flyExclusive Appoints Matt Lesmeister as Chief Financial Officer

Zach Nichols has been promoted to Chief Accounting Officer

KINSTON, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- flyExclusive, Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: FLYX) (“flyExclusive” or the “Company”), a publicly-traded provider of premium 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.

“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,” said Jim Segrave, CEO and founder of flyExclusive. “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.

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

Segrave also thanked outgoing interim CFO Bill Barnard for his service to flyExclusive.

“Billy has contributed so much to our company over the last several years, and he has provided me personally with invaluable advice. I wish him well in his next step.”

About flyExclusive

flyExclusive is a vertically integrated, FAA-certificated air carrier providing private jet experiences by offering customers a choice of on-demand charter, Jet Club, and fractional ownership services to destinations across the globe. flyExclusive has one of the world’s largest fleets of Cessna Citation aircraft, and it operates a combined total of approximately 100 jets, ranging from light to large cabin sizes. The company manages all aspects of the customer experience, ensuring that every flight is on a modern, comfortable, and safe aircraft. flyExclusive’s in-house repair station, aircraft paint, cabin interior renovation, and avionics installation capabilities, are all provided from its campus headquarters in Kinston, North Carolina. To learn more, visit

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Source: flyExclusive, Inc.