Shaping the Future

We envision a world where our high-power-density electric motors power airplanes cleanly and more efficiently, in a way that benefits the environment and lowers costs for operators and consumers.

Dreaming the
impossible

 

Our founder, Tony Guina, wanted to transform the way we think about powering the machines that move our world.

It was an audacious dream, one that meant searching for ground-breaking technology and approaches. In 2009 Tony began assembling a skilled team to translate dreams into ideas and eventually into prototypes. magniX was born.

Learning from
the past and
shaping the
future

History teaches us that disruptions in aircraft design and transportation business models stem from revolutions in propulsion systems. magniX is working to revolutionize the way the world connects by transforming the way aircraft are powered.

magniX will shape culture by enabling lower cost, cleaner transport solutions and influence and inspire existing and new companies to go electric with a sustainable solution.

A world-class team

We have a passionate group of employees that have decided to change the world with us and create a legacy for their families, friends and communities. A legacy that will have launched a new era in air transportation. Our team includes members from Airbus, Astronics, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Google-X, GE Aviation, Liebherr, P&W, SpaceX, Tesla and others.

Meet our leaders

Roei Ganzarski
CEO

Roei leads magniX. Prior to magniX, Roei was CEO of BoldIQ, a global provider of dynamic real-time scheduling optimization software which, under Roei’s leadership, grew from a seed software startup to a profitable multi-million dollar SaaS company. Before BoldIQ, Roei was Chief Customer Officer for Boeing’s Flight Services division where he led all worldwide customer and market facing organizations. Other experiences prior to Boeing include private investment banking, corporate finance, advertising, and the military.

He is a graduate of Wharton’s Advanced Management Program, earned an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BA in Economics from The University of Haifa. Roei sits on the board of the Washington Technology Industry Association.

Scott Sandler
CFO

Leading manufacturing companies in automotive, aerospace and media, Scott has a rich mix of finance, operations and engineering experience. As an expert in revenue growth and operational efficiency, he has lead several finance divisions in companies like SpaceX, Ford and other exciting start ups.

Scott holds a masters in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from University of Michigan.

David Sercombe
Chief Engineer, Motors

David has a wealth of knowledge and experience in electric motor technology from Guina Developments/Guina Energy. He specializes in the design, modelling and prototyping of permanent magnet and superconducting motors and generators. He is one of the key driving forces behind the design and development of the magni series systems.

David earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) at University of Southern Queensland.

Luciano Serra
Head of System Integrity

Luciano leads certification and safety for magniX. He has significant experience in aerospace certification gained from working at industry leaders such as Embraer and Bombardier. Luciano’s experience spans different countries including Germany, Japan, Canada, Brazil, and Australia. He has advanced knowledge of airworthiness regulations worldwide, including aircraft Type Certification, design change approvals and operational requirements.

Luciano earned his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.

Daniel Charles
Chief of Staff

Daniel joined magniX to lead special projects. Before joining magniX, he worked on private equity investments for an international business group. Prior to that, he spent the last decade of his career working in motorsports in F1, Formula 3 and World Rally Racing in the area of marketing and business development. He has worked on projects with Fujitsu, Tony Robbins, Mobil 1 and 3M. He is excited to bring his marketing and business experience to promoting the future of electric flight.

Yaara Livne
Head of Talent and Engagement

Yaara leads Talent and Engagement at magniX. Yaara brings broad experience from the tech, legal and media industries. Prior to joining magniX, Yaara headed the US Operations and HR of an Israeli SaaS startup. Prior to that, she served as Legal Counsel at Keshet, a leading Israeli broadcasting company, and as a Litigation Attorney at a large law firm. She thrives in fast-paced environments and is passionate about people and business growth.

Yaara earned her Law degree (Cum Laude) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Michele D’Ercole
Chief Operating Officer

Michele joins magniX with more than 20 years of experience in aerospace, oil & gas, and automotive. His most recent role was President and Managing Executive at GE Aviation Czech Republic. He was responsible for all engineering development efforts, supply chain, sales and customer support for the GE small commercial turboprops business unit. Previous to that role he was the Engineering Director and Head of Design for the M601/H family of engines. Prior to GE Aviation, he was with GE Oil & Gas where he served as the leader of the Turbomachinery Advanced Technology Organization. Prior to GE, Michele worked at Fiat Auto, and Fiat Avio.

Michele earned his MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Rome.

Dr. Youcef Abdelli
Chief Engineer, Power Electronics and Electrical Systems

Dr. Youcef Abdelli comes from an extensive aerospace background in more electrical aircraft projects. His expertise is in aircraft electrical systems and power electronics Hardware and Software . Before magniX , he worked for Liebherr aerospace where he was a Power Electronics Expert working on different successful aerospace (Civil and military) and automotive (Fuel cell) projects . Prior to Liebherr , he worked for Airbus, Safran and other major aerospace companies. At magniX, he developed an industry-leading aerospace-grade power electronics that was integrated on a successful test flight at HarbourAir in Dec 2019. Today he leads magniX’s Electric propulsion system development for current product lines.

Youcef Abdelli earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from the Polytechnic School of Nantes university.

Our Locations

Seattle, WA, USA

Seattle has a rich history in Aviation and is home to our global HQ and US engineering center.

Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

The birthplace of our technology, the Gold Coast is home to our Australian engineering centre.