Opener has appointed Jon Campagna as chief financial officer (CFO), with more than two decades of financial leadership in both public and private companies, including tenure as CFO at aerospace and space travel company Virgin Galactic Holdings. Opener designs, develops, and manufactures light eVTOL aircraft including BlackFly.
Ken Karklin, Chief Executive Officer of Opener, said: “Jon is an exceptional financial leader with a proven track record. His wealth of finance and strategy expertise, combined with his deep understanding of the aviation sector, will be immensely valuable to Opener. With Jon joining our leadership team, we are further equipped to drive our growth by seizing the tremendous opportunity that lies ahead of us.”
Campagna added: “Opener has the massive drive, talent, and passion needed to elevate itself above the crowd. I have great admiration for Opener’s accomplishments and am truly honored to be a part of this inventive company as we scale and continue to disrupt the aviation industry.”
Most recently, Campagna served as CFO at Capella Space Corp and CFO at Virgin Galactic, where he played a pivotal role in driving financial strategy, facilitating operational growth, and transitioning from a privately-held to a public company.
Previously, Campagna held financial leadership roles in Europe and the US at Ericsson and ICON Aircraft. He began his career in the Southern California audit practice at PwC. Campagna received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
A year ago, Opener Aero appointed Ken Karklin as its new Chief Executive Officer, assuming day-to-day leadership of the company and joining its board of directors, while founder Marcus Leng stepped down from the role.