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Volocopter, a Germany-based eVTOL company, has appointed Dirk Hoke as its new CEO.

Formerly CEO of Airbus Defence & Space, Hoke will join the startup in September 2022.

Florian Reuter, the existing CEO, is stepping down of his own accord and will remain as Volocopter’s CEO until Hoke takes over.

“Out of an impressive lineup of candidates, Dirk Hoke was our absolute preferred choice. Combining our success with Dirk’s experience and vision for our company, Volocopter will continue to lead the emerging industry and successfully master the coming phase of growth and commercialization,” says Stefan Klocke, Volocopter’s Chairman.

Announced on International Women’s Day, Volocopter is hoping that Hoke will bring his extensive experience in leading big tech projects within Airbus and Siemens with him. His “strong track record,” according to Volocopter, in transformation and digitalization made him the candidate of choice.

“No company is closer to making this most innovative form of mobility a reality in cities around the world than Volocopter. Bringing electric air taxis to market in the next years is a dream come true not only for me but for many,” says Hoke.

“My experience from Airbus and Siemens will help us monetize on the leading market position Volocopter has achieved under Florian’s leadership. Volocopter’s product lineup, its certification progress, team spirit, and ecosystem approach put us in a unique competitive position.”

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