Hyundai Motor Group has appointed J. Scott Drennan as Vice President of its Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Division. 

Reporting to Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President (EVP) and Head of UAM Division, Drennan will lead UAM research and development and holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University. 

Prior to joining Hyundai, Drennan spent more than 25 years with Bell Textron, most recently as Vice President of Innovation, and made significant contributions to the V-22, the AW609 and the V-280, all vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. 

He said: “I am honoured to contribute to Hyundai’s vision of future mobility. Since my childhood, I have dreamed of teaming with fellow engineers and designers to develop technological marvels. EVP Shin and the Hyundai Motor Group have given me the opportunity and great responsibility to do just that. 

“In our daily lives, we lose too much precious time in traffic congestion. I want to give that time back to people through safe, accessible and sustainable vertical mobility.”

Drennan started his career as an engineer in 1990 as a co-op student with GE Aircraft Engines. Since then, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and programme management. 

He was a functional director of air vehicle integration and a program manager and chief engineer on the AW609 commercial tilt-rotor programme. His experience includes applied research, new aircraft development, certification and engineering support to experimental and production manufacturing. 

Shin said: “We are fortunate to have Scott join our UAM Division. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Scott closely in the past and found him not only superb in his technical knowledge and experience but also excellent in leading people. 

“Leveraging his vast experience in the VTOL and UAM fields, Scott will lead the engineering development to turn our vision of Urban Air Mobility into a reality, transforming our lifestyles for many decades to come.”