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SSPI Board of Directors welcomes new directors from Kratos, Hellas Sat and SpaceX

After an election by the membership, the Board of Directors of Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) welcomes two new Directors for three-year terms beginning July 1:

  • Andre Jones, Vice President, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions

  • Christodoulos Protopapas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hellas Sat

The Board has also appointed SpaceX Director of Commercial Launch Sales Robert Carlisle to complete the term of Jonathan Hofeller, Vice President of Starlink and Commercial Sales at SpaceX.


“The latest election confirms our Board’s determination to increase the diversity of its membership and continue expanding its geographic and sector coverage,” said executive director Robert Bell. “I am grateful to Nicole Robinson of Ursa Space Systems for her two years of service as President and Chair of our Board and am especially glad that we get to retain her as a Director for the next three years. Appointed by the Board to succeed her is Katherine Gizinski of ManSat, who has already demonstrated a strong, clear and collaborative approach to leadership as our President over the past fiscal year.


Continuing in service on SSPI’s Board of Directors are:

  • Julie Bettinger, Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications, ST Engineering iDirect

  • Josef Bogosian, Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Commercial Satellites, Boeing

  • Jonathan Crawford, President & Chief Executive Officer, The SPACECONNECTION

  • Negar Feher, Vice President, Business Development, Momentus

  • Tony Gingiss, Chief Operating Officer, Virgin Orbit

  • Katherine Gizinski (Chair), Chief Executive Officer, ManSat

  • James Hinds, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus OneWeb Satellites

  • Aaron Lewis, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Arianespace, Inc.

  • Sharyn Nerenberg (Treasurer), Vice President, Corporate Communications, Hughes Network Systems

  • Marie-Pierre Pluvinage, Director, Business Development, Connected Intelligence, Airbus US Space & Defense

  • Nicole Robinson, President, Ursa Space Systems

  • Mike Safyan, Vice President of Launch, Planet

  • Dr. Walter Scott, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Maxar

  • James Trevelyan, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Enterprise, Speedcast

  • Jeremy Turpin, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Isotropic Systems

  • Mark Witsaman, Vice President, Product Engineering, Globalstar

  • Elias Zaccack, Executive Vice President, Global Sales, SES

Elizabeth Evans of K&L Gates serves as General Council.

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