As the company continues to grow and make preparations for an IPO (initial public offering, Voyager Space has recruited a Blue Origin senior officer as its chief revenue officer. Voyager announced the hiring of Clay Mowry as the chief revenue officer on December 20. Mowry will be responsible for Voyager’s revenue and sales operations. Voyager continues to develop by acquiring firms, most recently Space Micro, and his hire is part of a “new focus around sales,” according to the company.
In a statement, Matthew Kuta, who works as the president of Voyager Space, said, “Clay is a recognized industry leader who has spent his entire career facilitating the evolution of commercial space,” adding that Mowry “will have a substantial impact on our future expansion plans and strategic capabilities.” Mowry was most notably vice president of worldwide sales at Blue Origin, the company behind the New Shepard suborbital rocket and the New Glenn launch vehicle. He was on the most recent New Shepard mission, which carried Dylan Taylor, who is the chairman and chief executive officer of Voyager.
Mowry was the longtime CEO of Arianespace Inc., Arianespace’s U.S. affiliate, until joining Blue Origin. He was chosen president of the IAF (International Astronautical Federation), which hosts the yearly International Astronautical Congress and other activities, in October.
In a statement, Mowry said, “Voyager is gaining significant momentum in the space sector and has demonstrated that it is determined to lead the way for the development of space exploration.” “I’m excited about making my mark and working alongside an extraordinarily bright set of industry colleagues to help Voyager grow in the years ahead.”
Through a series of acquisitions, Voyager has built up what it terms a “vertically integrated NewSpace corporation.” It has also bought Altius Space Machines, Pioneer Astronautics, The Launch Company, Nanoracks, and Valley Tech Systems in addition to Space Micro.
On December 13, the business also added Dirk Hoke, the former CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, to the list of its advisory board. Jim Bridenstine, a former NASA administrator, serves as the board’s chairman. Executives have previously stated that they intend to take the business public as early as next year, most likely through a typical IPO.
Mowry is the company’s second top executive to leave in the last few days. A.C. Charania, Blue Origin’s civil space sales director, and lunar campaign director, stated on December 17 that he will be joining Reliable Robotics as the vice president of the product strategy, a firm creating autonomous cargo aircraft systems.
In a release from Reliable Robotics, Charania said, “Reliable Robotics is focused on redefining aviation with autonomy to increase capabilities for a broad range of worldwide customers. I’m excited to help realize the strategic aim of serving a diverse set of use cases and communities.”