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.
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.
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.
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.
Most recently CFO at Uniper SE, which he helped to take public in 2016, Christopher brings a wealth of experience from senior roles at Uniper, DAX-listed E.ON, and the Boston Consulting Group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most recently Chief Marketing Officer for Esprit Group, Arnd has a track record in delivering brand and commercial development for iconic companies, such as Disney and Fortune 500 company Avery Dennison.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oliver previously led the global communications function for Rolls-Royce’s aerospace division. Nominated as one of PRWeek’s 30 under 30 in 2015, he has also held communications and government affairs roles with Walmart, LafargeHolcim, Blackstone and the CBI, the UK’s leading business lobby.
Jeannette joined Lilium as our first employee in 2015, having worked in a leadership role at a German biotech startup. She holds a PhD from Technical University Munich and was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Washington.
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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