Eve Air Mobility (Eve), developer of next-generation Urban Air Mobility (UAM), has announced that its board of directors has appointed Johann Bordais, current president and chief executive of Embraer Services and Support, as chief executive to be effective on September 1, 2023.
Eve’s co chief executives Andre Stein and Jerry DeMuro will remain at Eve with new roles.
Luís Carlos Affonso, chairman of Eve’s board, said: “Eve has made incredible progress and accomplished important milestones in the development of an eVTOL aircraft and the urban air ecosystem under the leadership of Jerry and Stein.
“Now, with the acceleration of our vehicle development and increased focus on operations and entry-into-service of our eVTOL, Johann Bordais’ leadership and experience successfully leading a global business will be an outstanding addition to Eve’s team, helping our mission to create Urban Air Mobility.”
Bordais has led Embraer’s Services and Support business since its foundation in 2016. He was pivotal in transforming the area into Embraer’s fast-growing and most profitable business of the company, with reported revenues of $1.27 billion in 2022.
Bordais said: “Urban Air Mobility has the potential to revolutionise how people commute and travel with a direct impact on millions of lives.
“Supporting customers in a high-demand services environment with the right product is our mission. Eve has built a skilled team in recent years to deliver an effective and sustainable new mode of transportation, and I’m so proud and very excited to join this group.”
DeMuro will remain at Eve as executive vice president of corporate development through to the end of October 2023 to assist Bordais in the transition.
De Muro said: “I believe Eve is uniquely positioned to become a leading player in a potential $760 billion Urban Air Mobility market. Our pipeline of orders, full support from Embraer and a large group of strategic partners are key differentiators. I look forward to continuing to help Eve accomplish its vision of sustainable urban aviation.”
Stein will assume the role of chief strategy officer at Eve, based in the US, and will be responsible for defining Eve’s strategy, including commercialisation, growth and the development and execution of launch strategies with Eve’s international partners and operators.
Stein said: “We believe that the Urban Air Mobility market has enormous potential in the coming years based on an efficient, zero-emissions transport proposition. I will continue to support Eve to reach vehicle type certification, entry-in-service, scale its manufacturing and support operations globally.”
Kenn Ricci has announced his intention to resign from Eve’s board of directors by the end of October 2023, at which time it is expected DeMuro will be appointed to replace Ricci on the board.