At Volocopter we make the dream of electric flight come true. Our Volocopter aircraft offer affordable solutions to transport both goods and people to their destination: Free of emissions, and in a more sustainable and timely manner. Together with the sophisticated ecosystem we create around our air taxis we open up a whole new perspective on and for the city. By flying electrically over cities, we make room on the streets. By connecting important transport hubs as the crow flies, we bring the city and its people closer together.
We first envisioned this dream of electric flight 10 years ago. Today, we are an aircraft manufacturer, an airline, and pioneer all in one. Together with talented world-class people and partners, we are bringing urban air mobility to life. Commercial flights in Paris and Singapore will start within the next 2-3 years. We are beyond excited.
Volocopter is constantly growing. We currently employ more than 300 people in our offices in Bruchsal, Munich, and Singapore – with more to come! Bruchsal, where it all started, is now home to our headquarters and three more test and development sites. Our focus here is on our VoloCity. Our site in Munich is mainly dedicated to the development of our heavy-lift product, the VoloDrone and future projects. Our newest office in Singapore accompanied the construction of the world’s first VoloPort prototype on site. At the moment, we are mapping out how to launch one of the first urban air taxi services in the world powered by Volocopter.
In a matter of ten years, we have come further than anybody else in eVTOL history. Everything started with our now famous prototype in 2011. See our collection of milestones for the most important events that followed.
After completing a degree in business engineering and working for several years as a management consultant, he was most recently responsible for the development of technology start-ups as venture manager in central research with Siemens AG Munich. For Volocopter, he applies his many years of experience in the strategic positioning of high-tech innovations in international markets.
Arnaud Coville is an engineer with a PhD in automatic control and robotics and counts almost three decades of experience in the aviation industry. He has been actively involved in developing aircraft from Helicopters (H135), regional jets (CRJ700 and 728) to large aircraft (A350 and A380) for companies including Safran, Fairchild Dornier, Diehl Avionik, and Airbus Helicopter.
Rene joined Volocopter as our CFO in 2018. Besides building our Finance department, he leads Volocopter’s financial strategy and fundraising activities, including the recent successful closing of our Series D financing round. With a background in investment banking and strategy consulting (Citibank and McKinsey & Co.), Rene first entered the start-up world in 2000 as CFO of Berlin based dooyoo.com. Before joining Volocopter, he was the CFO at Kreditech, where he helped increase the company’s valuation thirtyfold and raised approximately half a billion euros in equity and debt capital. Rene holds an MBA from INSEAD. Throughout his career to date, he has participated in over 80 M&A transactions, financing rounds, and IPOs.
Christian Bauer has 15 years of experience in the mobility sector. He worked for Daimler in various function including Business Development and M&A, where he participated in merger, venture, fundraising and IPO projects including Airbus, myTaxi, HERE Technologies, Renault/Nissan and others. Before joining Volocopter he was heading a department for High-Tech cooperations at Mercedes-Benz, pushing to bring innovations to series maturity. An economist and information technologist by training, Christian is responsible for all commercial aspects at Volocopter and making Urban Air Mobility Services an integral part of transportation systems across the globe.
Alexander Oelling brings his entrepreneurial experience and technical expertise to Volocopter as Chief Digital Officer. He started his career with the invention of the BigData database engine GraphDB. After founding companies focusing on digitalization, such as Sensorberg, he also served as Chief Technical Officer for Looping Group and Gamers Academy. At Volocopter, he spearheads the digitization of the urban air mobility (UAM) ecosystem and applies his technical and leadership skills to promote a future-proof solution to mobility in cities around the world.
As a true serial entrepreneur, Cornelia Hoppe has been founding companies for the past 15 years, while also building and scaling top international startup-organizations such as Airbnb, Clark, and N26. With a degree in psychology, she is shaping Volocopter’s organisational foundation to become the leading company in urban air mobility (UAM). Her approach: combining people- and cultural-centric thinking with a methodological and empathic approach. And, as a helicopter pilot herself, she is the ultimate urban air mobility enthusiast!
An Aerospace Engineer by training, Oliver Reinhardt has played an instrumental role to more than 9 aircraft certification projects in the past 25 years. As CTO at Flight Design, he managed the Design Organization setup and certified, manufactured, and delivered aircraft to 42 countries world-wide. In addition, he served as industry representative on several major international Aviation Rulemaking Committees. At Volocopter, Oliver combines his aviation and additional automotive background to manage all product and corporate certification aspects, along with the Quality, Risk, Safety, and Compliance Management Systems.
Stefan Klocke, born 1971, is an entrepreneur from Karlsruhe and invested in Volocopter at an early stage. Since then he has been actively involved in the growth of the company and is contributing his experience from various stages of his career to the company. As co-owner of the pharmaceutical Klocke Group and founder and investor in various start-ups, he combines industrial experience with start-up culture. In his role as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Volocopter GmbH, he has been managing the work of the Advisory Board since 2018 and advises and supports the Managing Directors in all strategic issues. With his investment in the company in 2015, he was one of the first shareholders to recognize the potential of the company and has accompanied its development ever since.
Christian Herrmann, born 1978, is heading the M&A Tech and Venture unit at Daimler AG. He and his team are globally responsible for technology related M&A activities and all venture investments of the Daimler Group. Prior to that, Christian held various management positions in Daimler’s M&A and finance organization and was an associate at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung working on smart urban mobility concepts. He joined Daimler AG in 2003 with a master degree in business administration from University of Regensburg. He has been a board member of mytaxi (now FreeNow) and is a board observer at Proterra Inc.
Jochen Thewes, born 1971 in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, is Chairman of the Board of Management of Schenker AG since 2015, which is part of the DB Group. Prior to that, he joined DB Schenker as Senior Vice President Global Ocean Freight and since 2011 has been responsible for 13.000 employees in 20 countries in his role as Regional CEO in Singapore. Thewes is an internationally recognized supply chain and logistics expert, bringing more than 20 years of senior management expertise and experiences. Before joining DB Schenker, he held various positions within the global logistics group Kuehne + Nagel and spent more than twelve years in different functions in Asia and Latin America such as President of the company in Brazil, General Manager for Central China in Shanghai and Chief Representative in Vietnam.
Yifan “Frank” Li, born in 1967 in Shanghai, China, received his Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Texas in Dallas. From 1993 to 1998 he worked as Manager of Corporate Development at Marcus Cable Company, L.P. In 2000 he received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and became part of the JP Morgan Global Mergers & Acquisitions team in the same year. In 2003, he joined the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank as Deputy General Director of Treasury and Finance, before assuming the role of Vice President and CFO at China Zenix Auto International Co, Ltd. in late 2010. In 2014, Li worked as Vice President and International CFO for Sanpower Group Co, Ltc. and joined Geely Holding Group Co, Ltd. as Board Director and Vice President later that year, where he has since been responsible for Strategic Investments and New Businesses. In addition to his work at Geely, he is an Independent Board Director and Member of the Audit Committee of various companies, including Xinyuan Real Estate Co, Ltd, Shanghai International Port (Group) Co, Ltd and ZhongAn Online P & C Insurance Co., Ltd.
Arne Henning received his Master’s Degree in Turbulence from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. Working as a researcher in the field of aeroacoustics, he received his Doctorate in Aeronautics and Space from the Berlin University of Technology in 2011 summa cum laude. Arne Henning is leader of the Transport Systems group at the German Aerospace Centre in Göttingen. Since 2016 he supports the tech entrepreneur Lukasz Gadowski and his holding company Team Europe on the journey towards a better future via next generation mobility.
Dieter Zetsche, born 1953 in Istanbul, studied electrical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), graduating with a Master’s Diploma in Engineering. From 1976 Zetsche worked in the research department of the former Daimler-Benz AG. He received his Doctorate in Engineering from the Gesamthochschule Paderborn (now the University of Paderborn) in 1982. Dieter Zetsche had been a member of the DaimlerChrysler AG Board of Management since 1998 and became Chairman of the Board of Management in 2006. Zetsche was a member of the Supervisory Board of RWE Power AG from 2009 to 2016. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of TUI AG, where he was elected Chairman in 2019. Additionally, he joined the Advisory Board of the Aldi Süd Retail Group in 2019
Martin Hubschneider’s heart beats for entrepreneurship. He counts the Volocopter as one of the most exciting innovations in Germany. Martin is convinced that Volocopter GmbH has a very important role to play in the future of sustainable mobility, especially in the Urban environment. Martin Hubschneider studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology and founded CAS Software AG. His Company employs some 450 people and offers a market leading CRM/XRM solution, especially designed for the medium sized companies. CAS is regularly voted as a “Top 100” or “Great Place to Work”, counting itself as one of the most innovative and attractive employers in Germany. On top of all this, Martin is an enthusiastic networker and a Board Member of CyberForum e.V., as well as an active member of the Federation of Medium sized IT Companies and VDMA Software.
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