XCOR Aerospace CEO nominated for Pentagon post – SpaceNews

XCOR Aerospace is best known for Lynx, a suborbital spaceplane that the company suspended development of last year because of funding problems. Credit: XCOR Aerospace

WASHINGTON — The White House has nominated the president and chief executive of suborbital spaceplane and engine developer XCOR Aerospace to a top position in the Defense Department.

In a list of nominations released by the administration late June 16, the White House announced it was nominating John H. “Jay” Gibson II to the position of Deputy Chief Management Officer within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The nomination requires confirmation by the Senate.

Deputy Chief Management Officer is a position at the Under Secretary of Defense level, established by Congress a decade ago. The office is responsible for management of business systems within the Defense Department with a goal to “better synchronize, integrate, and coordinate” those efforts, according to the office’s mission and vision statements.

Gibson had been president and chief executive of Midland, Texas-based XCOR Aerospace since March 2015, succeeding co-founder Jeff Greason, who became chief technology officer of the company. He came to XCOR from Beechcraft, where he worked for several years in executive positions in its government and defense business.

Gibson previously worked at the Pentagon during the administration of George W. Bush, serving as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for management reform and Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for financial management, a position equivalent to chief financial officer.

Jay Gibson, president and CEO of XCOR Aerospace. Credit: XCOR Aerospace

XCOR Aerospace has gone through significant changes during Gibson’s tenure leading the company. In November 2015, Greason and two other co-founders of the company, Dan DeLong and the late Aleta Jackson, left XCOR and founded Agile Aero, a company developing modern rapid design and prototyping techniques for aircraft

Read More Here...

This entry was posted in Aerospace News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.