Virgin Galactic appoints Michael Colglazier as Chief Executive Officer

Michael Colglazier

Virgin Galactic Holdings (Virgin Galactic), a vertically integrated aerospace and space travel company, has appointed Michael Colglazier as its new Chief Executive Officer and George Whitesides as Chief Space Officer, effective July 20, 2020.

Colglazier assumes the CEO role at an exciting time for Virgin Galactic as the company progresses through its test flight program and prepares for commercial service. He will also join the company’s Board of Directors effective July 20, 2020. Colglazier joins Virgin Galactic following a long and successful career at The Walt Disney Company, bringing over three decades of experience in developing and growing consumer-oriented multi-billion dollar businesses strategically, commercially, and operationally.

Most recently he was President and Managing Director, Disney Parks International, where he was responsible for operations, strategy, and commercial and experiential development of Disney’s international parks and resorts.

George Whitesides will assume the role of Chief Space Officer, focused on developing the Company’s future business opportunities, including point-to-point hypersonic travel and orbital space travel. George will also chair the company’s Space Advisory Board, and in conjunction with his new role will step down from the Company’s Board of Directors.

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