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Sidus Space announces Leonardo Riera as Board Chair and Promotion of Jared Novick to COO

Sidus Space announced the appointment of Leonardo Riera to the position of Chair of the Board of Directors and the promotion of Jared Novick to the role of Chief Operating Officer (“COO”).

Mr. Riera, currently a Director of Sidus, was appointed as Chair of the Board, effective Thursday, September 14, 2023. It is expected that Mr. Riera will deploy his significant Board experience to manage governance and related matters. Additionally, this change will allow Sidus’s CEO, Founder, and former Chair, Carol Craig, to continue leading the company in its successful expansion and meet its primary goals and objectives.

Mr. Riera brings more than 35 years of experience in investment banking and fund management to Sidus. During his accomplished career, Mr. Riera has served as a Consultant for McKinsey & Co, as Head of a Mergers & Acquisitions unit for Citicorp Investment Bank, was the Country Head for Bankers Trust in Venezuela for over 10 years, and subsequently worked in fund management with Intl Consilium and as an entrepreneur. Mr. Riera, who has served on the boards of many private and public companies, currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vaya Space, Inc. and FenixOro Gold, where he also chairs the Audit Committee. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has completed additional education for Senior Executives at the Harvard Business School.

Jared Novick has been promoted to the role of COO, from his prior role as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Special Projects. Most recently, Mr. Novick led Sidus’ acquisition of Exo-Space, a space-based AI company, and has worked its post-close integration into newly planned service offerings for Sidus. Mr. Novick's past experience includes government work across the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense where he developed and demonstrated special capabilities and working at NASA in high-altitude programs operating geospatial technologies. Mr. Novick brings prior business experiences as founder and CEO building companies with subscription revenue business models in both Aerospace & Defense and Cybersecurity sectors. He presently sits on the Board of Advisors at BlueVoyant, a unicorn cybersecuirty company.

“I would like to thank Leo for accepting the Chair of the Board position for Sidus. His taking over as Chair will give me the ability to increase my focus on the execution of our commercial development strategy to drive value for our shareholders,” said Carol Craig, CEO and Founder of Sidus. “Additionally, I am excited to continue working with Jared as his promotion to COO will allow us to work hand-in-hand as we prepare for the five near-term launches of our LizzieSats in Q1 and Q2 of 2024,” continued Ms. Craig.

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