An?experienced and pragmatic entrepreneur in the high-technology mechanical?engineering sector. Awarded EY Entrepreneur of the year 2015.?Experience in?setting-up divisions in engineering design, tooling production, prototype and?series-production in high-growth, high value-add?industries. A?results?orientated, strategic driver with operational infrastructure and planning?skills.
Patrick?Hessel is a technology investor in AeroMobil and founder and CEO of?c2i - an advanced composites engineering, tooling and production?company. He developed a wide range of production technologies to produce?light-weight advanced engineered products to high volume, lost?cost and?high-end quality standards. Built an international customer base for?industries: automotive, aerospace, motorsport, satellite?communication.?c2i customer references include companies like BMW, Audi, Porsche, Bentley,?Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mercedes Motorsport?HWA, B/E Aerospace, Diehl, Alfa?Romeo, Cobham. Before starting c2i, Patrick Hessel worked as a management?consultant at McKinsey&Co.?in Germany.
Juraj Vaculik is a co-founder and CEO of AeroMobil, an advanced engineering company that is commercialising a sophisticated flying car, combining real car and an aircraft in a single vehicle.
In 2010, Juraj co-founded AeroMobil and manages the company as its CEO. In 2013, together with the inventor and co-founder Stefan Klein, he unveiled the pre-prototype of AeroMobil 2.5 at the SAE Conference in Montreal. A year later, an experimental prototype of AeroMobil 3.0 was developed under his lead with the team of 12 people and presented at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. Popular Science magazine presented AeroMobil with Invention of the Year 2015 award and UK edition od Wired magazine ranked the project among the top 10 rule breakers last year.
Juraj has over twenty years’ experience of working as a leader with very broad experiences from political revolution to international media and advertising industry. During Velvet Revolution in 1989 which ends a communist era in former Czechoslovakia, he was one of the key persons in Student Movement who have started the process of democratization and established the new post-revolution government in Slovakia.
In 1992, he started his career as a creative director for major global advertising agencies which started their operations in Czech and Slovak republics. In 1996 he founded MADE BY VACULIK - one of the leading independent advertising agencies in the CEE region, extending its reach to over 30 countries.
Juraj acts as an angel investor in numerous projects in Europe and the US.
David Richards, CBE founded Prodrive in 1984 and acted as a chairman of Aston Martin. He is one of the most respected figures in world motorsport. Mr. Richards has been instrumental in establishing Prodrive as a world-leading motorsport and technology business. He has also led two F1 teams – Benetton and BAR - as team principal and in the latter led the team to second place in the F1 Constructors’ World Championship in 2004. Today, he is actively involved in all aspects of the Prodrive group and works closely with the board to develop the business strategy, supporting the executive team in its new business activity.
Meir Arnon is an Israeli Entrepreneur, Investor and Turnaround Leader.
Arnon founded Focus Capital Group (FCG) www.focuscap.com ?in 1988 and currently serves as its Chairman and CEO. FCG has led many investments and transactions, some in partnership with Fortune 100 companies such as EDS, Frito Lay, P&G, Kimberly Clark and others, and some by acquiring troubled publically traded industrial corporations in various industries such as Food, Communication Equipment, Heavy Machinery, Textiles, Automotive, Mobility and Energy Storage, turning them around and selling them to industrial and strategic buyers. Currently Meir Arnon serves as Chairman of Vulcan- Volta www.volta.ci.il , and a board member of several Automotive and Mobility startups boards.
Prior to founding FCG, Arnon Co- Founded and Chaired the New Dimension Software Co. that was later went public on NASDAQ and sold to BMC Software.
Meir has worked with many leading Automotive OEs and Tier 1s companies such as GM, FORD, Renault, Delphi, Lear and others.
Arnon is an active civic leader, member of the YPO where he Co- Founded of the Israeli, Monaco and the Russian Chapters and championed many events worldwide. He is a board member of Israel Innovation Institute and the Co-Founder and Chairman of EcoMotion www.ecomotion.org.il, a non for profit global interdisciplinary community of many thousands of innovators and entrepreneurs engaged in Smart mobility and Alternative Fuels.
Arnon?holds a B.Sc. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, an MBA from INSEAD, and is an HBS alumnus.
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Ladislav Batik is a skilled international business professional with experience spanning the European, Australian and Asian markets. He studied in Australia and later he obtained his M.B.A. degree from Webster University.
He has always been closely involved in operations, manufacturing, financial management and new market development. Ladislav was instrumental in establishing the strategic business planning and consumption channels for Coca-Cola Beverages Slovakia in the early 90s. Later he led the sales and marketing department of the bottler′s subsidiary where he had responsibility for the overall sales and profit of the company.
During the nineties, Ladislav played a crucial role in establishing the market presence for Dutch insurance company AEGON Levensverzekering N.V. in Slovak republic. At AEGON, he managed departments of marketing, corporate clients, IT and also served as Chairman of the Executive board for AEGON Voluntary Pension Fund. The skills and expertise gained throughout this period helped Ladislav to launch AEGON-CNOOC brand in China, together with MADE BY VACULIK advertising agency.
Prior to becoming COO of AeroMobil, Batik served as a member of the executive board for the one of the largest personal finance institutions in both the Czech and Slovak Republic‘s ZFP GROUP.
His ambition is to help AeroMobil become a well-respected brand and establish a new and innovative market where almost everybody can achieve the freedom to travel and move quickly and effortlessly.
Jonathan has accumulated vast experience in roles with Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Mazda, and Fiat adding unrivaled expertise to AeroMobil’s innovation?leadership. Jonathan was attracted by our mission to be at the cutting edge of the emerging market for flying cars, as well as all the successful technical milestones?we already achieved and a broader strategy we believe in.
During one of his latest job with InMotion Ventures, Jonathan was responsible for building new ventures and financing investments in future mobility and smart?transportation, having built a team of over 30 people to create multiple international ventures and business operations across different technology areas and the?technology stack for the future transport value chain, including shared mobility, connected car, autonomous systems and electrification.
Stefan Vadocz is responsible for development of AeroMobil’s public relations and communication with media and influencers.
In the early 90’s he helped co-found first two private radio stations in Slovakia, Fun radio and Radio Twist, where he started his media career as reporter and producer of various radio and TV shows about technology. Later he turned to advertising world, where he was a part of global advertising agency team serving clients like Microsoft and Compaq. He was always active in technology industry, he helped to establish Slovak Information Technology Association where he acted as its first executive director.
In 2000 he founded public relations consultancy Neopublic which served mostly innovative technology clients and still it’s one of the most successful PR agencies in Czech republic and Slovakia. It is also important part of the global Porter Novelli PR network. Stefan currently acts as owner of Neopublic which has two offices in Prague and Bratislava. Stefan’s specialisations include development of communication strategies for innovative brands and start-ups, crisis communication and brand development. He occasionally gives lectures on public relations, corporate social responsibility and creativity at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
He was always early adopter of all new technologies and can't wait to test the AeroMobil in flight for himself. He believes that AeroMobil will change the world of personal transport.
Professional structural engineer and manager with over 20 years of experience in delivering engineering solutions in safety critical industries. Expertise in understanding technical requirements and processes for developing design concepts through to manufacture and certification. Expertise on the management processes involved in running a successful project, including managing customers, work packages and people.
Renowned aerospace certification expert, Hugues Le Cardinal has senior consulting missions for leading aircraft manufacturers and projects. Hugues brings over two decades of industry experience and entrepreneurial vigor to the team through first class aviation insight and an in-depth aeronautical background.
Recently, Hugues key missions and roles included a position of Head of Airworthiness for a French aviation company DAHER-SOCATA and he is today for DAHER, the Applicant Project Certification Manager (PCM) for the Airbus E-Fan 2.0 electrical airplane. Before acting as a senior consultant, Hugues was employed by the French DGAC (National Airworthiness Authority) as a Head of Certification, Continued airworthiness, and General Aviation operations. In this role, he managed several PCMs and was a member of the EASA European Light Aircraft working group, and member of the EASA General Aviation Panel of Experts.
Hugues brings more than 20 years of experience in General Aviation airplanes, sailplanes, motor gliders, balloons, airship, Annex II aircraft Certification and Continued airworthiness. Joining in March, Hugues will heavily contribute to advancing AeroMobil’s airworthiness and ensuring certification standards are achieved within requirements.
Hugues Cardinal was trained at the School of the Air Salon-de-Provence where he received an engineering degree in aeronautics and became a certified pilot. Hugues spent time training to be a fighter pilot shortly after that, but in 1991, he left the program and garnered his rich Air Force training and combined theory for his next chapter. While in the Air Force, he had piloted a broad array of planes including the windfall aircraft: CAP 10B, CM170 Fouga Magister, Embraer 121 Xingu, but also had flights on Alphajet, Mirage III, Mirage F1 and Mirage 2000.
In 1992, he joined the Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) where he worked in the field of certification of light aircraft for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC). In 1998, he joined the DGAC as Deputy Head of the General Aviation aircraft airworthiness office of and continued rising through the ranks as Head of General Aviation in 2001-2008 and Head of Certification in 2010-2011. It was in 2011 that he began stepping out on his own to create VELICA S.A.S to act as a consulting firm for the array of aeronautic purposes specializing in certification and airworthiness.
During the last five years, VELICA had an incredible richness in terms of experiences, meetings and missions on behalf of recognized customers. The company assisted in the certification of aircraft changes, for obtaining authorizations of flight or obtaining aeronautical approvals. VELICA, accompanied by the most daring aviation project, keeps its feet on Earth thanks to sharp the evolution of European regulations, American and Chinese knowledge and the operation of certification authorities. With one goal: minimize the time of placing the aircraft of their clients on the market. For example, the process of certification of the electrical aircraft E-Fan 2.0 developed by AIRBUS INNOVATION. Even through work on the regulatory compliance of the new A310, replacing the old A300 of NOVESPACE, a subsidiary of CNES was designed to perform parabolic flights to create conditions of weightlessness. This knowledge of the functioning of the major institutional actors of Aeronautics and the evolution of the rules of the sector thus allows Hugues Le Cardinal to intervene during training seminars and transmission of know-how for certification of aircraft, airworthiness, and aviation regulations.
Results driven professional with 29 years’ experience in Motorsport and Car Manufacturer, most in Formula One as Technical Manager. Aerodynamicist, Vehicle Dynamic Engineer and Chassis Design Manager including twelve years working for the Ferrari Racing Car Department. Innovative engineer, always determined to obtain target defined, hard worker, fully dedicated to the work, passionate and enthusiast to get the company goals. Expansive project and team management experience with an ability to get the best out of individuals. A team player, capable of working with scientific methodical approach to meet tight deadlines settled by the top management and thrives in stressful environments.
Professional trained as a mechanical engineer, Alex Wendorff’s 25 year long career has spanned four countries and touched some of the world’s top automobile manufactures. He attended the University for applied science in Cologne with his engineering studies being focuses in reciprocating machines, control systems and numeric control systems.
His first job placement would last 7 years beginning in 1990 with Mercedes-Benz AZ in Stuttgart, Germany.After 4 years in the Diesel design department, he moved into a deputy team leader role in the Mercedes Motorsport group. In 1997, Axel moved to Hinwil, Switzerland taking up a position as a project leader and senior designer for Sauber Petronas Engineering AG. Over his two years with Petronas, he was personally appointed to build up the company’s capabilities to develop and manufacture Formula 1 engines.
Between 1999 and 2003, Axel returned to Germany joining Toyota Motorsport, similarly building up their Formula 1 Engine capabilities from the ground up.Axel made a pivotal move in 2004 when he moved to the United Kingdom with the challenge of building up Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines. In nearly 5 years as chief engineer, he saw numerous successes, most notably reshaping the company as a world-leading organization for power train development. After his time with Mercedes, Axel returned to Germany for working with Horiba Europe GmbH to create sustainable profit for the factory in Oberursel.
It was in 2011, that he got his first opportunity with McLaren Automotive in the U.K. as their Head of Powertrain. There, he was put in charge of development for the hybrid drive for their P1 car.?Mr. Wendorff’s last major move would be to McLaren Racing group from April 2013 to March 2015. There he continued his role as head of Powertrain and played a developmental role with the key aspects of the partnership. Most recently he was self-employed as an engineering and management consultant, with his last project centered on assisting Renault negotiate their return to Formula 1.
Finance Director with over 14 years of successful career within finance with an international experience thoughtfully building up the skills, knowledge and experience needed to be the inspiring leader.
His experience has been building up stone by stone and went through financial audit, due diligence projects, project management, financial controlling, financial reporting and financial management connected with people management.
Passionate design engineer with 10 years experience in automotive industry, previously working for Johnson Controls company.
She gained her first experience as Benchmarking Specialist followed by the experience as Design Engineer for numerous plastic and seating projects like Land Rover Discovery Sport and Evoque, Volvo XC90 and 60, Porsche Cayenne, Fiat Viaggio, Ford C-max and many others. She was also part of JCI innovation team where she was working on carbon fiber seat for AMG and on Camisma project.
Katarina is part of AeroMobil interior and safety team.
Peter Bollo is a skilled quality engineer with the strong educational background with 14 years experiences in automotive and information technology industry where he has gained different experiences in different quality roles, mainly in supplier development.
Peter was working with different commodities as a senior supplier quality engineer in the company, which was operating in the global automotive sector and is highly skilled at Supplier Quality Management in each phase of product and process development. He has managed APQP and PPAP activities at suppliers in Europe as well as he has carried out process and system audits. Peter graduated his studies in doctor degree, in the field of science Engineering of Production Quality during his varied international experiences.
In his professional career, Juraj has always been interested in extraordinary automotive and aerospace projects. He started his career as a development engineer for K-1 Engineering where he worked on a hand built limited production sports roadster K-1 Attack. Hard work and expertise during the project led him to become a technical development manager. Later he moved to the racing world where he earned experience not only as a development engineer but also as a race mechanic. After six years he switched from the automotive to aerospace industry. He participated in various projects for big aerospace companies like Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier.
Lukas graduated from?Faculty of Aeronautics at Technical University of Kosice, in the study programe of Aircraft operationwith specialization in motor vehicles, railway vehicles, ships and aircraft. He?started his?career as Aviation technician for Austrian airline (ATB), specialized base maitenance provider for Fokker 70/100 and Embraer 170/190 series aircraft where I gained a lot of aircraft maintenance experience.?A specialist for repairs, modifications and replacements of damaged aircraft parts focusing mainly on metal structure.?He has an experience and knowledge of manufacturing and assembling (aluminum, titanium, steel) parts of aircraft according to drawing documentation.?His ambition is to help AeroMobil to build new way of transportation in the world.
Martin's field of experience and interests are aircraft aerodynamics and mechanics of flight. He participated in the development and design modification of the family of VUT Aircraft (VUT 100, VUT 200, VUT 300), VUT 001 Marabu, VUT 081 Kondor and KP 2U-Sova.
He has considerable experience in the flight and ground testing of the aircraft (preparation and realization of measurement, processing and analysis of the test data). As a research worker he participated in the development of a flying laboratory for testing of aerodynamic characteristics of the whole aircraft and wing airfoil, as well as the turboprop engine TP 100.
Young universal designer graduated in 2012 at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava at the?transportation design studio under the leadership of??tefan Klein.
After the studies, Adam worked several years as Graphic Designer and 3D Artist in a creative studio (Hamendeggs), as Art Director (Sofian) and as Industrial Designer (Plastic Omnium's technical center).
He participated in a number of successful university projects for Skoda, VW or Audi and is the author / co-creator of several Slovak designs, e.g. the first Slovak pedal assisted electric vehicle designed by students - Sandman.
Adam is a part of Aeromobil's styling team.
Peter?started his career in small company, JAG, producing fiberglass parts. My main project was complete reconstruction, interior and exterior, of locomotive cabin R757. Here he?got really good experience and knowledge with fiberglass production and also good practice with work in CATIA.?After 16 months he?started his?work in Adient, formerly Johnson Controls, on the CoC Plastics department. In the beginning he?worked as a design engineer. In this time he?prepared 3D models with corresponding drawing documentation of plastic parts used in car seat construction. Peter?has deep experience with complete plastic part development, from initial draft to testing, on several projects: Volvo V526, Nissan B02, Land Rover L550/L538, VW Tiguan. For last year Peter?took more responsibility on the Land Rover L551, Jaguar X391 project. Here he?was fully responsible for technical point view of plastic part development and led small team of engineers.
Structural engineer with 9 years of experience in primary and secondary structure design and analysis; primarily on Airbus aircraft including A320, A321neo, A330, A350 & A400M.
Specialist in fatigue and damage tolerance analysis methods and toolsets. Provided training courses in fatigue and damage tolerance analysis, Airbus methods and toolsets in the UK and India.
Ivan is bringing 10 years of experience, from both - automotive and aerospace areas.
After finishing the University, he started his career as Production Planner for an industrial company producing and delivering interior parts for KIA Motors, followed by Interior Design Engineer role for JohnsonControls, where he gained experience in surface design, utilized on projects such as Opel Insignia, Opel Zafira, Volvo XC90 and Ford C-max.
After 5 years in the automotive area, he shifted to the aircraft company FACC. As Desing Engineer he mainly collaborated on the projects for Airbus A320 and as Weight Specialist, for Comac C919.
Graduated in 2011 from Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
Michal started his professional career in FAC AG as Design Engineer for aircraft parts. He participated on various aerospace projects like Airbus A330 flap track fairings, Airbus A321 outboard flap, Embraer E2 jet flap track fairings.
His over 5 years experience gave him a lot of knowledge in designing of aircraft composite and metal structures and also knowledge of manufacturing and assembling of aerospace composite parts.
Michal is now a part of AeroMobil project as Lead Design Engineer within Primary Structures and Body Systems group.
After finishing the University studies at the Institute of Aerospace Engineering in Brno, Slavo worked half a year?for YanFeng as Design Engineer for automotive interiors.
In AeroMobil, he is responsible for Design Engineering activities for the wings and tail surfaces.?
Tibor brings experience from the traditional aerospace industry.
He graduated from Brno University of Technology, at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Institute of Aerospace Engineering with specialization in aircraft design.
After finishing the University studies, he worked over 5 years in the Aircraft Industries as a Development Design Engineer on a project of modernization of the metal 19-seats commuter transport aircraft L410NG. He created complex solutions from?3D designs through?drawings for manufacture support, with main focus on aircraft structure design and mechanical systems. He also cooperated with Blanik Aircraft CZ, producer of traditional metal gliders L13 and L23.
Tibor is a part of AeroMobil airframe and primary structures team.
Avionics and Electronics System Designer, graduated from Faculty of Aeronautics at Technical University in Kosice,?bringing experience from conventional aerospace, with unconventional thinking.?
Tomas started his career as Avionics and Electronics Designer for Shark UL where he was responsible for the assembly of electronics and avionics systems, preparation of electrical and avionics systems to flight, implementation of the navigation system "Glass cockpit" FLYMAP and Dynon SKYVIEW on board.
Hungry for new challenges and knowledge, he continued his career working for LET Kunovice on design and modification of avionics systems, management of design works, checking the suppliers and supporting the aircraft certification L140 E-20. He also experienced the prototyping design of control and signaling electronic airframe systems engaged with avionics LRU Garmin G3000 on L410NG aircraft. Was also the co-author of FHA and FMEA analysis.
Creative Design Engineer bringing new ideas during the vehicle development. Mainly focused on interior seats where he has more than 10 years experience brought from Johnson Controls company.
Previously he was working as Design and Lead Engineer in Slovakia and abroad (Germany, China, other EU countries), on a variety of projects like Mercedes A and B-class, OPEL Meriva, FIAT viaggio, BMW X1. As a complex seat Lead Engineer he was in direct contact with the customer and was coordinating the engineering sub-product team members (Trim, Foam, Metal, Plastic, Small parts...).
During his past 11 years he also gained knowledge in designing and manufacturing different seat components, safety, legal requirements, comfort and many others.
Stanislav is a part of AeroMobil interior and safety engineering team.
Experienced automotive technician with Canadian Interprovincial Red Seal certificate in automotive, Bohus has 18 years of automotive experience which started at his dad's workshop while still at the high school, already rebuilding his first vintage vehicles.
His automotive experience covers working with different personal vehicles, in the areas such as electric systems, body work, mechanics, diagnostics, propulsion; all these also applied for racing vehicles kit cars and luxury high end sport cars.
During his work for Slovak racing team Petersport as a Chief Tech, he gained the race track experience, building race cars, project cars and servicing luxury and racing vehicles for VIP clients as for example former NHL hockey player Lubomir Visnovsky.
Bohus gained the international automotive experience in Republic of Ireland, covering technical service of all personal vehicle areas followed by the overseas experience at Auto Canada group, where he got a chance to understand the automotive industry and product in North America as Leading Technician, covering all responsibilities and duties for the dealership workshop, its efficiency, proper work flow and quality.
By participating on new technology training courses as hybrid propulsion training or steering and braking assist training, Bohus is able to apply his knowledge of latest technologies to the development of AeroMobil.
Matej has a varied international experience gained during his studies as well as professionally. Possessing over 8 years' experience in project and financial management of national and EU projects on economics, research, development and innovations, he brings a good drive and know-how in the area of public funding to AeroMobil.
Over 14 years of experience in various HR areas, from recruitment, learning & development specialities up to the general HR management, gained mainly in the international IT & telecom companies in different roles - local and international, working in matrix organizations within multiple countries.
Professional Strategic Purchaser with over 20 years of experience holding various roles in foreign and multinational companies.
Andrea?is a specialist for strategic purchasing, supply chain and contract management. Within her career, she extablished new procurement teams and is experienced in leading training sessions for buyers.