Dan joined Virgin Orbit after more than three decades of aerospace leadership at the Boeing Company, where he most recently served as Vice President of Government Satellite Systems. In that position, he oversaw Boeing‘s government satellite programs, developing and managing missions for the US Department of Defense, NASA NOAA, and other national programs. Dan’s portfolio included marquee programs such as Global Positioning System (GPS), Wideband Global SATCOM, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) system and the X-37 spaceplane.
Over the course of his career, Dan has served in senior leadership roles through all phases of the aerospace product lifecycle – from research and development through design, production and flight operations – and across a wide variety of aerospace sectors, including human spaceflight, satellite development, launch and missile defense. After beginning his career with McDonnell Douglas supporting the Spacelab Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Dan was soon loaned to the European Space Agency to support system integration, followed by roles on the Delta and Delta II launch crews, then leading the Systems Engineering, Integration and Test Team for the development of the Delta IV Launch Vehicle. Dan was subsequently named Chief Engineer for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) anti-ballistic missile system before becoming Chief Engineer over all of Boeing’s space programs.
Dan holds a BSc in Physics from the State University of New York at Albany and attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.