Overair welcomes Airbus Director Dr. Valerie Manning as Chief Commercial Officer
Dr. Manning brings extensive commercial aviation experience and a strong technical background to lead eVTOL’s rapidly accelerating business and operational growth
SANTA ANA, Calif., August 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle company, Overair, announced that Dr. Valerie Manning will join Overair’s management team as Chief Commercial Officer, transitioning from her current role as Senior Vice President of Training Services and Flight Operations at Airbus. Dr. Manning’s diverse global experience in aerospace and commercial aviation will help guide the organization’s commercial and operational launch as it prepares to fly its all-electric prototype in the second half of 2023.
Dr. Manning will lead Overair’s business strategy, business development, marketing, sales, support and in-service operations infrastructure as the company finalizes its full-scale prototype vehicle and prepares for commercial launch . She will support Overair’s business model, to create value for customers and the company and to enable business growth through Overair’s products and services.
“I am extremely proud that Valérie is joining us. Having known Valerie for years, I have a deep appreciation for her abilities and character, and I know her addition will be a game-changer for us, accelerating our path to commercialization,” said CEO Overair. Ben Tigner. “Valerie’s unique combination of corporate, military and aviation experiences, in addition to her world-class technical capabilities, will help us convert the benefits of Overair’s technology and products into real value for communities and businesses. Overair stakeholders. As an accomplished pilot, Valerie also understands the benefits that eVTOL will bring to urban areas, and she will be key to our success.”
Prior to joining Overair, Dr. Manning served as a senior executive at Airbus, based in Toulouse, France, where she led global flight training and operations, customer support and aircraft modification services. Throughout her career at Airbus, she has worked with the company’s customers, partners and suppliers worldwide on a wide range of commercial and operational matters relating to their aircraft and related services. A retired Air Force officer, Dr. Manning holds a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. She is also an EASA flight instructor and certified commercial jet pilot.
“I am delighted to join the Overair team and take on the challenge of building the business and realizing its business ambitions,” said Dr. Manning. “I chose Overair because of its cutting-edge technology, innovative and inclusive spirit, and deep commitment to advancing sustainable aviation through eVTOL. I am motivated to bring my experience to a new sector of the industry, so when this amazing opportunity presented itself, I gladly accepted!”
The transition will take place on September 1st of this year.
Overair is positioned to be a world leader in advanced air mobility. Coming from Karem Aircraft in 2020, the Santa Ana, California announced the design of its vehicle, Butterfly, in 2021. Butterfly is a revolutionary electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Butterfly’s proprietary technologies, derived from the Overair team’s decades of aerospace experience, create critical power reserves using today’s commercially available battery cells, resulting in advancements in safety and a superior experience for riders and communities. With the adoption of eVTOL revolutionizing urban mobility, Butterfly is positioned to set the bar for real-world reliability, with class-leading payload, noise emissions and weather capabilities. Overair has operating partnerships with companies such as Hanwha Systems and Bristow Group, and the team completed full-scale propulsion trials in the first quarter of 2022.
For more information visit: https://www.overair.com