Lilium has appointed Geoffrey Richardson as its new Chief Financial Officer, who will work with CEO Daniel Wiegand on the German aviation firm’s next phase of accelerated growth.  

Based in Silicon Valley, Richardson brings more than 20 years’ expertise in international finance, M&A, fundraising and operations to the role. He was previously CFO at the autonomous car firm Cruise, and instrumental in raising over $7 billion in funding from General Motors, Honda and Softbank Vision Fund.

Prior to this, he was CFO at the dynamic glass company Kinestral, and oversaw the company’s Series B and Series C funding rounds. Richardson also scaled Kinestral from research and development to product sales, including building a manufacturing facility in Taiwan.

Geoffrey started his career as an Attorney at global law firm Shearman & Sterling and then spent over a decade at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs in various capital market and investment banking roles, focusing on sustainability and electrification. 

Commenting on the appointment, Lilium CEO and Co-founder Daniel Wiegand, said: Geoffrey’s track record with high growth companies combined with long term sustainable vision and strong leadership made him the ideal candidate for this key hire and we are so pleased to be welcoming him to the team.

“He provides extensive experience in leading the financial operations of a forward-thinking mobility company, perfect for our next phase of growth.”

Commenting on his appointment, Richardson added: “I am delighted to be joining the Lilium team at such an exciting inflection point for the business. I believe that Lilium will have a profound impact on how people will move as well as massive environmental benefits and positive societal impact.” 

This latest news follows on from the company announcing its first vertiport location in the USA last week, and hopes to launch an all-electric air mobility network in Lake Nona, Orlando, by 2025.