Co-founded in 2015 by Daniel Wiegand, Sebastian Born, Patrick Nathen and Matthias Meiner, Lilium GmbH is based near Munich, Germany - an internationally renowned high-tech hub for mobility. The founding team met while studying at the Technical University of Munich where they shared a common vision of revolutionizing the way we travel.
Today, Lilium has attracted more than $375m in funding and employs more than 500 people, bringing together a wealth of experience and expertise from across the world.
Described by CN Traveller as the man changing the way we travel, Daniel Wiegand holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Technical University of Munich (TUM).
At the age of seven, Sebastian Born announced to his sister that he would 'become an inventor.' By age 14 he had cracked computer programming and was already developing his own electronic devices.
As co-founder and VP Product, Patrick Nathen leads the global product strategy for Lilium, ensuring we put the customer at the very center of all our digital and physical products throughout the passenger experience.
Matthias Meiner is Co-Founder and Head of Avionics for Lilium. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of Europe’s 30 under 30 leading innovators in 2017, Matthias is responsible for the development of Lilium’s pioneering flight control system.
Our Leadership Team
Our world-class leadership team consists of experienced professionals from some of the globe’s leading companies, as well as exceptional talents who have grown as we have grown. The diversity and strength of the Lilium team is one of our greatest assets and we’re proud to introduce some of our leaders below.
Alastair joined Lilium from Rolls-Royce with close to 30 years of experience at the multinational aerospace and defence company. Prior to joining Lilium, Alastair led 1,500 engineers at Rolls-Royce Germany as Managing Director and Head of Engineering and Technology.
Remo has extensive leadership experience in hyper-growth startups, as MD for Western Europe at Gett and as COO Northern Europe at Groupon. Before this he spent four years at McKinsey & Co., having completed a PhD at the University of Oxford.
Anja Maassen van den Brink
Anja Maassen van den Brink
Anja has more than 20 years of experience in defining people and culture strategies for a range of leading retail companies, including Sara Lee International. Most recently she led the people function during the merger of Vodafone and Ziggo in the Netherlands.
Jessica is driven by the power of building brands, teams, and cultures. A leader with over two decades of B2B and B2C experience, Jessica has helped redefine the way both startup and Fortune 500 companies like American Express, Google, Uber, Eventbrite, and Softbank develop brand marketing strategies and global campaigns.
In his previous role as VP Industrial at Airbus he led the assembly of the A380 and A320 aircraft. Prior to that he was SVP of an Airbus composite division, delivering more than 1,000 composite structure parts each day. Dirk also worked at aerospace giant Rolls-Royce as Director of Manufacturing Engineering.
An Airbus veteran with over 15 years of experience at the company, Yves was most recently Senior Vice President and led Procurement for their Defence and Space division. Prior to this he was the Head of Program Quality for the highly successful Airbus A350 aircraft.
Having served in a variety of different executive staff positions within the German Federal Government, Tassilo subsequently spent five years at McKinsey & Co., where he led client engagements in the travel, transport and logistics sector.
Over a distinguished career Brian has provided senior leadership across a remarkable list of high-profile engineering projects, from submarines to fighter jets. He has held roles as Engineering Director at Marshall Aerospace Group, as a Group Managing Director at BAE Systems and as CEO for the Eurofighter project.
Geoffrey brings with him over 20 years of proven expertise in international finance, M&A, fundraising and operations including leadership roles at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Prior to Lilium, Geoffrey was the CFO of the autonomous car company Cruise where he raised billions of dollars in funding.
With nearly four decades of experience in the aviation industry, Lionel has worked in quality, airworthiness and certification positions for a range of blue-chip industry companies including BAE Systems and Raytheon. He also has extensive experience in international aviation regulation.
After spending 7 years as a Research Engineer with NASA in California, Luca went on to work with both Boeing and Airbus, spending 11 years at the latter company, most recently as a Senior Expert and Head of Domain in their Defence and Space division.
Audrey has more than 15 years of international aerospace experience, joining Lilium from Airbus Defence and Space where she was leading the Structure and Material procurement function. Prior to aviation, she worked as supply chain systems expert for Motorola and EY.
Prior to joining Lilium, Will spent 3 years at European ride-hailing business Gett working across fundraising, M&A and operations. He has an impressive background of working across corporate development, operations and strategy at challenging and fast-paced mobility scale-ups.
A specialist in global and multi-market communications, Meredith’s experience spans 15 years and 3 continents including leading EMEA Communications for Starbucks and Global Communications for Accor-owned onefinestay. Prior to joining Lilium Meredith was Global Head of Communications for Swiss-born On.
Yann de Vries
Yann de Vries
Formerly a Partner at Atomico, Yann led their Series A investment in Lilium in 2016 and has worked closely with the company ever since. He has more than 20 years of experience in the tech sector, including five years as Head of Corporate Development for Cisco across EMEA and Latin America.
Peter has spent the past two decades at BMW where he was most recently Vice President with global responsibility for shop floor systems and IT across EMEA. Prior to BMW, Peter worked as a consultant in the financial services industry. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Dominique is an aviation industry veteran with over 15 years' experience. His expertise includes the transformation, restructuring and establishment of new airlines in multi-national organisations such as Thomas Cook Airlines. He was most recently Director of Transformation and Strategy at German charter airline Condor.
Lauren is a Chartered Accountant, with experience of working for firms across the USA, UK and Germany. She began her career working for a large professional services firm in Melbourne, Australia.
In his previous role Rochus oversaw a wide range of strategic projects as VP Finance & Lease at Airbus. Prior to this he worked as General Counsel and Managing Director of Bavaria International Aircraft Leasing. He holds law degrees from University of Bonn and University of California.
Lilium founded by 4 co-founders. First 1:2 prototype takes off.
Funding round Series A
Lilium secures $10 million funding.
Flight of the first full-scale prototype
The 2-seater full-scale prototype takes off.
Funding round Series B
Lilium secures $90 million funding.
The 5-seater Lilium Jet takes off.
Lilium secures $275 million funding.
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