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The President and COO of SpaceX is Gwynne Shotwell. She was employee number 7, and has been with SpaceX since its founding in 2002.


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Forbes writes:

Frustrated managers the world over can exhort their employees to solve problems by telling them, "C'mon, this isn't rocket science." Gwynne Shotwell doesn't have that luxury. As president and COO of SpaceX, rocket science is her business. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the commercial space exploration company founded by Elon Musk, managing nearly $5 billion in contracts -- that includes a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. A high school cheerleader and varsity basketball player, she chose to pursue an engineering career after attending a Society of Women Engineers panel at the Illinois Institute of Technology with her mother. Shotwell graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. Employee No. 7, she's been with SpaceX since its founding in 2002, and has been in her current role since 2008. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years at Aerospace Corporation and was Director of Microcosm's Space Systems Division.

I'm having trouble identifying SpaceX's Board, but Gwynne is on SpaceX's Board of Directors.

Another good article about Gwynne in the LA Times:

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/07/business/la-fi-himi-spacex-20130609

She oversees all SpaceX operations:

The gig: Gwynne Shotwell, 49, is president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, the Hawthorne company that builds rockets and space capsules to resupply the International Space Station for NASA. Shotwell is No. 2 at the pioneering company behind founder and chief executive Elon Musk. She is responsible for day-to-day operations and managing customer relationships and company growth. Shotwell, with a sunny demeanor and a blunt way of speaking, is often responsible for updating the media on SpaceX's missions while they're happening.

Sky-high: Since its founding in 2002, SpaceX has gone from a start-up with half a dozen employees to a major government contractor with nearly $5 billion in contracts and more than 3,000 people on its payroll. The company, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., has successfully carried out two cargo resupply missions to astronauts aboard the space station for NASA. It is the only commercial company to do so.

"I knew early on, if these guys [at SpaceX] couldn't make it in the space industry, nobody will," Shotwell said. "If we hadn't achieved success, I was willing to leave the aerospace industry altogether, and go sell real estate or something. Fortunately, that didn't happen."

Gwynne Shotwell gave a TEDx Talk at TEDxChapmanU in June 2013 on the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics:

I found out about this talk on her Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwynne_Shotwell

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