WASHINGTON — The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) announced Sept. 11 that it has elected Frank DiBello as its new chairman, part of a broad leadership overhaul at the industry organization.

DiBello, the president and chief executive officer of Space Florida, succeeds Stuart Witt, chief executive of Mojave Air and Space Port in California, who had been chairman of the CSF’s board of directors for the past two years. CSF members selected DiBello during the organization’s semi-annual board meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, where they also named Mike Gold of Bigelow Aerospace and Sean Mahoney of Masten Space Systems to the board’s executive committee.

DiBello’s election is part of a larger leadership transition at the organization, which promotes commercial human spaceflight. In July, the CSF named Analytical Graphics Inc. executive Eric Stallmer as its new president, replacing former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria.

Stallmer started at the CSF in September. Alexander Saltman stepped down as CSF executive director in June, but remains involved in the organization as a senior adviser.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the new CSF staff leadership and member companies to promote the continued development and success of the commercial spaceflight sector,” DiBello said in a statement.

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