Richard Hjelmberg

Paris. 22 June 2019. Europe’s manufacturer of VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), UMS SKELDAR announced the appointment of Richard Hjelmberg as Executive Sales Director for UMS SKELDAR.

Hjelmberg joins from Saab AB where he held a number of executive positions and will now support the UMS SKELDAR strategy to roll-out global sales and after sales programmes for defence, security and civilian customers. At Paris Air Show 2019, he has been involved with media and customer briefings alongside David Willems, Head of Business Development, and will also work in tandem with Carl Foucard, Head of Sales.

A Licensed Aircraft Engineer, with 30 years’ experience with Saab in executive roles, he established a successful sales record across international aerospace markets. Hjelmberg joins UMS SKELDAR from his most recent position as Head of Marketing & Sales, Maritime Surveillance Area in Bangkok at Saab Asia Pacific.

Axel Cavalli-Björkman, Chief Executive Officer for UMS SKELDAR, says: “Richard’s appointment is a testament to our dynamic expansion across international markets and his track record. We are delighted to have him on board. Attracting someone of Richard’s calibre into the business is a great endorsement of our strategy and ambition. He brings with him exceptional knowledge and experience which will be vital as we continue our growth plans to develop VTOL UAVs for the defence, security and civilian sector.’

Hjelmberg added: “This role comes at an exciting time in developing the VTOL rotary UAV proposition. We have a tremendous opportunity to grow further and continue to support our priority markets, bringing our platforms and service delivery to match the demands and rightly high expectations of our clients. I’m excited to be on board and part of the amazing team that will take UMS SKELDAR to new heights.”