We have heard little from German electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) startup Lilium in the past few months. Apparently, though, the company is doing well and just brought on VC Atomico Partner Yann de Vries to continue its eVTOL flight progress.
Lilium just announced that Yann de Vries joins the company as VP Corporate Development. He will work on the company’s strategic development.
Yann is no stranger to Lilium — Atomico has backed Lilium since 2016. Yann worked closely with Atomico founding Partner and CEO Niklas Zennström on Atomico’s investment into Lilium, and led investments into GoEuro and Teralytics, among others.
What this also means is that Yann will focus mostly on the mobility sector, working on the sourcing, evaluation, negotiation, and due diligence for new investment opportunities.
Daniel Wiegand, Lilium’s co-founder and CEO, said: “In his role at Atomico, Yann was a supporter of Lilium and our plans from day one. We are thrilled that Yann demonstrates his trust in Lilium by bringing his invaluable wealth of expertize and leadership to us in his role as VP Corporate Development.“
It was followed by Dr. Remo Gerber, Chief Commercial Officer at Lilium, who said: “As we enter some very exciting stages in Lilium’s growth, Yann’s expertize in strategic development will play a significant role in helping us achieve our vision of revolutionizing air mobility.”
Yann de Vries, VP Corporate Development at Lilium, added: “After working closely with the founders for the past two and a half years, I have become so passionate about the Lilium team and their mission that I really wanted to join them on their extraordinary journey. I am excited to continue to work closely with the incredible Atomico team to help Lilium scale into Europe’s next global category defining success!”
This news signals high-profile additions to key roles at the company, in a field that didn’t even exist a few short years ago.
Congratulations to Lilium for pushing the boundaries of electric aviation.