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February 27, 2013

XCOR announces business development team

A trio of new senior appointments in the Business Development Team has been announced by XCOR Aerospace, signaling the continued progress and confidence in the Lynx® suborbital spacecraft program.

Greg Claxton joins XCOR where he will lead the Retail Sales Channel, Khaki Rodway has been promoted to lead the Payloads Sales Channel, and Lisa Rigano has been hired to lead Product and Customer Experience Development.

Claxton joins XCOR Aerospace as Director of Retail Sales to ensure this call to action reaches as many explorers as possible across the globe. Formerly of Incredible Adventures, Claxton spent 17 years helping to establish the high end aviation and space focused adventure travel industry, which included flying MIGs in Russia, other high performance aircraft all over the world, numerous zero gravity experiences for a global audience, and managing an extended enterprise of suppliers, affiliated agents and clientele.

Claxton will be responsible for overseeing XCOR’s” Explorers Wanted.” campaign and facilitating the success of the personal spaceflight sales efforts led by general sales agent Space Expedition Corporation.

Rodway has been living this mantra for years at XCOR and as a result of her success has been appointed director of Payload Sales and Operations. Rodway joined XCOR in 2005 as a government program manager and technical writer, and has since taken on ever increasing responsibilities for working with scientists, engineers and educators who wish to fly projects on the Lynx.

Most recently Rodway has been instrumental in the development of XCOR’s “Your Mission. Our Ship.” program for customized research and education payload flights in the fields of planetary science, earth observation, microgravity, atmospheric science, medical/biotech, and many other applications. Rodway will also oversee XCOR’s contract with NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program and XCOR’s commercial-focused Payload Sales Channel, which includes global payload integration specialists such as Southwest Research Institute, Spaceflight Services, Planetary Sciences Institute, Space Expedition Corporation of the Netherlands, and Cosmica Spacelines of Toulouse, France.

Lisa Rigano comes to XCOR as the Director of Product Development and Customer Experience. Formerly a senior manager at car sharing innovator Zipcar, she distinguished herself as a leader on the team responsible for developing the product and customer experience that powered Zipcar’s notable growth and eventual IPO in 2011.

Prior to this, Rigano held product marketing roles at global branding agency Digitas, where she focused on Fortune® 500 clients in the transportation and telematics industries. Lisa is currently leading XCOR’s human-centered approach to designing, developing and scaling commercial offerings in personal spaceflight and research payloads. In this role, she will be working closely with Ms. Rodway, Mr. Claxton, Space Expedition Corporation, and an expanding channel of payload integration partners.

“These are critical new hires who will drive our business into 2013 as we transform XCOR from a small R&D company to the world’s most active operator and manufacturer of manned commercial spacecraft,” said Andrew Nelson, XCOR chief operating officer. “We continue to round out our world class technical excellence with similarly capable business talents and look forward to more announcements in the near future. Stay tuned.”

 

 

 




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