Marguerite M. (Margee) Elias
Class of 2020
Margee Elias is a senior executive in the technology industry with more than 30 years of global business experience. She has participated in numerous initial public offerings and also has deep expertise in other capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation and corporate governance. Margee has worked directly with Boards and executive teams on CEO and executive leadership transitions, launching new businesses, international expansion, dealing with industry downturns and investor relations strategies.
Ms. Elias is currently Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Gogo Inc., which provides in-flight connectivity and entertainment services to commercial airlines and owners and operators of business aircraft. Ms. Elias joined Gogo in 2007 – prior to the inception of its commercial airline business – and has seen it grow from a start up to a company that has the industry’s leading market share, $900 million in revenues and 1100 employees. At Gogo, she has provided thought leadership and guidance on legal and compliance matters, risk management, executive compensation, complex contractual relationships, cybersecurity and data privacy. Margee is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Gogo’s senior-most management team comprised of the CEO and his top six executive officers. The ELT has led Gogo’s international expansion, its IPO and other debt and equity financings.
From 2004 to 2007, Margee was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of eCollege.com, a publicly traded provider of outsourced e-learning solutions. At eCollege, Ms. Elias was a member of the four-person leadership team that planned and executed the successful sale of the company to Pearson Education.
Ms. Elias spent more than a decade as a corporate attorney, first at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, and then at Katten Muchin Rosenman. In such capacity, she executed complex financings and transactions for private equity firms, investment banks and public and private companies in a broad range of industries. She has extensive capital markets experience in IPOs, acquisition financings, secondary offerings, convertible debt and debt transactions.
Since 2007, Ms. Elias has been a member of the Board of Directors of Helix Education Inc., a privately held provider of technology-driven admissions and retentions solutions to higher education institutions. She chairs Helix’ Compensation Committee.
Ms. Elias is a graduate of Loyola University Law School of Chicago, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and first in her class. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northwestern University.
Ms. Elias is an elected member of the American Law Institute.