LONDON & NEW YORK–(Business WIRE)–Vertical Aerospace (Vertical) [NYSE: EVTL], a world aerospace and technological know-how organization that is revolutionary zero emissions aviation, these days announces the appointment of former McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, to the Board of Directors (the “Vertical Board”). An experienced leader in the world of automotive innovation and production, Mike further strengthens Vertical’s leadership staff which attracts from market professionals in aviation, automotive and technologies sectors. Mike will be part of the Board’s Audit and Certification Committees.
Mike is signing up for the Vertical Board obtaining stepped down from McLaren Automotive in Oct 2021 just after eight years main the group. Mike was instrumental in driving McLaren Automotive’s progress to become 1 of the world’s major luxurious supercar manufacturers.
Prior to becoming a member of McLaren, Mike spent nine many years at Ford as each Vice President, Production, Ford Europe, and Corporate Officer, Ford Motor Business. Prior to joining Ford, he held senior manufacturing and operations roles at TWR Group Constrained, AutoNova AB (Volvo) and Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Confined. He is an alumnus of Salford College obtaining qualified in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering in 1987, finished a post-graduate qualification in Management and Project Administration in 1996 and acquired an Honorary Doctorate from the institution in 2017.
Today’s announcement, all through Farnborough Intercontinental Airshow, follows a series of new Vertical bulletins and partnerships. Current bulletins include American Airways confirming shipping slots and the determination of connected pre-supply payments, as well as 50 conditional pre-orders from FLYINGGROUP, using Vertical’s market-foremost pre-get book by value to much more 1,400 VX4s amounting to somewhere around $5.6bn in predicted income. This is in addition to partnerships with Babcock Worldwide for the exploration of programs of the VX4 within Emergency Medical Companies (EMS), and a strategic partnership with Molicel as its battery service provider.
Domhnal Slattery, Chairman, Vertical included: “I am delighted to welcome Mike to the Board, and I glance forward to doing work alongside him. His working experience across the automotive business will be important to the subsequent phases of our journey, enjoying a important part in enabling the commercialisation of our revolutionary VX4 aircraft.”
Stephen Fitzpatrick, Founder & CEO, Vertical, explained “Mike is a fantastic appointment for Vertical he appreciates how to build and increase remarkably complex and technological businesses owning labored in both of those the substantial-quantity and the tremendous-luxurious segments of automotive. He will be a must have to the organization as we proceed our journey to make zero emissions aviation a actuality.“
Michael Flewitt, Non-Executive Director, stated: “It is an interesting time to join Vertical Aerospace. Vertical is at the forefront of innovation in the aviation field, and I am delighted to have the option to function along with the crew in their initiatives to grow, progress, and direct the modify in zero emissions flight. Stephen has assembled a passionate and talented workforce and I look forward to actively playing a element to this continued achievements.”
Pursuing the appointment, the Vertical Board will comprise: Dómhnal Slattery as Non-Govt Chairman Independent Non-Executive Directors Kathy Cassidy, Gur Kimchi and Mike Flewitt Non-Government Director Marcus Waley-Cohen and Govt Directors Stephen Fitzpatrick (Founder & CEO), Harry Holt (Deputy CEO), Vincent Casey (CFO) and Michael Cervenka (President).
About Vertical Aerospace
Vertical Aerospace is pioneering electric powered aviation. The firm was established in 2016 by Stephen Fitzpatrick, an set up entrepreneur ideal recognised as the founder of the Ovo Team, a major vitality and engineering group and Europe’s major independent electricity retailer. More than the past 5 years, Vertical has focused on creating the most knowledgeable and senior crew in the eVTOL field, who have above 1,700 mixed several years of engineering experience, and have certified and supported around 30 unique civil and military services plane and propulsion units.
Vertical’s top rated-tier associate ecosystem is envisioned to de-risk operational execution and its pathway to certification enables for a lean price framework and allows production at scale. Vertical has a marketplace-top pre-get e book by value for extra than 1,400 aircraft from international shoppers producing various possible close to phrase and actionable routes to current market. Buyers incorporate American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Avolon, Bristow, Marubeni, Iberojet and FLYINGGROUP, as very well as Japan Airways (JAL), Gol, Air Greenland, Gozen Holding and AirAsia, by Avolon’s VX4 placements.
Vertical’s common shares and warrants commenced trading on the NYSE in December 2021 below the tickers “EVTL” and “EVTLW,” respectively.
About the VX4 eVTOL Plane
The piloted zero running emissions four-passenger VX4, is projected to be able of travelling distances above 100 miles, obtaining best speeds of up to 200mph, although manufacturing small sound and has a reduced expense for each passenger mile. The VX4 is predicted to open up up sophisticated air mobility to a entire new vary of travellers and renovate how we travel. Come across out a lot more: vertical-aerospace.com
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