Since 1981, SATELLITE has been pivotal in forging the path forward for the space & satellite communities. The evolution of technology has been accelerated, making this year’s event more important than ever.
Colonel Shane Taylor is the Project Manager (PM) for Tactical Network, assigned to the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). In this position, he provides the direction, management and leadership for the Army’s current and future tactical communications network, which enables mission command and secure reliable voice, video and data communications to Soldiers worldwide. He manages an annual budget of over a billion dollars to provide critical network communications capabilities to the Army, Department of Defense and other government organizations.
Chief Commercial Officer Mynaric
Chief Commercial Officer Mynaric
Tina Ghataore serves as the Chief Commercial Officer of Mynaric and as the President of the company’s subsidiary, Mynaric USA. In this dual role, she leads the efforts to position Mynaric as the preferred laser communication provider for aerospace application for both government and commercial markets. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace/aviation and telecom industries.
Prior to joining Mynaric, she was the Executive Vice President of Inflight Connectivity Solutions at Yahsat, a leading UAE Satellite Operator, where she was responsible for the overall strategy and execution of enabling the organization to launch into the Mobility Satcom Services business. In 2007, she founded The EKKAM Group, a strategic management consulting firm focused on serving clients in the aerospace/aviation and telecom industries. Key clients included Airbus, Panasonic and Thales.
Tina held multiple leadership roles at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, where she was instrumental in efforts to launch the Panasonics Global Communications Services business, currently serving over 80+ airlines globally. She was also charged to establish the strategy and grow the software, applications and media business, serving the In-Flight Entertainment and Communications industry.
Tina began her career at The Boeing Company’s Satellite Systems business unit. She was integral to the building and launch of Connexion by Boeing (CBB) business, the first-of-its-kind true broadband communications services for commercial airlines. As part of the business development organization, she participated in the early pursuits of the Teledesic (LEO) and Ellipso (MEO) satellite programs. She was also a key member of the due diligence team efforts, resulting in acquisition of Hughes Space and Communications.
Tina received her Bachelor of Honors Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Kingston University in the U.K. She is also a graduate of the International Space University.
Neil is the Chief Executive Officer of the global communications company OneWeb. He joined the company in October 2020 to lead it through the next phase of its growth under the new joint ownership of the UK Government and Bharti Global Ltd.
Before joining OneWeb, Neil spent over 20 years at Thomson Reuters in a number of roles, ultimately ending as co-COO of the global news, information and software group. In this leadership position he was responsible for over $6bn of revenues and oversaw 20,000 staff, ensuring both the profitability and overall business performance of the business across all of its marketing, digital, commercial operations, technology, cyber, and content functions.
During his career at Thomson Reuters Neil has built up an impressive track record of delivering outstanding operational results involving M&A/divestitures (20 in total), rapid scaling of services, cost take-outs (close to $1bn saved at enterprise level), organisational restructuring, and talent upgrading in senior executive roles.
Neil’s most notable achievements during his stint as COO included: the successful reframing of Thomson Reuters’ enterprise strategy; the leveraging of emerging technology and digital within the business; the delivery of new capabilities to add industry-leading data and content to the company’s offer; and, the integration of 300 disparate businesses following a decade of acquisitions into one common culture and lexicon – all ultimately helping to deliver growth in market share that drove $8bn of value creation for shareholders.
Neil has also served in a number of independent senior advisory roles, including on the board of the financial information company Refinitiv and on the board of advisors for the global technology company IBM.
Before joining Thomson Reuters, Neil spent 10 years at KPMG. He has a BA in Geography from University College London and is a Chartered Accountant.
President & COO SpaceX
President & COO SpaceX
As President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynn Shotwell is responsible for day-to-day operations and managing all customer and strategic relations to support company growth. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Bussiness Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 100 launches, representing more than $15 billion in business. Shotwell is a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors.
Prior to joining SpaceX, Shotwell spent more than 10 years at the Aerospace Corporation, holding positions in Space Systems Engineering, Technology and Project Management. She was promoted to the role of Chief Engineer of the MLV-class satellite program, managed a landmark study for the Federal Aviation Administration on commercial space transportation, and completed an extensive analysis of space policy for NASA’s future investment in space transportation.
In addition to being included on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020, Shotwell was awarded the 2020 Von Karman Wings award. In 2018 Shotwell was named the Satellite Executive of the Year and she was awarded the AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Ralph Coats Roe Medal. Fortune Magazine placed Shotwell at #42 on their list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2018 and Forbes named her #55 on their list of Power Women in 2019. Gwynne was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2020 and in 2019 was appointed to the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group. In 2014, Shotwell was appointed to the United States Export Import Bank’s Advisory Committee and the Federal Aviation Administration’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Through leadership in both corporate and external science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, Shotwell has helped raise over $1.8 million for STEM programs reaching thousands of students nationwide.
Shotwell received, with honors, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and serves on their Board. She has authored dozens of papers on a variety of space related subjects.