Eviation Aircraft has appointed Andre Stein as chief executive officer and Jeff Hurford as chief financial officer. The aerospace veterans will lead Eviation through the next stages toward certification of the Alice aircraft.
Stein has spent more than 25 years at Embraer, where he co-founded Eve Air Mobility and served as Eve's CEO. He is a seasoned leader with a proven track record in product development, leading the Embraer E2 product and market strategy from definition to certification. At Eve, he also led the company's industrialisation strategy, partnerships and sales, and capital raising, including Eve's Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange.
Hurford joins from Cirrus Aircraft where he was platform director of the SR1X programme. Over his career, Hurford has held senior financial and programme management roles in the aerospace industry, including 19 years at Gulfstream Aerospace. He brings extensive experience in leading financial and commercial oversight of aircraft development programmes and product delivery.
"Eviation's mission to revolutionise aerospace couldn't be more important or more urgent, and I am honoured to be joining the team," says Stein. "I have long admired the Alice; it's a beautiful and innovative aircraft that is leading the way in all-electric flight. I look forward to working with Eviation's team to take Alice through the next phases of its development and bring it to market, so passengers everywhere can enjoy sustainable and convenient commuter air travel."
"Eviation is entering an exciting period in its history," adds Hurford. "As we move ever closer toward certification and industrialisation of the Alice, I am thrilled to join Andre and the team to lead the aerospace industry's transition to sustainability."
Alice produces zero carbon emissions, with lower operating costs per flight hour compared to light jets or high-end turboprops. Orders now exceed $5 billion.