Lilium celebrates hiring 500th employee
- Audrey Tauran joins business as 500th employee
- CFO, Christopher Delbrück, to leave for family reasons
- Remo Gerber appointed to new role of Chief Operating Officer
Munich, 04 August 2020: Lilium, the Munich-based aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft for regional air mobility, today celebrated hiring its 500th employee. At the same time it announced two changes to its senior leadership team: current Chief Financial Officer, Christopher Delbrück, will leave the Lilium team later this year for family reasons, while current Chief Commercial Officer, Dr Remo Gerber, will take on a wider remit as Chief Operating Officer.
Commenting on the departure of Christopher Delbrück, Lilium co-founder and CEO, Daniel Wiegand, said: “In a short space of time, Christopher has brought a great deal of professionalism to Lilium. Not only have we made important progress with fundraising during his tenure, but he has also played a critical role in setting up a corporate structure that will allow the company to scale beyond its current size.
“While we’re sad to be losing his leadership, we very much respect, and fully understand, the decision he has made and wish both him and his family all the best at this time,” he added.
Commenting on the news, Christopher Delbrück, CFO said: “I am grateful for a fantastic time at Lilium. While it has been a difficult decision to make, I need to set the right priorities for my family and I wish the team all the best in bringing Lilium’s remarkable vision to life.” A search for a replacement candidate is already underway.
Meanwhile, the company confirmed that Dr Remo Gerber, who joined the business in 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer, will take up the role of Chief Operating Officer, with immediate effect.
Commenting on the appointment, Daniel Wiegand said: “Our intention has always been to not only develop and manufacture the Lilium Jet, but to also operate a Lilium regional air mobility service. With the creation of the Chief Operating Officer role, we’re taking the next step towards that vision. In his new role, Remo will focus not just on building the commercial partnerships we need to deliver the Lilium service but on all aspects of our proposed commercial operations.”
The business was today also celebrating reaching the milestone of hiring its 500th employee, with the recruitment of former Airbus employee Audrey Tauran.
Tauran joins Lilium as VP Procurement, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience in various engineering and procurement roles at Airbus, most recently as VP Procurement, Structure and Material in their Defense and Space division.
Commenting on the milestone, Daniel Wiegand said: “It’s humbling for us to see Lilium’s continued growth. In a little over five years we’ve gone from four co-founders to a team of over 500 talented and enthusiastic ‘Lilians’, bringing experience from a huge range of leading engineering organizations from SpaceX and Rolls-Royce, to Formula 1 teams and NASA.”
Lilium is an aviation company developing an emissions-free regional air mobility service. It has designed and prototyped the Lilium Jet, a brand-new type of aircraft that will enable it to deliver regional journeys that are considerably faster than rail or road, yet competitive in price. The demonstrator aircraft first flew in 2019 and is a five-seater, fully-electric aircraft that can take-off and land vertically (eVTOL). Lilium expects to service a sizable global market demand by connecting communities at a fraction of the cost of conventional high-speed infrastructure, with zero operating emissions.
Co-founded in 2015 by four visionary engineers, Daniel Wiegand (CEO), Sebastian Born, Matthias Meiner and Patrick Nathen, Lilium has attracted more than $375m in funding from world-class investors such as Atomico, Tencent, Baillie Gifford, LGT, Freigeist and Obvious Ventures. Lilium is headquartered in Munich and currently employs more than 500 people.
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