Wisk has announced Tyler Painter as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), bringing a strong history of developing, launching, and commercialising new technologies. 

Painter will lead Wisk’s finance, accounting, corporate development, and information technology teams and will be responsible for overseeing the company’s financial planning and objectives. 

Wisk CEO Gary Gysin said: “I am excited to welcome Tyler as Wisk’s new Chief Financial Officer, with his firsthand understanding of our industry and a strong history of commercialising new technologies and business models. 

“His experience and expertise in both small and large public companies, raising capital, and partnerships, will further solidify Wisk’s industry leadership as we continue our growth trajectory and push toward commercialisation.”

Painter brings decades of financial and operational management experience to Wisk, with a wide array of experience across private, public, and Fortune 500 companies. 

Most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer for Surf Air Mobility, a company focused on accelerating the adoption of electric regional air travel, prior to which he was CFO of Fair Financial Corp and spent ten years as the CFO and chief operating officer (COO) of Solazyme, a biotechnology company that developed and commercialised sustainable renewable oils and ingredients, which he helped to grow from early stages through its IPO and beyond. 

Earlier in his career, Tyler was Corporate Treasurer and VP of Finance for Wind River Systems, a global leader in delivering software for intelligent systems with major customers across the Aerospace and Defense industry.

Painter said: “The world of mobility is changing rapidly as consumers increasingly demand more flexible and sustainable solutions, and with a culture built on Silicon Valley innovation and the discipline and expertise of a world-leading aerospace company, Wisk is well-positioned to lead the advanced air mobility (AAM) market. 

“I’m thrilled to join the talented team at Wisk as we push to transform how people get from one place to another.”

Painter joins Wisk following its recent $450M investment commitment from The Boeing Company in January

In June 2020, Wisk announced that Dr Pete Kunz, Chief Technologist for Boeing NeXt and Boeing’s Senior Chief Engineer for Unpiloted Systems, was appointed to its board

Recognised as a leader in the Urban Air Mobility market, Kunz is one of the visionaries behind Boeing NeXt’s Urban Air Mobility strategy and his background in autonomous aircraft will bring additional technical and industry expertise to Wisk’s board.