Rene Griemens joins Volocopter as CFO
Bruchsal, 24 April 2018 - Urban air taxi company Volocopter announced today that Rene Griemens will join its management team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) starting 1 May 2018. The company continues to grow its team and expertise across the board to accelerate the implementation of air taxi services worldwide.
Volocopter is the global leader in the development of electrical vertical take-off and landing multicopters (eVTOL) for the safe transport of people in autonomous air taxis. Based in Germany, the company is making humanity’s dream of flying come true and thereby wants to help modern cities resolve their increasing mobility issues. As true pioneers Volocopters have been flying regularly since 2011, both piloted and autonomously - most recently in Dubai and Las Vegas.
“Since day one, Volocopter has sparked world-wide interest. The market for air taxis is global and so are our aspirations. With his extensive experience in acquiring strategic and financial investors, Rene Griemens has the perfect expertise and experience to drive our international growth.” said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter.
“As pioneers in manned eVTOL and autonomous air taxis, Volocopter has the first-mover advantage to kick off the market for urban mobility in the third dimension. Working to advance this truly innovative endeavor sustainably and enabling the air taxi market internationally will be an exciting task. After 25 years of experience in the finance, tech, and startup sectors, I look forward to work on this completely new emerging market.” said Rene Griemens.
Rene Griemens, with an investment banking and consulting background (Citibank and McKinsey & Company), first entered the startup world in 2000 as CFO of the Berlin-based startup dooyoo. Until recently, Griemens was CFO at Kreditech, where he helped increase the valuation of the company thirtyfold and raised approximately half a billion Euros in equity and debt. Throughout his career he participated in over 80 different financing and M&A transactions and IPOs.
Volocopter is the global leader in the development of electrical vertical take-off and landing multicopters (eVTOL) as autonomous air taxis for the safe transport of people. The technical platform is extremely flexible and permits piloted, remote controlled, and fully autonomous flight. In addition, the unique design offers unprecedented degrees of safety based on the high level of redundancy in all critical components. As early as 2011 the company earned its entry into the history of aviation through the manned flight of the world’s first purely electrical multicopter. Since then the young enterprise has set new milestones: In 2016 Volocopter was granted provisional licensing for a two-seater Volocopter by the German aviation authority and in 2017 the aviation start-up showcased the first ever autonomous flight of an air taxi in cooperation with RTA Dubai. In the meantime, the founders Stephan Wolf and Alexander Zosel have gathered a team of experienced managers like CEO Florian Reuter and CTO Jan-Hendrik. This paved the way for the further expansion of the company. Daimler, Intel and Lukasz Gadowski are among the investors in the company.
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