Meet our team

We combine world-class aviation and automotive expertise to make the dream of practical flying cars a reality.

Leadership

Chris Jaran

CEO

Chris Jaran brings thirty years of experience in the technology and transport industries to his role as CEO of Terrafugia Inc. Over the course of his extensive career, he has served in a number of roles with increasing responsibility, which have ranged from overseeing the development of major aircraft design to establishing and running operations for leading corporations in new markets. Most recently, Chris was Vice President and Managing Director at Bell Helicopter where he had overall responsibility for the company’s operations in China. Prior to this, he was Operations Implementation Team Lead at Virginia-based TetraTech AMT, where he was involved in the Federal Aviation Authority’s transition to integrated ground and space based navigation systems and its modernization initiatives. Before joining TetraTech AMT, Chris spent close to twenty years at various subsidiaries of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in roles that included Chief Operations Officer, President and General Manager. Chris has an MS and BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has served on various committees for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Helicopter Association International and the American Helicopter Society.

Carl Dietrich

CTO, Co-Founder

Carl received his BS, MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shortly after receiving the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Innovation in 2006. Carl was also recognized by the Aero/Astro Department at MIT as one of sixteen exceptional graduates under the age of 35. In addition, Carl has received "40 Under 40" awards from the Boston Business Journal and Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine. Carl has spoken internationally and is generally regarded as the leader of the emerging modern flying car industry. He has been a private pilot since the age of seventeen.

Kevin Colburn

VP - Woburn Operations

Kevin has a strong technical background as well as program and team leadership experience across a variety of complex product development programs, from hybrid-electric vehicles to durable consumer goods. He is adept at building and motivating strong teams, scheduling, budgeting, risk assessment and mitigation, and resource allocation. Kevin has achieved Professional Engineer and Six Sigma certifications, and has start-up experience as a co-founder of Orca Energy, SL, and in management positions at Azure Dynamics and Blu Homes.

Board of Directors

Nathan Yu Ning

Dr. Yu Ning is the executive advisor to the Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. He is focused on international business development for Geely Holding Group and pursuing internal synergies and business collaboration between different brands under the Group. His long career in the automotive industry began in 1998 at Daimler Chrysler as a localization engineer in Michigan, USA. Dr. Yu is currently responsible for new energy vehicles supply chain management, including the sourcing of electric motors, control systems, and batteries as well as managing the joint purchasing arrangement between Geely Auto and Volvo Cars. At the same time, he is also responsible for developing the manufacturing footprint of the new LYNK & CO brand within China. Dr. Yu joined Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in 2014 after leaving Fiat Powertrain Asia Pacific where he was the Chairman and President for the Asia Region. In this role, he oversaw 3 billion RMB in business, close to three thousand employees, and two joint venture production facilities. Dr. Yu holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Windsor and a PHD from the China Agricultural University in Automotive Engineering.

Yang Jian

Mr. Yang Jian currently serves as Vice Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Ltd. (Geely Group). Under his leadership, the Geely Group has continued to improve its performance evaluation and operational management systems. In addition, thanks to an increasingly balanced new energy business and the application and adoption of new technologies and materials, Geely's product quality and brand image have continued to improve.   Since joining the Geely Group in 1996, Mr. Yang has held several key positions, including Head of the Geely Automobile Research Institute, Executive Vice President of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, and President of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. Under Mr. Yang’s leadership between 2004 and 2012, the team actively responded to market changes, drafted the sales blueprint and achieved fast growth. Since 2007, Mr. Yang has led the company’s strategic transition from an “internationalization strategy” to a “globalization strategy,” laying a solid foundation for Geely Group to continue developing quickly and effectively in the future. Mr. Yang has played a leading role in Geely’s acquisitions of Australian company Drivetrain Systems International Pty Ltd. (DSI), London Electronic Vehicle Company (LEVC) and Volvo Cars as well as other international acquisitions. He has also established a modern corporate governance structure with a board of directors and a management committee that is held accountable for the group's operations. Mr. Yang graduated from Zhejiang Broadcasting and TV University with a major in engineering management and is a certified senior economist and senior engineer.

Frank Li Yifan

Mr. Li Yifan, Frank Li, is a seasoned financial professional with over twenty years’ experience in international M&A, investment, IPO, equity and debt financing, corporate financial management, and risk management. Mr. Li is currently serving as Board Director and Vice President of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group with responsibility for group strategic investments and new business. Prior to joining Geely Group, Mr. Li served as CFO for a number of listed companies. Mr. Li has also held key positions at financial institutions, such as the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and JPMorgan Chase Bank. Mr. Li holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Fudan University in China. Mr. Li is a U.S-licensed CPA, ACCA and CGMA.

Ian Zhang

Mr. Ian Zhang, (Zhang Yi) is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Audit Executive of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding). He is responsible for strategic planning and strategic asset management, risk assessment and internal auditing. Mr. Zhang holds a Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering (1984) and a MBA Degree (1990). He has been with Geely since early 2010 and was previously Vice President in charge of risk assessment and project management in Geely Automotive Holdings (HKEx 0175) where he was responsible for developing internal control systems for the Hong Kong listed entity of Geely Holding’s subsidiary, Geely Auto Group. Mr. Zhang was also acting CFO for Geely Holding between April and September 2014, during which time Geely Holding received an AAA credit rating for the first time. Prior to joining Geely, Mr. Zhang has led a long career in senior managerial positions with leading multinational companies including Robert Bosch GmbH and Praxair Inc where has gained extensive experience in strategic planning, business development, corporate finance and operations and compliance management. He is a member of AAIA, and elected as the Vice Chairman of China Machinery Building Industry Association of Internal Audit since 2011.

Chris Jaran

Chris Jaran brings thirty years of experience in the technology and transport industries to his role as CEO of Terrafugia Inc. Over the course of his extensive career, he has served in a number of roles with increasing responsibility, which have ranged from overseeing the development of major aircraft design to establishing and running operations for leading corporations in new markets.  Most recently, Chris was Vice President and Managing Director at Bell Helicopter where he had overall responsibility for the company’s operations in China. Prior to this, he was Operations Implementation Team Lead at Virginia-based TetraTech AMT, where he was involved in the Federal Aviation Authority’s transition to integrated ground and space based navigation systems and its modernization initiatives. Before joining TetraTech AMT, Chris spent close to twenty years at various subsidiaries of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in roles that included Chief Operations Officer, President and General Manager.  Chris has an MS and BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has served on various committees for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Helicopter Association International and the American Helicopter Society.

Carl Dietrich

Carl is co-founded Terrafugia in 2006 with the mission of revolutionizing personal transportation through the practical integration of land and air travel. He served as the company’s first Chief Executive Officer from its inception until July 2017 and now serves as its Chief Technology Officer, with overall responsibility for the development of future product concepts and the establishment of a new R&D center for Terrafugia. Carl received his BS, MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2000, after winning four design competitions and founding a student group to develop advanced aerospace technologies, he was formally recognized by the Aero/Astro Department at MIT as the youngest of sixteen exceptional graduates under the age of 35. Carl was the winner of the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Invention in 2006 and received "40 Under 40" awards from the Boston Business Journal and Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Carl is a member of ASTM committees F37 and F44 that develop the certification standards for light aircraft. He has been a private pilot since the age of seventeen.

Koen Bouwers

Koen is a Series A and Series B investor. He was a founder / CEO of Scense, the Software Factory (East Europe), and Consul (Netherlands). Before that, Koen was President of the Dictation division of Lernout & Hauspie, and held senior positions at Apple, Philips and Quarterdeck in the U.S. and overseas. Koen holds an M.S. from the University of Utrecht where he studied under Nobel laureate Gerard 't Hooft, as well as an MBA from MIT, where he met members of Terrafugia’s founding team.

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