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.
Molly brings years of experience to her role as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and also leads the company's business operations. Prior to Kitty Hawk, Molly was at Wachtell Lipton in New York, where she practiced corporate litigation and handled internal investigations for a variety of Fortune 50 clients, including J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and the NBA.
She received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors, and completed her undergraduate work in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Molly was a product development engineer at Procter & Gamble and is a patented inventor for her work on P&G’s Pampers product.
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.
Damon Vander Lind
Damon Vander Lind is a start-up founder, aircraft designer, and engineer with a passion for building highly efficient flying vehicles. At Kitty Hawk, Damon is general manager of Heaviside, where he leads a team in developing and building the first quiet eVTOL vehicle of its kind.
Prior to joining Kitty Hawk, Damon was the lead engineer at Makani, a company that developed the first wind-power generating tethered kite to harness wind resources for supplying the world with clean energy. Makani was acquired by x and became a part of Alphabet. Damon completed his undergraduate work from MIT in Physics and Computer Science/Electrical Engineering, and holds a pilot’s license, which he utilizes along with his bike for his daily commute.
Shernaz brings a track record of building brands and taking businesses to the next level to her work at Kitty Hawk. Over her career she has worked with a range of companies across the globe including Netflix, Walmart, Motorola, Baidu, Khan Academy and Guardant Health. She currently serves as executive advisor to GV; and senior advisor to Voyage and 10x Genomics.
She was CMO of Udacity where she was instrumental in increasing revenue and establishing a global brand.
Shernaz was CMO of Inktomi for six years and took the company public; worked in video games, and started out at Sun Microsystems. She completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University Phi Beta Kappa and her master’s work at Harvard University.
Michael Huerta served as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 2013 to 2018. Michael redefined the FAA's regulatory relationship with the aviation industry leading to greater levels of safety and led the effort to modernize the nation’s air traffic control system to pave the way for the safe integration of commercial space operations and small unmanned aircraft systems.
Michael served in executive positions at Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Port of San Francisco and the New York City Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce.
Michael received an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Riverside and a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
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.