Lilium has announced the appointment of Karim Jalbout to its Senior Leadership Team as Chief People Officer, who will begin his new role next month.

At Lilium, Jalbout will increase the German startup’s focus on personal and leadership development and work with the senior leadership team and Board on continuing to build an engaged and motivated culture. He will catalyse the organisation in attracting and developing leaders for the growing global Lilium team.

Daniel Wiegand, Lilium’s Co-Founder and CEO, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Karim to Lilium. He will play a crucial role in supporting and growing our team as we pursue our mission of building radically better ways of moving. Karim’s experience of working side-by-side with everyone from engineers through to investors means that he has the ideal background for our team.”

Before joining Lilium, Jalbout served as a lead partner for Private Equity & Technology at Egon Zehnder, the global leadership advisory and executive search firm.

In this role, he advised listed and high growth global companies on transformational leadership, executive search, talent potential, board and team effectiveness, IPO readiness and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

Prior to Egon Zehnder, Karim led Global Customer Propositions & Sales at Sony Ericsson Mobile where he worked closely with the product and software functions. He started his career at Diageo where he held brand and commercial roles in North America, Europe, Russia and Africa.

Jalbout added: “I am excited to be joining an awesome team at Lilium to help build something truly visionary. This is a unique opportunity to redefine the future of mobility by unleashing the potential of our leaders to accelerate delivering our mission of sustainable air travel.”

2021 has been a busy year for Lilium. As well as publicly trading on NASDAQ after completing a business merger with Qell Acquisiton Corp, it has announced several milestones as it works towards launching passenger-carrying services with its Lilium Jet from 2024.

These include ABB E-mobility, which will provide the charging infrastructure for Lilium’s high speed regional air network, and CUSTOMCELLS, which will produce the high-performance lithium-ion batteries. Other partnerships with Aciturri, Honeywell, Ferrovial and Luxaviation – as well as as airports in Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart, have put Lilium well on track to achieving its objectives.