Wisk Aero taps Dr. Brian Yutko to replace Gary Gysin as its CEO

Dr. Brian Yutko, incoming Chief Executive Officer at Wisk Aero

Wisk Aero, a Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first all-electric, self-flying, four-seat air taxi in the US, has announced that Gary Gysin will be retiring from his position as Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the Board, effective February 1, 2023. The company has selected Dr. Brian Yutko as its new CEO, effective February 1, 2023.

What legacy does Gary Gysin leave as CEO?

Gysin shared his intention to retire with Wisk’s Board in mid-2022. As CEO, Gysin helped found the brand and transform the company into an industry leader. Gysin led the formation of the company’s leadership team and, under his direction, the company saw tremendous growth across all teams – including development, engineering, and business operations.

Gysin set the direction for the company’s long-term vision, strategy, and goals, while also strengthening the strategic partnership with Boeing – including an additional $450 million investment commitment in January of 2022. Most recently, he oversaw the strategy for the launch and development of Wisk’s 6th Generation air taxi, the world’s most advanced air taxi.

Thanks to Gary Gysin’s leadership, Wisk has become a leader in the Advanced Air Mobility industry and is globally recognized as a pioneer in autonomy and future mobility.

Commenting on Gary Gysin, Brian Schettler, Chairman of Wisk’s Board, said, “On behalf of Wisk’s board, employees, and the broader advanced air mobility industry, I want to thank Gary for his dedication, commitment, and leadership since Wisk’s founding in 2019. Gary’s authenticity, execution, and vision have established Wisk as a leader in advanced air mobility, built trust among the broader public, and advanced the industry as a whole.”

Gary Gysin, Chief Executive Officer at Wisk

Commenting on his time at Wisk, Gary Gysin, said, “After nearly four decades of a career at the forefront of technology and autonomy, I’ve made the difficult decision to retire.”

“Leading Wisk has been one of the most rewarding roles of my career and I’m honored to have helped lay the foundation for both the company and the future of mobility. Wisk is an incredibly unique and rare place, with passionate and smart people at all levels and the resources to make it across the finish line. I’m very excited to continue watching Wisk succeed under the strong leadership of Brian Yutko,” Gary Gysin further commented.

What does Brian Yutko bring to Wisk Aero?

Following an executive search process, Yutko was selected to join Wisk as the new CEO based on his experience with eVTOL aircraft and autonomous technology and his passion for Wisk’s vision. As a Board member, Yutko has developed a deep familiarity with Wisk, the company’s strategy, the Generation 6 program, and the company’s long-term goals.

Yutko’s respect and trust within the industry will help Wisk fulfill its commitment to bringing the eVTOL air taxi to the US. Yutko was selected by a unanimous Board vote.

Yutko currently serves as VP and Chief Engineer of Sustainability & Future Mobility at Boeing. Yutko has served multiple leadership roles at Boeing, including Chief Technologist for Boeing NeXt. Prior, Yutko was Senior Vice President of Programs at Aurora Flight Sciences, where he held P&L responsibility, led R&D, and also served as a program manager and principal investigator for various rapid prototyping and autonomous tech development programs.

Yutko helped to lead Aurora through substantial growth while the company pioneered cutting edge autonomous systems tech. He began his career at MIT and NASA. Yutko received his Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University and his Masters of Science and PhD in Astronautical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brian Schettler, Chairman of Wisk’s Board

Schettler added, “We are excited to welcome Brian Yutko as Wisk’s CEO. Brian has already been vital to Wisk’s success – from helping to secure additional resources for Wisk from within Boeing, to championing the Concept of Operations, developed by the two companies.”

“Brian’s deep expertise in aviation and passion for autonomy, as well as his existing familiarity with Wisk, will enable a smooth transition and allow Wisk to maintain its development timelines and trajectory within the industry with minimal disruption,” Schettler further said.

“I’ve spent my career pursuing the future of aviation and Wisk is the embodiment of that pursuit. I’m fortunate to have been part of Wisk’s effort over the past two years as a member of the Board and I’m honored to take on the role as CEO,” said Dr. Brian Yutko.

“Under Gary’s leadership, Wisk has built an incredibly strong team with a track record of success. We have no plans of slowing down and I’m excited to lead this incredible team as we advance safe, everyday, autonomous flight,” Dr. Brian Yutko further commented.

Yutko will assume his role as CEO at Wisk, effective February 1, 2023.