Zulu's Core Team

Kevin Woods

Founder & Chief Customer Officer

Zulu Airline Systems founder Kevin was a customer and user of schedule planning systems while at Delta Air Lines. There he experienced firsthand the tasks that these systems need to accomplish. One such assignment was to restructure the Atlanta hub (ATL) into a continuous structure for better efficiency. To do so, Kevin used scheduling, forecasting and fleet assignment systems to perform analyses that facilitated the decision-making process.

Kevin began his airline systems career at Delta by modernizing and redesigning the reporting platform for post-departure visibility. The new platform incorporated more data to give a fuller picture and enabled the reports to be run daily. These new capabilities proved critical in the days following 9/11 as Delta’s senior executives used them to see snapshots of the airline’s performance.

Kevin also worked for Sabre Airline Solutions in their marketing and solutions management group. Kevin’s academic and business education came from London Business School and Northwestern University.

Bijoy Thomas

Principal Developer

Bijoy has strong airline domain knowledge from his experience as a software developer at American Airlines, and prior to that as a Team Lead at Sabre Holdings. He also brings significant technical knowledge and startup experience to Zulu from his work with the CebaTech.

Bijoy is principal developer for Zulu’s innovative solutions and is the founding member and thought leader for Zulu’s technology team. He continues to stay at the forefront of technology innovations, quickly learning and adopting the best approaches to solve problems while creating high quality software for customers.

Bijoy holds a Masters in Computer Science from George Washington University.

Marija Miglane

Customer Success Consultant - Europe/Middle East

Marija has tremendous experience in scheduling and slot management from her roles as Head of Scheduling for FlyBE in London, Manager of Network Planning at Qatar Airways and Network Planner at Air Baltic.

Marija is located in Latvia and will focus on supporting Zulu customers in Europe, U.K., Russia, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  She has a Masters in Transport Economics and Logistics from Riga Technical University.

Chua You Aik

Customer Success Consultant - Asia / Australia

You Aik is an expert with several flight scheduling tools and systems from over 10 years with full-service and low-cost carriers. Having astute problem-solving skills, he has solved complex scheduling challenges, such as merging the schedules of of TigerAir and Scoot.  You Aik was the overall Scheduling lead at Scoot, Network Planner at Tigerair, and Flight Maintenance Controller at Singapore Airlines.

During his tenure at Scoot, You Aik adeptly utilized Zulu to introduce the new Boeing 787 fleet and seamlessly decommissioned its Boeing 777 fleet.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Management from University of Manchester and is located in Singapore to focus on supporting Zulu customers in Asia and Australia.

Hector Pavon

Customer Success Consultant - Americas

Hector has had extensive experience for over 20 years in network planning, scheduling, slot management, operations, and crew assignment positions at both legacy and low-cost carriers. While in network planning and scheduling at Mexicana Airlines, he became an expert user of various planning tools providing strategic decision support for the network, fleet planning and optimization groups. This included the takeover of a regional airline “Link” for the Mexicana Group and the creation of a Hub structure from Guadalajara (GDL), then Mexico City (MEX).

In addition to the Head of Network Planning role at Mexicana, Hector has been a Delivery Manager for Sabre, the Scheduling & Network Manager and Senior Planning Operations Manager at Volaris, and the Operations Regional Manager at Viva Aerobus.  Hector has had experience working from both sides of the fence as a customer and a system provider and trainer. He participated in systems integration at LAN and TAM in addition to implementation projects all across the Americas with Azul, Trip, Aerolineas Argentinas, and consulting projects with Copa and Avianca.

Hector´s academic degrees are from the Mexico National University UNAM (Bachelor of Actuarial Science) and Universidad LaSalle (Master at Economics).

Jeff Allen

Senior Developer

Jeff has been developing software for over 25 years with a knack for solving complex problems using his experience with a variety of languages and technologies.  

Currently located near Tacoma, WA, Jeff has previously been employed in various capacities ranging from operations lead to front-end software architect for companies such as Digital First Media in Denver, CO and Linden Lab in San Francisco, CA.

Amey Dharwadkar

Software Developer

Amey is a developer in our Dallas team with a focus on the slot management module.  He has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Computer Applications from the University of Pune.

His experience includes roles as programmer at BitWise, Inc. in Pune and at CapCo in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Sujith Sudhakaran

Software Developer

Sujith is an experienced developer of backend solutions in modern software languages for various application domains like Chatbot development, Airline Publication Systems, Office Editing Tools(Chrome Office) and Embedded Systems.  He is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He completed his B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Degree from NIT, Bhopal and has experience as Technical Lead at Synerzip and Sr. Software Engineer at Samsung Electronics in India.

Prerna Sureshkumar Kothari

Software Engineer
Prerna joins Zulu after completing a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University, with concentration in Robotics and Machine Learning.  For her Master's thesis, she have developed a full-stack web application for a novel Robotics Design Ecosystem.
Prerna has experience with  NodeJS, React, Redux, HTLM, CSS, Java, MySQL, Python, Tensorflow.
She is currently based out of Bellevue, Washington and worked previously at Mechanismic, Inc, and Oracle as a Software Engineer."

Gary Bush

Chief Executive Officer

Gary is a successful entrepreneur with multiple new product development successes in addition to mentoring entrepreneurs and investing in new ventures.

He built and sold a consulting firm that focused on the transportation, energy and life sciences industries with a ten-year series of engagements at Delta Air Lines, where he met Kevin Woods.

Gary is an experienced strategy facilitator and has guided many small and large organizations through complex decisions. He has also mentored two teams through the NSF I-Corps entrepreneurship process using Steve Blank’s customer discovery and business model development methodology. Gary’s education includes a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech and a B.A. degree from Hartwick College.