XCOR is pleased to announce two organizational changes. Michael Valant has been named Vice President of Engineering and CTO. Geoffrey Nunn has been named Vice President, Operations & Programs.
In 2006, Michael Valant joined XCOR working on the design and development of various propellant systems at XCOR, including the engines for the XCOR Lynx spacecraft. He has taken increasingly more responsible roles within the company and has most recently served as Director of Engineering and Acting CTO since 2015. Mike has over 20 years of experience in rocket propulsion system design, thermodynamics and numerous other areas of industry experience.
With an extensive background in mechanical engineering, Geoffrey Nunn has over 30 years of experience in program management, working for companies including Honeywell, Alliant Techsystems, Hughes Aircraft, Raytheon and SAIC. In 2015, Geof started working at XCOR as program manager for the Lynx program, and was promoted to Director of Programs shortly after joining the company.
President of XCOR, Jay Gibson says, “We are pleased to recognize both Mike and Geof for their strong leadership and management contributions to the company in their respective areas of responsibility. Both have been essential to XCOR’s advancement in 2016, and will continue to be instrumental in XCOR’s success in the future as part of the management team.”