Dr. Laurence Vigeant-Langlois
AE Industrial Partners
Dr. Vigeant-Langlois is Managing Director at AE Industrial with a primary focus on new business development and portfolio management across AE Industrial’s funds in private equity, venture capital, and aircraft leasing. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies Alpine Air, Applied Composites, Columbia Helicopters and Edge Autonomy, as well as on the investment committee of HorizonX’s venture fund, and the Board of Directors of HorizonX venture investments in Near Earth Autonomy and FLYR Labs.
Prior to joining AE Industrial, Dr. Vigeant-Langlois worked for GE Aviation as Chief Executive Officer of the GE Passport joint venture with Safran and IHI, and program management executive responsible for the Passport, CF34-3 and CF34-8C engines on Bombardier and Mitsubishi’s aircraft. Previously at GE, Dr. Vigeant-Langlois played a key role on the founding team that launched and grew GE Additive as a leading force in industrial 3D printing, and led the strategy and global field marketing teams supporting the sale of GE Aviation’s engines, systems and services across commercial, business and military aviation.
Before GE, Dr. Vigeant-Langlois led commercial, product and engineering teams in aerospace and high- tech industries. At Sikorsky Aircraft (now part of Lockheed Martin), she launched new engineering innovation programs. At aircraft lessor CIT (now Avolon), she gained increasing responsibilities in the acquisition of over $9B of aircraft and engines. At The Weather Company (part of IBM), she led the democratization of cockpit weather information and the launch of SiriusXM Aviation Weather. She also previously transported air freight flying Learjets across North America.
She received a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, SM and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and is a graduate of the International Space University space studies program. She is certified as an FAA commercial pilot with Learjet privileges and is a flight instructor in gliders. She serves as an advisor to digital/AI health company Triangulate Labs, and has previously served as a trustee with iSPACE and on the boards of IAWA, ATRIF and the MIT Enterprise Forum.
Investing in Space – Establishing a Robust Space Economy
Originally aired: April 18, 2023