Sergio Biganzoli, former chief financial officer (CFO) of AgustaWestland, is joining hybrid-electric long range eV/STOL OEM Manta Aircraft, which specialises in regional aviation.

After almost eight years in a leadership position of one of the most important helicopter companies in the world, and further experience in financial management consulting, Biganzoli takes the lead in internal and external development to oversee structuring actions and managing financial communications for corporate events.

He follows top aerospace managers Guiseppe Orsi, former CEO and Chairman of Finmeccanica (now Leonardo), Fabio Nanonni, former Senior Vice President of engineering and Senior Vice President for Safety System Governance at Leonardo Helicopters, and Stephen Moss, former CEO of AgustaWestland North America, who serves in an advisory role to Manta Aircraft’s board and management.

Manta Aircraft CEO Lucas Marchesini said: “I am very pleased to have Sergio join our team and with his long and in-depth experience in the aeronautical sector, he will provide a valuable contribution for our future.

“This is further confirmation of the interest and visible potential of our differentiated and unique advanced air mobility (AAM) solution.”

Biganzoli added: “The ideas, approaches, set up and enormous potential of Manta Aircraft’s solution in one of the most exciting markets of today has convinced me from the beginning.

“I am now looking forward to contributing with Giuseppe, Fabio and Stephen to build an exciting aviation company of the future.”

Manta Aircraft is developing a range of performance-oriented eVTOL for regional air mobility and plans to begin certification of the first two-seat, multi-purpose model ANN2 in 2023.

Last month, Naylam, a luxury VIP Chauffeur Service operating in four regions worldwide, added regional air mobility services with 10 ANN eVTOL multi-seater aircrafts from start-up Manta Aircraft Italia.

In May, Manta Aircraft and private medical air transport company Avionord agreed to field up to 15 hybrid-electric long-range eVTOL aircraft derived from Manta’s ANN platform.