Lilium N.V. (Lilium) has announced that Klaus Roewe, long-time Airbus executive, is to join the company on August 1, 2022, as its new CEO. Roewe is a highly respected industry veteran who led Airbus’ most important business line, the A320 and A320neo programmes, to unprecedented success during his tenure: improving aircraft performance, doubling EBIT, cutting unit costs, while increasing market share and FCF, making it the most successful large commercial aircraft programme of all time.
Daniel Wiegand who is the current CEO and co-founder of Lilium which developed the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, will continue as Lilium’s Chief Engineer for Innovation and Future Programmes as well as a Board Director.
“The Board ran an extensive global CEO search and are genuinely excited with the appointment of Klaus Roewe. We believe adding Klaus as CEO will give us unparalleled executional leadership to complement Lilium’s innovative DNA as we continue the development of the Lilium Jet and advance towards Type Certification and scale production – Klaus has a breadth of operational experience that is very rare in our industry” said Lilium Chairman, Tom Enders.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have Klaus Roewe as our next CEO – I firmly believe that he is the right person to lead us through this next phase; and adding him gives Lilium the ideal mix of Silicon Valley innovation with deep aerospace know-how,” said Daniel Wiegand.
“I’m proud to be joining the most innovative and differentiated eVTOL company in our industry,“ said Klaus Roewe, adding: “I look forward to working with all the Lilium teams to advance the development of our aircraft and to drive Lilium’s success in revolutionizing sustainable air transport.”