Frank Stephenson, the designer of some of the world’s most iconic cars, is joining aviation startup Lilium as Head of Product Design. The American-Spanish designer - famous for his work at BMW, Mini, Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and McLaren - will lead the design of all aspects of Lilium services.
Lilium, the German start-up developing the world’s first all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet, has won the 2018 Early Stage Company of the Year award at the Global Cleantech 100 Awards produced by CTG (Cleantech Group).
Lilium, the German aviation company developing the world’s first all-electric jet capable of vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL), has announced a $90 million Series B funding round. The aviation start up developing an all-electric air taxi with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities has now raised more than $100 million overall.
Following our exciting announcement back in February that Meggy Sailer, Head of Recruitment for Tesla EMEA, would be joining Lilium we are very excited today to announce two more senior hires joining the team - Dr. Remo Gerber as CCO and Dirk Gebser as VP of Production. Both have a proven track record of success and leadership in their fields of expertise at Gett and Airbus respectively.
Lilium Jet, the first zero-emission electric plane capable of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), has completed a series of rigorous flight tests in the skies above Germany. The two-seater prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight.
Lilium is very pleased to welcome Meggy Sailer as Head of Recruitment. Meggy brings rare experience of staffing a cutting-edge transportation company, joining Lilium from Tesla after more than 5 years.
Lilium, the pioneering developer of electric planes capable of Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL), has raised a €10m Series A funding round with Atomico, the leading global venture capital firm based in London.
- Number of passengers: 5
- Number of engines: 36
- Range: up to 300 km
- Cruising velocity: 300 km/h
- Wing-span: 10 m
- Concept: canard with powered lift
- Take-off and landing: vertically
Lilium is a disruptive aviation start-up based in Munich. Co-founded in 2015 by Daniel Wiegand, Sebastian Born, Patrick Nathen and Matthias Meiner, the team brings together international world-class engineers and designers.
The group shares the vision of a completely new type of individual transportation and is dedicated to developing and building the world’s first fully electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet. An estimated range of up to 300 km and a top speed of 300 km/h, along with zero emissions make it the most efficient and eco-friendly individual means of transportation of our time. By providing ultra-redundancy, the Lilium Jet will also set new standards in safety.
Lilium aims at liberating towns and cities from today’s congestion and pollution, with people able to come and go freely, vastly expanding the radius of their everyday lives.
Our mission is to enable a world where everybody can fly anywhere, anytime.
Our vision is to be the leading company in on-demand air transportation by providing quiet, eco-friendly and exceptionally designed VTOL jets and a magical user experience.
Daniel was born in 1985 in Tübingen. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich with a focus on flight propulsion systems. Daniel started Lilium in 2015 together with the other three co-founders.
His first patent was filed when he was still in high school. He has won multiple awards, including “Jugend forscht”, Germany’s most recognized tech competition. As a project manager at ABB in Zurich, he has gained in-depth experience in managing complex projects as well as insights into business development.
Flying has always been his passion: he started gliding at the age of 14 and became a pilot before he was allowed to drive a car. He has been holding the position of CEO at Lilium since the beginning of 2015.
Co-Founder, Head of Mechanical Engineering
Sebastian was born in 1986 in Würzburg and graduated with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, where he also started his PhD in Mechanics. He quit his academic career in 2015 in favor of starting Lilium together with the other three co-founders.
He has always been passionate about innovation and future technology, and wanted to become an inventor. Being an expert in lightweight structure and high-performance materials, Sebastian serves as Head of Mechanics at Lilium and leads the development of numerous prototypes of the Lilium Jet.
Co-Founder, Head of Calculation & Design
Patrick was born in 1986 in Düsseldorf. He moved to Munich to study aerodynamics at the Technical University of Munich. He is still enrolled as a PhD candidate in aerodynamics.
He is an expert in numerical simulation and serves as Head of Calculation and design at Lilium. Apart from aerodynamics and design, he is interested in social media management, which he also actively pursues at work.
In 2010 Patrick was awarded the VDI Prize for outstanding academic records and academic engagement. In 2016, he won the highly endowed Grand Prize as well as the jury's choice of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge for Lilium in Paris. Furthermore, he has been an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation since.
Co-Founder, Head of Flight Control
Matthias was born in 1987 in Stuttgart and moved to Munich to study robotics at the Technical University of Munich. After having graduated, he started his PhD, which he quit in favor of founding Lilium, where he serves as Head of Flight Control. Matthias is also an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation.
He has always been fascinated by control engineering and aviation, which shows in him researching at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) during his studies. In 2014, he won the Europe’s biggest youth science and technology competition “Jugend Forscht”. In 2017, Matthias was chosen one of the European 30 under 30 leading innovators by Forbes magazine for his achievement with Lilium.
Dr. Remo Gerber
Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
Remo Gerber is Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Lilium. As CCO, he will drive development and execution of the commercialization strategy for the market entry of Lilium. Furthermore, he will also build a commercialization infrastructure and take care of the market adoption of Lilium´s products and services.
He was previously Managing Director of ground transportation disrupter Gett in the UK & Western Europe and COO of Groupon - the e-commerce marketplace - in Northern Europe.
Born in Zürich, Remo is a physicist from ETH Zurich and has a PhD from the University of Oxford in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. He started his career as a consultant with McKinsey in London. Having spent almost all of his career in technology and transportation, Remo is a perfect fit for the Lilium team making high speed, affordable, mass air transportation a reality.
Remo is a keen skier and likes to escape to the slopes of Switzerland as often as he can. He is married and shares his time between Munich, Zurich and London, as well as continuing his mission to share the remarkable benefits the Lilium jet will bring to cities around the world.
Dirk is serving at Lilium as VP of Production. He holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree in Aero- & Thermodynamics from the Technical University Dresden.
He started his career working in aerospace design and testing programs at Rolls-Royce before changing to manufacturing functions for various global, large-scale organizations. With his expertise, he was able to grow and streamline production environments as Manufacturing Engineering Director for aero engine components at Rolls-Royce, as SVP in a RSP division at the Airbus group and finally as VP for aircraft assembly at the Airbus plant in Hamburg.
Over the years he has been a lecturer and advisor for leadership seminars for Executive Management in Europe and China on the subject of Production.
In his position as VP of Production at Lilium, Dirk will play a vital role in the set-up of our production facility as well as its supply chain.
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