Vertical Aerospace confirmed it has appointed Eduardo Dominguez Puerta as chief commercial officer, responsible for driving commercialization of the VA-X4 eVTOL air taxi.
Dominguez Puerta, who first revealed the news in a personal LinkedIn post, joins the Bristol, U.K.-based startup from Airbus, where he most recently served as CEO of Airbus Urban Air Mobility (UAM). There, he oversaw activities related to the development, design and manufacturing of eVTOL aircraft, as well as associated technology, regulation, certification, infrastructure, unmanned air traffic management, and ridesharing services.
Previously, he played a key role in standing up Acubed, Airbus’s Silicon Valley innovation center, where he served as chief operating officer. He also held several executive positions at Airbus overseeing supplier development and lean management.
Vertical Aerospace said that Dominguez Puerta’s “broad experience and track record of building partnerships across the aviation industry, including with air safety agencies,” will be integral to Vertical’s success as it brings its five-seat, fully electric air taxi to market.
“This is the most exciting time in aviation for the last 70 years. The electrification of flight at scale will transform the way people travel and with Eduardo joining our team we further strengthen the skills and experience to make this a reality,” stated Stephen Fitzpatrick, Vertical Aerospace founder and CEO, in a press release.
Dominguez Puerta said he joined the company “because they have a proven leader, a team who will deliver, a plan that works, and the best partners in the market. This is a great time to join this innovative company that is at the cusp of the next breakthrough in aviation.”
An Airbus spokesperson told eVTOL.com that the new structure of its UAM division no longer has a CEO position. Airbus’s current head of UAM is Joerg Mueller.