Peter Seidel is the CIO of German aerospace company Lilium. Prior to this post, Seidel worked for 20 years at BMW. In his last function as Vice President of the BMW Group IT, he had a global responsibility for the shopfloor systems and a cross-functional responsibility for the IT in the BMW plants in the EMEA region. Before that role, he had a variety of management functions in IT, including CIO of BMW Financial Services, and delivered large scale projects in after sales.
Seidel has strategic and operative competencies in leading international IT organisations combined with profound experiences in IT delivery (DevOps), IT governance, IT sourcing, and cybersecurity. He began his career as a consultant leading multiple projects related to business process reengineering and system integration in the financial services industry.
Lilium is a German aerospace company which is the developer of the Lilium Jet, an electrically powered personal air vehicle capable of vertical take-off and landing flight. In March 2020, Lilium raised $240 million in funding led by Tencent, with participation of previous backers such as Atomico, Freigeist and LGT. In January 2021, it was reported that Lilium was seeking to become a listed company via a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The company completed a SPAC merger in September 2021.
- Oct 2019 – present: CIO, Lilium, Germany
- 2013 – 2019: VP Shopfloor IT EMEA, BMW Group, Germany
- 2011 - 2013: CIO, BMW Financial Services, Germany
- 2010 - 2011: Head of Programme Planning and Controlling, BMW Group, Germany
- 1999 - 2010: General Manager IT, BMW Financial Services, Germany
- 1996 - 1998: Project Manager, IDS Scheer, Germany
Seidel studied Physics and Economics and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration.
At Lilium, Seidel has the unique opportunity to ramp up the entire IT system landscape for the company's ambitious business model. He and his team are delivering a highly integrated super scalable IT architecture supporting the entire value chain from aircraft design to manufacturing and operations.