Former SpaceX lawyer David Anderman joins Surf Air Mobility

CNBC has learned that David Anderman, who most recently served as general counsel at SpaceX, is joining the soon-to-be-listed Surf Air Mobility company.

Surf Air, a regional airline and electric flight company, plans to go public through a direct listing later this summer, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. With Cessna Grand Caravans as its aircraft fleet, Surf Air offers membership flights.

The company is also merging with Southern Airways Express, which carried more than 400,000 customers last year, according to SEC filings.

Anderman is joining Surf Air as chief legal officer, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC. He served as SpaceX’s General Counsel for two years until 2020. His responsibilities previously included setting up the global corporate structure for the Starlink satellite internet service, he said, as well as Hollywood licensing deals such as Tom Cruise’s plan to shoot a movie in space.

His work spans media and technology. Anderman led the sale of Lucasfilm in 2012 Disney for $4 billion, the culmination of a 16-year career at George Lucas’ company.

Surf Air did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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