Prominent reinforcement for the flight taxi developer Lilium from near Munich: Long-time Airbus boss Tom Enders (62) is moving onto the startup’s board of directors, as he himself announced on the Lilium blog this week. The young company stands for pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial courage, Enders wrote. He therefore did not have to think long when he was asked. On the board, the passionate helicopter pilot will meet tech investor Frank Thelen, Skype founder Niklas Zennström and Tencent manager David Wallerstein, among others. Lilium GmbH wants to bring an electric air taxi to the market.
Lufthansa, Linde, Knorr Bremse – and now a startup
Due to the board-like structure of the board, Tom Enders is likely to be more intensively involved in operational issues than in traditional supervisory boards. The aviation expert already sits on the supervisory board of Lufthansa and on the board of directors of gas manufacturer Linde. Last year, he also joined the supervisory board of the rail technology company Knorr Bremse. With Lilium, he is now expanding his portfolio as a multi-supervisory board member to include a technology start-up that aims to revolutionize mobility.