Daedalean announces Bas Gouverneur as new CEO

Bas Gouverneur

Swiss-based Daedalean, a leading tech company that offers Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the aviation cockpit, recently announced that Bas Gouverneur has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), reports a press release.

Gouverneur joins Daedalean after a four-year tenure at Swiss aviation technology leader RUAG, where he served as Chief Technology Officer, focusing on the strategic planning and execution of the company’s technological innovations.

He replaces Dr Luuk van Dijk, Founder of Daedalean, who will continue as Executive Chairman of the Board and the company’s Head in its relationship with air regulators, including the FAA and EASA. These changes also allow him to focus on several important company technical projects.

After a six-month transition phase, Dr. van Dijk will hand over the reins to Gouverneur in October 2024.

Gouverneur commented, “Daedalean has shown extraordinary capabilities in developing innovative software and hardware solutions. I’m thrilled to drive its strategy to penetrate the many market sectors where its technology will make a revolutionary difference in improving safety and efficiency.”

Dr Luuk van Dijk

Dr van Dijk, added, “I am happy to hand over the leadership to someone with such deep and extensive aerospace experience. I will continue to lead our certification efforts and look ahead to the next innovations that will move the company toward the ultimate goal of fully autonomous flight.”

Founded in 2016, Daedalean’s ultimate goal is to create an AI system that can measurably outperform human pilots in all their functions. Currently, the company is preparing the market launch of its first product for pilot assistance, expected to be the world’s first AI-based safety-critical application certified for civil aviation use. 

Emmanuel Mogenet, a company Board Member, said, “The board and investors would like to extend their deep gratitude to Luuk for his tireless efforts in growing the company from three employees to its current one hundred fifty-plus size. He will remain the visionary genius at the heart of the company’s success. We are optimistic that our innovations will meet with market success under the new CEO, whose priority is to strengthen the company’s market position.” 

To further support this strategy, a new VP of Product, Dr. Joschka Hoefling, joined three weeks ago. Dr. Hoefling’s previous position was as Chief Product Officer at Swiss UAV developer UMS SKELDAR, where he managed the company’s product strategy and development process. 

Daedalean Engineer at Work

Dr van Dijk continued, “Bringing on Joschka will yield an immediate advantage in ensuring our product-market fit. We trust him to create a tailored value proposition for each potential market and launch products that precisely address our target customers’ pain points.” 


Daedalean has offices in Switzerland, the EU and U.S. The team of 150+ people, including 17 PhDs and 18 pilots, possess expertise in machine learning, aviation-grade software and computing hardware engineering, flight testing, safety assessment and certification. The company is working to certify and bring to the market the first certified AI-based product for safety-critical applications for General Aviation called Pilot EyeTM , a visual traffic awareness system capable of detecting non-cooperative traffic. 

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