Universal Hydrogen has appointed Rod Williams as chief commercial officer.
Williams is an industry veteran with extensive aircraft commercial operations experience, having served in a variety of high-level roles at Bombardier including vice president of Marketing and vice president of Regional Programs. Previously, he served as chief marketing officer of Wheels Up, as well as president of its Canadian subsidiary.
“Since our founding a year ago, we have been moving quickly to bring to market a green hydrogen distribution and logistics solution for the aviation sector, as well as the first certified hydrogen powertrain for regional airplanes. With the addition of Rod to our team, we look forward to amplifying our message of the economic and environmental benefits of green hydrogen to the aviation ecosystem.”said Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen.
The company also unveiled its Strategic Advisory Board comprising Dr. Tom Enders—former Airbus CEO and current board member of Lufthansa, Linde, and Lilium; Carl Burleson—former FAA deputy administrator; Dr. Lourdes Maurice—former FAA chief scientist for Environment and recognized for her contribution to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); and John Leahy—former Airbus chief commercial officer responsible for $1.8 trillion in aircraft sales.
“Hydrogen represents one of the best approaches for the aviation sector to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The team at Universal Hydrogen is trying to make it happen much sooner by solving two of the biggest outstanding challenges: hydrogen fuel logistics and a certified hydrogen powertrain.”Dr. Lourdes Maurice.
Universal Hydrogen also recently secured an investment from Trucks Venture Capital. With this financing, Universal Hydrogen is scaling up its engineering team in Los Angeles, building full-scale gaseous and liquid hydrogen modules, and testing an “iron bird” prototype of a fuel cell powertrain suitable for regional and eVTOL applications—all by Q2 2021.
“The future of transportation is being built by companies like Universal Hydrogen. They have developed a pragmatic, near-term, and scalable approach to decarbonize a challenging sector—aviation. We’re proud to be a part of the team’s growth journey.”Jeff Schox, general partner at Trucks Venture Capital.