NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) – JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) announced today that Amy Burr has been named president of the company’s wholly owned venture capital subsidiary, JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV).
Burr has been with JetBlue since 2018 as Managing Director of Operations and Partnerships at JTV, where she has built an ecosystem of partners and uses for the many technologies of JTV’s portfolio companies.
As head of JTV, Burr will shape the strategic direction of JetBlue’s venture investments and facilitate the integration of successful startup programs into the airline’s broader innovation initiatives. She reports to Brandon Nelson, JetBlue’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary who also serves as JTV’s oversight officer. Nelson helped found JTV in 2016 and has served as chair of the subsidiary’s investment committee for the past several years.
“Amy has done a phenomenal job leading the JTV team over the past few months and we look forward to her bringing her innovation experience to life as part of the JetBlue executive team,” said Nelson.
Burr has been a leader in developing, sourcing, and implementing innovative travel technology for 21 years. As the original founder of Virgin America in 2004, she worked in areas such as strategy, corporate program management, and commercial and sales development. She ended her time with the company as head of merger integration with Alaska Airlines.
Burr succeeds Bonny Simi, founder and president of JTV from 2016-2020. Simi served JetBlue in a variety of roles including Pilot, Director, Customer Service, and Vice President, Talent for 18 years. She joined the JTV portfolio company Joby Aviation in December 2020 as Head of People and Operations and will remain a consultant to the JTV team.
“Amy and I worked very closely in preparing for this transition and I am proud that she officially takes on this role. She is well placed to lead the team in the next phase and I look forward to continuing to support her success as a consultant, ”said Simi.
About JetBlue Technology Ventures
JetBlue Technology Ventures invests in and works with early stage startups that are innovative in the travel, transportation and hospitality industries. The company prioritizes investments that drive the seamless customer-centric journey; the accommodation experience; Next generation flight operations and enterprise technology; Sales, loyalty and earnings management; and sustainable travel. Founded in 2016, JetBlue Technology Ventures is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) based in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, visit www.JetBlueVentures.com.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline® and a leading airline in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries customers in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. For more information, visit jetblue.com.