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AURA AERO appoints new chief executive to spearhead aviation decarbonisation push

French aircraft manufacturer AURA AERO has appointed a new chief executive as it continues its mission to decarbonise the aviation sector.

The low-carbon specialist said Drew McEwan’s 35 years OEM experience will be important in the development and marketing of its , INTEGRAL and ERA aircraft.

Based in the US, McEwen has previously worked for legacy general aviation OEMs, Piper Aircraft and Beechcraft.

He will be heading the AURA AERO’s commercial team in Toulouse and another team currently being created in the US.

Jérémy Caussade, president and co-founder of AURA AERO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Drew in the team and are confident that his great experience and his extensive knowledge of the market, as well as his impressive network will be major assets for the development of AURA AERO and the marketing of our two aircraft families, INTEGRAL and ERA”.

McEwan will be responsible for consolidating AURA AERO’s global sales, marketing and customer support functions.

He will also be closely working with the manufacturer’s partners and suppliers worldwide in their common objective of decarbonizing aviation.

Before joining AURA AERO, he held the position of vice president of international sales at Piper Aircraft since 2017.

He joined Piper in 2010 as Director of Sales for Americas before becoming head of global sales and business development in 2011.

He then served as vice president of sales, marketing and customer support from 2013 to 2017.

Prior to working with Piper Aircraft, Drew spent 27 years with Beechcraft, where he held leadership positions in a number of key areas such as customer and product support, aircraft sales, charter management, fractional aircraft ownership and aftermarket sales.

During his career at Beechcraft, McEwan was recognised the highest individual sales producer, personally selling more than $1 billion in new 1900C/D Airliner aircraft.

Mc Ewen said: “I am thrilled that I have joined this remarkable team. At AURA AERO, we are committed to revolutionizing the aviation industry by spearheading advancements in technology that will drive the decarbonisation of air transport.

“With our innovative INTEGRAL and ERA aircraft, we aim to set new standards and pave the way for a more sustainable future.

“I am truly looking forward to collaborating with our dedicated employees, esteemed partners and prospective customers as we work together to promote these groundbreaking aircraft.

“Together, we will leverage our collective expertise and passion to accelerate the adoption of cleaner, greener aviation technologies.

“I am honoured to be a part of this incredible team, and I cannot wait to contribute to our shared vision of a more sustainable future”.

 

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