promotion of Amy Burr to President of the company’s wholly-owned venture capital subsidiary, JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV). Burr joined JTV in 2018 as the organization’s Director of Operations and Partnerships. In her new role as head of JTV, Ms. Burr will shape the strategic venture investment direction of JetBlue and integrate successful startup programs into the carrier’s overall corporate innovation initiatives. She will report to JetBlue’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Brandon Nelson, who also serves as Oversight Officer for JTV.

Burr succeeds Bonny Simi, JTV’s Founder and President from 2016-2020. Simi served JetBlue for 18 years in a range of roles including as a pilot and Director of Customer Service and Vice President of Talent. In December 2020, she joined JTV portfolio company Joby Aviation as Head of People and Operations, and remains an advisor to the JTV team.

In Thursday’s announcement, JetBlue’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Brandon Nelson said,

“Amy has done a phenomenal job leading the JTV team over the past several months, and we’re looking forward to seeing her bring her innovation experience to life as part of JetBlue’s leadership team.”

JetBlue Technology Ventures’ Founder and Former President, Bonny Simi, added,

“Amy and I have been working very closely in preparation for this transition, and I am proud to see her officially step into this role. She is well-positioned to lead the team during its next phase, and I am excited to continue to support her successes as an advisor.”

Amy Burr has been a leader in creating, sourcing and implementing innovative technology in the travel field for the last 21 years. She was also an original founder of Virgin America in 2004, where she worked in areas including strategy, corporate program leadership and commercial revenue development. Burr ended her tenure with Virgin America as the leader of the carrier’s merger and integration with Alaska Airlines.

An Introduction to JetBlue Technology Ventures - Courtesy JTV

Founded in 2016, JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU). JTV invests in and partners with early stage startups creating innovations in travel, transportation and hospitality. Investments are prioritized in initiatives that advance the seamless customer journey, the accommodation experience, next-generation aviation operations and enterprise technology, distribution, loyalty, revenue management and sustainability.

Source(s): JetBlue, JetBlue Technology Ventures, Business Wire