Overair has announced that Dr Valerie Manning will join the company as chief commercial officer (CCO) from her current role as senior vice president of training and flight operation services at Airbus.
Manning will help guide Overair’s commercial and operational launch as it prepares to fly its all-electric prototype in the second half of 2023, leading its commercial strategy, business development, marketing, sales, support, and in-service operations infrastructure.
Overair CEO Ben Tigner said: “Having known Valerie for years, I have a deep appreciation for her capabilities and character, and I know that her addition will be a game changer for us, accelerating our path toward commercialisation.
“Valerie’s unique combination of corporate, military, and aviation experience, on top of her world-class technical capabilities, will help us convert Overair’s technology and product advantages into real-world value for communities and Overair’s stakeholders.
“As an accomplished pilot, Valerie also understands the benefits eVTOL will bring to urban areas, and she will be key to unlocking our success.”
Prior to joining Overair, Dr. Manning served as a senior executive at Airbus, based in Toulouse, France, where she has led worldwide training and flight operations services, customer support and aircraft modification services.
Throughout her Airbus career, she has worked with the company’s customers, partners, and suppliers worldwide on a wide range of commercial and operational topics related to their aircraft and associated services.
A retired United States Air Force Officer, she holds a doctoral degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. She is also a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) flight instructor and jet-rated commercial pilot.
She commented: “I’m so excited to join the Overair team and to address the challenge of building the company and bringing its business ambitions to fruition.
“I chose Overair due to its state-of-the-art technology, innovative and inclusive spirit, and deep commitment to advancing sustainable aviation through eVTOL. I am motivated by the idea of bringing my experience to a new industry sector, so when this fantastic opportunity presented itself, I accepted with pleasure.”
Last month, Overair announced it would utilise Toray Composite Materials America’s advanced pre-impregnated (prepreg) system in its Butterfly prototype low-noise, zero-emission eVTOL aircraft for sustainable aerial ridesharing in densely populated cities.
In June, Overair announced an investment of $145 million from Hanwha Systems and Hanwha Aerospace to fly its Butterfly all-electric experimental prototype in the second half of 2023.