Archer Adds to Leadership Team; Hires Ben Lu as Chief Financial Officer

Ben brings over 20 years of diverse finance experience leading global teams and scaling billions in revenue to his new role as Archer’s CFO

  • As Archer moves towards becoming a public company via its merger with Atlas Crest, Ben will lead the Company’s finance and investor relations functions
  • Ben’s extensive experience will help Archer lay the groundwork for financial success and develop a scalable program as the Company prepares to meet regulatory requirements and obtain FAA type certification of its aircraft ahead of expected significant deliveries of its eVTOL aircraft in late 2024 or 2025
  • An expert at engaging with investor communities, Ben will help ensure Archer’s shareholders are properly informed and involved following the consummation of the proposed business combination

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- California-based Archer Aviation Inc. (“Archer” or the “Company”), a leading Urban Air Mobility company and developer of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, today announced the appointment of Ben Lu as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. Ben will oversee the Company’s finances as Archer transitions to a public company following the completion of the proposed business combination with Atlas Crest Investment Corp. (“Atlas Crest”) (NYSE: ACIC), which is currently expected to close this fall.

As CFO, Ben will continue to grow and oversee the finance and investor relations departments at Archer. As the Company’s first C-suite level finance hire, Ben is positioned at the helm of the Company’s emergence from private to public. In this role, he will leverage operational finance with a strategic mindset to maximize company value. In establishing this framework, Ben will work through the lens of an investor as the proposed business combination — announced in February — is finalized this fall.

“My entire career has been focused on helping tech companies scale by creating strategic approaches to finance and investor relations. I am excited and ready to step into this role for Archer,” said Ben Lu, Archer CFO. “The company Brett and Adam have built is rooted in an aspirational vision of the future and I can’t wait to add to the expertise of the team that will make that vision a reality.”

Ben arrives at Archer following a successful five-year period at Logitech, where he was most recently the VP of Finance managing a global finance team, including Corporate FP&A, Treasury, Investor Relations and various other finance functions. At Logitech, Ben, as head of investor relations, led the team during a period in which Logitech achieved a 10x increase in shareholder value (from $2B to $20B), which resulted in part, from Logitech implementing an enhanced strategic approach to its investor community relationships. As the finance team leader, Ben and his team were able to help the company scale revenues from $2B in 2017 to over $5B in 2021 while increasing operating profits fivefold from $238M to $1.3B over the same time period. Now, Ben will apply that same deft maneuvering and value-driven strategic thinking to the development of Archer’s investor community and approach to finance as a public company.

“Finding the right CFO is no small task, but Ben’s past results and unique investor-driven approach is exactly what Archer needs as we transition from privately-owned startup to a quickly-scaling public company,” said Brett Adcock, Archer co-founder and co-CEO. “As we navigate the closing of our merger with Atlas Crest, we’re thrilled to have Ben at the financial helm, preparing a strategy that can be implemented on day one.”

“Brett and I have been honored to welcome so much new talent into the Archer team, and Ben is certainly no exception as a standout in his field,” added Adam Goldstein, Archer co-founder and co-CEO. “At Archer we pride ourselves on assembling only the best, brightest, and most passionate and are thrilled to add Ben’s experienced voice to our senior leadership team.”

Archer is expected to close its merger with Atlas Crest this fall, adding to a year of significant milestones. Most notably, the Company’s unveiling of their demonstrator aircraft, Maker, which allowed consumers worldwide to virtually step inside the aircraft and envision a trip in Archer’s commercial aircraft following the expected receipt of FAA type certification and subsequent planned launch in late 2024.

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About Archer

Archer’s mission is to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. Archer is creating the world’s first electric airline that moves people throughout the world's cities in a quick, safe, sustainable, and cost-effective manner. As the world’s only vertically integrated airline company, Archer is designing, manufacturing, and operating a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that can carry passengers for a targeted 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise. Archer's team is based in Palo Alto, CA. To learn more, visit

About Atlas Crest

Atlas Crest Investment Corp. (NYSE: ACIC) is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, stock purchase or similar business combination with one or more businesses and is sponsored by an affiliate of Moelis & Company, a leading global financial advisor to corporate executives, boards, entrepreneurs, financial sponsors and governments. The management team is led by Ken Moelis, Chairman, and Michael Spellacy, Chief Executive Officer, both of whom have had careers centered around identifying, evaluating and implementing organic and inorganic transformational growth and value creation initiatives across a broad range of industries. Atlas Crest priced its $500 million initial public offering on October 27, 2020.

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These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the early stage nature of Archer’s business and its past and projected future losses; Archer’s ability to manufacture and deliver its aircraft, including doing so within its current estimated budget, including risks associated with Archer’s reliance on its relationships with its suppliers and service providers for the parts and components in its aircraft and its ability to successfully develop commercial-scale manufacturing capabilities; risks associated with the United Airlines order constituting all of the current orders for Archer aircraft and that the order is subject to conditions, further negotiation and reaching mutual agreement on certain material terms; risks relating to the uncertainty of the projections included in the model; Archer’s ability to effectively market and sell air transportation as a substitute for conventional methods of transportation, following receipt of governmental operating authority, including successfully addressing any obstacles outside of its control that may slow market adoption of eVTOL aircraft; Archer’s ability to compete in the competitive urban air mobility and eVTOL industries; Archer’s ability to obtain expected or required certifications, licenses, approvals, and authorizations from transportation authorities; Archer’s ability to achieve its business milestones and launch products on anticipated timelines; Archer’s dependence on suppliers and service partners for the parts and components in its aircraft; Archer’s ability to develop commercial-scale manufacturing capabilities; regulatory requirements and other obstacles outside of Archer’s control that slow market adoption of electric aircraft; Archer’s ability to facilitate necessary changes to Vertiport infrastructure to enable adoption, including installation of necessary charging equipment; Archer’s ability to establish and expand its presence within international markets and into the market segments of defense or logistics/cargo; Archer’s ability to hire, train and retain qualified senior management personnel or other key employees; risks related to natural disasters, outbreaks and pandemics, economic, social, weather, growth constraints and regulatory conditions or other circumstances affecting metropolitan areas; risks related to Archer’s Aerial Ride Sharing Business operating in densely populated metropolitan areas and heavily regulated airports; adverse publicity from accidents involving aircraft, helicopters or lithium-ion battery cells; the impact of labor and union activities on Archer’s work force; losses resulting from indexed price escalation clauses in purchase orders and cost overruns; regulatory risks related to evolving laws and regulations in Archer’s industries, including data privacy and security laws; impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Archer’s business and the global economy; the inability of the parties to successfully or timely consummate the proposed business combination, including the risk that any required regulatory approvals are not obtained, are delayed or are subject to unanticipated conditions that could adversely affect the combined company or the expected benefits of the proposed business combination or that the approval of the stockholders of Atlas or Archer is not obtained; a decline in Archer’s securities following the business combination if it fails to meet the expectations of investors or securities analysts; Archer’s inability to protect its intellectual property rights from unauthorized use by third parties; Archer’s ability to defend third-party claims of intellectual property infringement against Archer; Archer’s need for and the availability of additional capital to pursue its business objectives and respond to business opportunities, challenges or unforeseen circumstances; cybersecurity risks; risks and costs associated with the ongoing litigation with Wisk; risks related to the dual class structure of Archer’s common stock, which will limit other investors’ ability to influence corporate matters; the amount of redemption requests made by Atlas’ public stockholders; the ability of Atlas or the combined company to issue equity or equity-linked securities in connection with the proposed business combination or in the future, and those factors discussed in Atlas’ Registration Statement on Form S-4, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 8, 2021 (as amended, the “Registration Statement”) under the heading “Risk Factors,” and other documents of Atlas filed, or to be filed, with the SEC. 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In connection with the proposed business combination between Archer and Atlas Crest, Atlas Crest has filed the Registration Statement, including a proxy statement/prospectus. Additionally, Atlas Crest has filed other relevant materials with the SEC in connection with the business combination. Stockholders are able to obtain copies of such documents, without charge at the SEC's web site at Security holders of Atlas Crest are urged to read the Registration Statement and the other relevant materials before making any voting decision with respect to the proposed business combination because they contain important information about the business combination and the parties to the business combination. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, the websites referenced in this press release is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this press release.

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