Bonny Simi from Joby Aviation

Bonny Simi

Head of Air Operations and People at Joby Aviation

San Francisco Bay Area


Last updated February 22, 2021

One Sentence About Me  

Dreamer, Builder, Disrupter, Adventurer who gets sh*it done.

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

Bonny Simi is currently the Head of Air Operations and People at Joby Aviation. Previously, Bonny was the President at JetBlue Technology Ventures, the Silicon Valley venture capital subsidiary for JetBlue Airway’s investment and incubation of emerging startups at the intersection of technology, travel, and hospitality. Ms. Simi is also an airline pilot, engineer, Olympic athlete, TV Commentator and has 30 years in the aviation industry. She has flown aircraft from Boeing, Airbus and Embraer at both United Airlines and JetBlue Airways, and remains a qualified airline captain to this day. She has served in operational and strategic roles within Flight Operations, System Operations, People, Airports, Customer Support and prior to leading the venture arm of JetBlue, she was the head of Talent for the airline. She is also the founder of JetBlue Scholars, an award winning education platform that provides free college degrees to JetBlue employees. Ms. Simi is also a 3 time Olympian and 10 time National Champion in the sports of luge and bobsled. She also has Masters Degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford School of Engineering. She serves on the board of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, a public hospitality REIT.

Interesting Factoid

3 time Olympian and 10 time National Champion in Luge and Bobsled


Languages

German
English

Countries Visited

Map View

USVI
St. Lucia
Bermuda
Austria
France
Norway
Peru
Barbados
Italy
Russia
Panama
Costa Rica
Sweden
Latvia
The Bahamas
Liechtenstein
Germany

What I Do  


Professional Experience

Joby Aviation

Head of Air Operations and People

Dec 2020 - Present
Joby Aviation is an American venture-backed aerospace and air transportation company. The startup was founded in 2009 and with offices in Santa Cruz, CA and San Carlos, CA. Joby aims to deliver safe and affordable public air travel while advancing the transition to sustainable transportation. Joby Aviation (www.jobyaviation.com) vertically integrates the design, test, certification, and operation of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) air taxis, and plans to launch commercial service in 2023-24. Joby is backed by Intel, Toyota, and JetBlue Technology Ventures

Board Director

Apr 2019 - Present
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Professional Organizations

Founder & President

Jan 2016 - Dec 2020
Member of the Senior Leadership Team at JetBlue Airways. Founded and lead the Corporate Venture arm of JetBlue Airways, through the wholly-owned subsidiary - JetBlue Technology Ventures (www.jetblueventures.com), which has the mission of incubating, investing, and strategically partnering with early-stage startups at the intersection of technology, travel, and hospitality. Located in Silicon Valley, California, JetBlue Technology Ventures is ideally positioned to connect startups from across the world with JetBlue Airways, an innovative airline based in the United States, serving 100+ cities across the US, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Maintained operational currency as Airline Captain at JetBlue.

Founder

Aug 2014 - Present
An innovative employer-sponsored education program that makes it possible for any employee to get a college degree
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Professional Expertise

Aviation
CVC
Public Board
Human Resources
Talent Development
Recruiting
Compensation Advisor
Non-Traditional Education
Corporate Education
ESG
Olympic Sports Administration
Sports Broadcasting
Airline Operations
Venture Capital

Professional Interests

eVTOL
Non-Traditional Education
Aviation
Hospitality
Board Service
CVC
Adult Education
Open Education

Advisor

Joby Aviation
FLYR
JetBlue Technology Ventures

Investor

Sparrows
Linqto

What I Stand For  

Non-Profits

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Favorites  

Hobbies

Luge Coach & Official
Hiking
Skiing
Flying
Traveling
Camping

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Soft Rock

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Luge
Bobsled
Skiing
Olympics
Air Racing

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

NCIS
Madam Secretary

Bucket List  

Seven Wonders

I want to visit the Seven Wonders of the world (all versions of the list).

Education  

School

Stanford GSB

M.B.A. – Master of Business Administration, Sloan Fellow

2006 - 2007

MS, Management Science & Engineering

2010 - 2012
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