Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. Sebastian is the CEO of Kitty Hawk, whose vision is to free people from traffic. He is also the founder, chairman, and president of Udacity, whose mission is to democratize education.
Sebastian was the founder of X (previously Google X), where he led the development of the self-driving car, Google Glass, and other projects. He spent several years as a professor at Stanford University where he led the Stanford Racing Team, whose “Stanley” won the DARPA Grand Challenge. Stanley is now on display at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Deanna White is a proven senior executive with more than 30 years experience in aviation, telecoms, and technology. She’s spent her career building meaningful relationships with employees, stakeholders, and partners that have helped accelerate effective change and deliver results against the strategic goals of the organizations she has led. Deanna is the COO of Kitty Hawk where she oversees all business operations supporting the groundbreaking work of the organization.
Prior to Kitty Hawk, Deanna was the CEO of Flexjet, a private jet airline until 2015. She also spent 13 years at Verizon in a variety of senior Finance roles. Deanna holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Tampa, and an MBA and a Masters in Cybersecurity from the University of Dallas.
Alex Roetter is an engineer, leader, and aviator, and loves bringing new products and services into the hands of real people. At Kitty Hawk, Alex is the President of Flyer, where he is responsible for all aspects of developing the world’s first real transportation solution based on the Flyer electric VTOL aircraft.
Prior to joining Kitty Hawk, Alex was the SVP of Engineering at Twitter, where he founded the revenue engineering team and grew sales from near zero to over $2B a year. Before that, he worked at a small wind power startup and spent a number of years at Google in a variety of engineering roles. Alex holds an MS and BS from Stanford University in Computer Science, and an FAA Commercial pilot’s license.
President, Cora and CEO of Zephyr Airworks
Fred Reid is the CEO of Zephyr Airworks, Kitty Hawk’s operator in New Zealand. Fred Reid has spent his 30-year career in the aviation and airline industry helping make the world a little smaller and a whole lot more connected. He is an experienced leader, executive, and board director who has launched, grown, and strengthened some of the finest brands in the sky.
Fred was the founding CEO of Virgin America, which went on to become the most decorated airline in North America. Before that, he was president of Delta Air Lines and president of Lufthansa Airlines, where he was the co-architect of the Star Alliance.
Building From A Legacy
In 1903, the Wright brothers took flight for the first time from the beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Today, in California, we are building on their legacy to create the next generation of vehicles for everyday flight.
Building From Experience
Our world-class team contributes decades of expertise in commercial aviation, aerospace, automotive engineering, advanced manufacturing, flight test, industrial design, customer experience, and regulatory compliance.
Building The Future
We have started the journey by designing, testing and building all-electric vertical take-off and landing products for work and play. By partnering with public and private customers we will improve our urban and natural environments with efficient and reliable mobility.