Stratolaunch Boss Joins ULA in Leadership Shuffle

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WASHINGTON — United Launch Alliance announced a revamped executive team Oct. 27. The 11-person team includes existing ULA executives, some in new positions, as well as some new hires.

Among the new members of the executive team is Gary Wentz, the former head of Stratolaunch, who now leads ULA’s human launch services. George Sowers, the Lockheed Martin veteran who had been running ULA’s human spaceflight efforts, is now in charge of advanced programs.

In addition to Wentz and Sowers, the new executive team includes:

  • Liane George: Human Resources.
  • John Keenan: Chief Information Officer.
  • Charlie Krisch: Standard Services.
  • Laura Maginnis: Custom Services.
  • Cindy Nafus: Quality, Safety & Mission Success.
  • Paul Neary: Chief Financial Officer.
  • Mark Peller: Major Development.
  • Robbie Sabathier: Washington Operations and Communications.
  • Brett Tobey: Engineering.

The new executive team is part of a corporate restructuring that included the early retirement of a dozen veteran managers this year.

“As we work to transform the way ULA does business, and in turn, the launch services business as a whole, it is critical to ensure we have exceptional people leading this company into the future,” ULA President and Chief Executive Officer Tory Bruno said in a statement. “This reorganization will align ULA to position our product line to support emerging market needs, continue to drive out cost, and maintain our strong record of reliability and mission success.”