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gillian  hayes
ceo, aviaa

In her role as CEO at AVIAÂ, Gillian Hayes is leading the company’s efforts to build a community around general aviation procurement; bringing with her a PhD in Computer Science and almost twenty years of experience in technology and innovation. With her deep knowledge of data management, she’s uniquely suited to delivering the company’s mission to improve cost and efficiency for business jet owners, operators, and suppliers through the combination of proprietary algorithms and human expertise.

In 2017, Gillian decided to take a sabbatical from teaching and research to bring her expertise to AVIAÂ. “I like to go back and forth between academia and industry,” she explained. “I bring current, cutting-edge academic research into industry. AVIAÂ and our clients can save a lot of time and money just by reviewing what academics have already found in their research—whether it is user experience, financial modeling, or supply chain.” AVIAÂ has incorporated this expertise-first approach into their mission, using knowledge and feedback from employees, clients, advisory boards, and existing research as the foundation of the community.

A lifelong learner, Dr. Hayes maintains her tenured endowed position as the Kleist Professor of Informatics at UC Irvine while growing her passion for aviation.  Gillian’s experience in industry and academia, and her expertise in design, data analysis, and 21st century technologies make her an invaluable leader of the AVIAÂ team.