John Gale, Senior Director of Aviation – Nike Flight, leads Nike, Inc’s international flight department based in Portland, OR. John has held numerous senior leadership roles in both Fortune 100 companies and in the military as a Director and Senior Director of Aviation, Global Operations, Maintenance and Logistics. Originally from Upstate New York, he has lived all over the United States and spent a significant amount of time in various places around the globe primarily in Asia and the Middle East.
John’s formal education includes an MBA from Boston University as well as a MA in Strategic Planning and Public Relations from George Washington University. Additionally, he earned a professional certification in Business Leadership and Change Management from Cornell University, completed the Aviation Safety Officer curriculum at the United States Naval Post Graduate School and is a National Business Aviation Association Certified Aviation Manager (CAM).
John is an International Captain, an FAA designated flight instructor and a former United States Marine Corps Officer with over 8,000 hours of total flight time, having earned type ratings in 9 different aircraft. John is an active member of the National Business Aviation Association, former New Jersey Aviation Association board member and currently serves as an officer of the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association board of directors.