US electric propulsion company Magnix chooses RR executive as CEO | News

US electric aircraft propulsion developer Magnix has hired long-time Rolls-Royce employee Nuno Taborda as chief executive, effective June 1.

Taborda, who will take up a position previously held by recently deceased chief Roei Ganzarski, has spent the past 20 years working at RR, most recently as senior vice president of production programs for business aviation.

Magnix President Dominique Spragg calls Taborda “a leader with deep experience in all aspects of the aviation industry”.

“His entrepreneurial spirit is invaluable as Magnix continues to pioneer electric solutions for the future of flight,” adds Spragg.

Based in Everett, Washington, Magnix develops all-electric propulsion systems for several aircraft programs.

“I am extremely proud and thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the incredibly talented team at Magnix,” said Taborda, adding that the aviation industry is on the cusp of groundbreaking technological change.

Taborda has worked for the past seven years for RR in Berlin, as shown in his LinkedIn profile.

As senior vice president of production programs, Taborda “was responsible for all engine production programs in the renowned engineering company’s multi-billion dollar business aviation unit,” says Magnix. .

Previously, Taborda was director of RR’s business aviation fleet program in Berlin. Prior to that, he worked for RR in Sao Paulo as General Manager and Director of Operations, Supply Chain and Engineering. Taborda joined RR in 2009 as director of engineering in Montreal, according to LinkedIn.

Magnix’s electric propulsion systems under development include powertrains for a nine-passenger transport aircraft being developed by US aircraft manufacturer Eviation.

Magnix has also developed all-electric power conversion systems for existing aircraft types, including De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beavers and Cessna Caravans. Magnix also develops electrical power systems for aircraft under contract with NASA.

First flight of Harbor Air's all-electric DHC-2 Beaver

In January, news announced the departure of former Magnix CEO Ganzarski, who had led the company for four years. Magnix has chosen chief operating officer Michele D’Ercole as interim CEO.

Ganzarski and Magnix declined to specify the reasons for Ganzarski’s departure. However, Ganzarski told FlightGlobal he made a “difficult decision”.

“It wouldn’t be appropriate to elaborate on the detailed reasons, but it was something I felt I had to do,” he said.

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