The Clermont Group, an international business group headquartered in Singapore, recently announces that Robbie Bourke, an aviation industry veteran, is joining as Head of Aerospace. With more than 20 years’ experience in the aerospace industry, Bourke will use his expertise to drive Clermont’s mission to lead the sustainable aviation revolution.
Bourke was most recently Partner, Transport and Services at consulting firm Oliver Wyman. In that role, he advised clients across the aviation, aerospace and rail sectors on strategy, operations and sustainability. He was also responsible for establishing its aviation climate capability and technical consultancy division in the EMEA region. Previously, Bourke held senior technical positions at Virgin Atlantic Airways and engineering positions at Airbus.
Leading the Transition to Sustainable Aviation
Clermont’s subsidiary, magniX, is the industry leader in electric propulsion systems, having now powered groundbreaking flights by five different aircraft, including Eviation’s Alice. magniX was selected by NASA as its partner under its Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) project, which aims to demonstrate the viability of electric propulsion systems and accelerate the industry’s transition to sustainable aviation.
Clermont is majority shareholder in Eviation, which developed the nine-passenger Alice – the only flight-proven all-electric commuter aircraft of its size. Built from a clean-sheet design integrating magniX’s electric propulsion system, Alice produces zero carbon emissions and features lower operating costs per flight hour compared to light jets or high-end turboprops. Eviation was also named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Companies 2023.”
“Business has a critical role to play in catalysing the innovative solutions necessary to address climate change, including in the aviation sector,” said Richard Chandler, Chairman of Clermont Group. “Bringing Robbie on board at Clermont as Head of Aerospace strengthens our mission to bring our new technologies to market and deepens our commitment to leading the transition to a sustainable aviation industry.”
“Clermont Group has demonstrated its vision and leadership in making sustainable aviation a reality,” said Robbie Bourke, incoming Head of Aerospace at Clermont Group. “I am excited to be joining Clermont in its pursuit of transforming aviation and to work with the talented teams at magniX and Eviation to build on the remarkable foundations they have laid down as they move to the next critical steps toward certification.”
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