Jun 28 2012
Search On for New Top Rocketeer
Thursday, 28 June 2012

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            Alaska Aerospace Corporation could soon have a new CEO - or start searching for one. Dale Nash, who has been CEO for four and a half years, is moving on to be the executive director at the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, starting July 31st. He's been with Alaska Aerospace since 2007.

            Nash was not available for comment on his move. But AAC President and Chief Operating Officer Craig Campbell says that while Nash will be missed, he could still be an asset to Alaska's aerospace industry.

           In the meantime, Campbell says the corporation will continue to seek more funds to construct a third launch pad in Kodiak - this one capable of sending larger rockets into space. He says the next scheduled launch is expected at the end of 2013 or in early 2014. The medium-lift launch pad could be built by then as well. It will be southwest of the current launch sites, on the opposite side of the road, overlooking Twin Lakes and Fossil Beach.

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            Alaska Aerospace Corporation could soon have a new CEO - or start searching for one. Dale Nash, who has been CEO for four and a half years, is moving on to be the executive director at the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, starting July 31st. He's been with Alaska Aerospace since 2007.

            Nash was not available for comment on his move. But AAC President and Chief Operating Officer Craig Campbell says that while Nash will be missed, he could still be an asset to Alaska's aerospace industry.

 

-- (Nash 1                    42 sec              "I think Dale Nash has done ... to get into the marketplace.")

 

            Campbell says that message was prominent during the Alaska Space Summit two weeks ago in Anchorage:

 

-- (Nash 2                    32 sec              "It was a good theme and ... by me, but it's a possibility.")

 

            Campbell said Alaska Aerospace board chairman Pat Gamble is planning on a special meeting to discuss finding a replacement for Nash, but hasn't yet set a date:

 

-- (Nash 3                    19 sec              "Probably in the near future ... still could do very good.")

 

            The board could make an appointment directly or conduct an executive search. In that case, an interim chief could be named. Campbell said if the board was interested in talking to him about assuming the CEO job, he'd be happy to give them his ideas of how he'd run the corporation.

            In the meantime, Campbell says the corporation will continue to seek more funds to construct a third launch pad in Kodiak - this one capable of sending larger rockets into space. He says the next scheduled launch is expected at the end of 2013 or in early 2014. The medium-lift launch pad could be built by then as well. It will be southwest of the current launch sites, on the opposite side of the road, overlooking Twin Lakes and Fossil Beach.

 

 

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