Michel van Ierland

CCO and Managing Partner NL

Michel has 20 years of experience in the (military) aviation and naval industry. Michel has an operational background as naval aviator and gained over the past 20 years’ experience as high-tech project manager and Chief Commercial Officer. With strong relations in Europe, Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia, Michel is able to generate business in support of many different types of civil and military fixed wing and rotary wing platforms. Michel gained experience throughout the full scope of aviation ranging from R&D, Design & Manufacturing, MRO&U, procurement & investment and to training solutions for technicians & operators (pilots).


Michel in the past years gained experience as the chief commercial officer (CCO) for a global Aerospace training and simulation company (Avion). He was responsible for the commercial strategy and -development of the Avion group and it’s subsidiaries. Responsible for coordinating all global business activities. This includes support of sales campaigns, partnerships with industry and airline customers and direct contact with government. My goal is building long term global partnership to provide affordable initial- and type training at the highest standards together with our partners.

At the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) with 700 employees, Michel was in charge of Marketing and Sales for the Industry segment, and leading this team. Strategic relation management with National and International stakeholders in the Aerospace Industry and coordination of customer relationships on multiple levels. Both Industry (for e.g. Airbus and Boeing)and Government. Large companies and Small and Medium Enterprises. Advocating the entrepreneurial approach by NLR through which NLR is adding value to its customers, resulting in unique state-of-the-art solutions, faster production, cost reduction, market attractiveness and in the end more profit. Marketing of NLR’s innovative solutions, with a special focus on Green and Sustainable Aviation.
Building bridges between National and International integrators and suppliers. Building Alliances within the Aerospace Industry and explore and develop new overseas upcoming markets like in Asia, Middle East and South America. He was also responsible for setting up and developing the new Research agenda and Business Development for China Aerospace, this included AVIC (CAE) and COMAC.

During his career in the Military, Michel was in charge as a project Manager in three Complex and Large Development and Production Projects. The customers were the OEM’s Leonardo, Airbus Helicopters and Fokker. Primary duties during my operational flying career included being a member of the flying crew P3 Orion, which later resulted being an Aviator Instructor. Some of Michel’s key skills include:

  • Over 20 years of experience in aviation
  • Over 8 years military flying experience in missions and as instructor
  • Business administration degree
  • Run big international projects
  • Excellent attention to international strategic marketing and Business Development skills
  • Passionate about the aviation industry