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AAC Clyde Space recruits COO and HR Director, and extends the Executive Management Team

AAC Clyde Space, a leading NewSpace company, has recruited Stefania Mandirola as Chief Operating Officer as part of a strengthening of its management team to meet the broader needs of the group that now spans six companies on three continents.

Stefania Mandirola, Chief Operating Officer, AAC Clyde Space

Stefania will take on the COO role from 6th October to ensure operational efficiency as the Group continues to expand. In the last 12 months AAC Clyde Space has acquired three companies in the United States, Netherlands and Sweden; set up a new space company in South Africa; and had rapid organic growth. To further support this development, Kulwinder Bhumbra will join the Group as HR Director in November.


Following these key additions, the executive management team has been reshaped with Peter Anderson appointed the Chief Commercial Officer of the group and Dino Lorenzini becoming the Chief Scientific Officer of AAC Clyde Space.


Stefania joins AAC Clyde Space from Rolls-Royce Aerospace where she has held various leadership positions, most recently as Head of Supplier Management. She holds a Master of Science from Politecnico di Milano.


"I am thrilled to have joined AAC Clyde Space at a such pivotal time of growth and I am looking forward to leading their group operations globally. Space is an extremely exciting sector right now: satellites data and services have the potential to address some of the critical sustainability challenges of our times. Space is awesome," says Stefania Mandirola.


Kulwinder joins from Volvo and brings more than ten years' experience in HR roles and has worked through a variety of change initiatives.


These latest appointments follow Dr Andrew Carrel joining the Group in May 2021 from a position as CTO of Rezatec, a specialist company in geospatial analytics. He has worked in the space industry for over 20 years.


The executive management team will now consist of CEO Luis Gomes, CFO Mats Thideman, COO Stefania Mandirola, CTO Andrew Strain, CCO Peter Andersson, Vice President of Future Programmes Andrew Carrel, HR Director Kulwinder Bhumbra as well as the Chief Scientific Officer, Dino Lorenzini.


"AAC Clyde Space has grown aggressively during the past year and aims to continue to do so. By adding further expertise from successful high-tech companies, we strengthen our prospects for success and can aim even higher. I look forward to working together with the new executive management team to reach ambitious goals," says AAC Clyde Space CEO Luis Gomes.


AAC Clyde Space is targeting a turnover of 500 MSEK in 2024. In its report for the first half of 2021, the Group reported sales of 84.2 MSEK and an orderbook of 413 MSEK.