Chris Chautard, CEO  Chris is the CEO of Seattle-based LeoStella LLC, a joint venture between Thales Alenia Space and Spaceflight Industries, dedicated to manufacturing high revisit small satellites for earth observation. As former Space Systems Program Director and deputy to the VP of Science and Earth Observation Programs for Thales Alenia Space, he has a sharp knowledge of the EO field and of how to best organize the production of satellites.  Chris is inspired by developing space systems. He was 8 when he watched the first moon landing on television and this has later decided his career path. He's incubated his leading competences in the space industry in Europe, grown them in the software industry in the San Francisco Bay Area and honed his skills with Thales Alenia Space. He is constantly seeking of new horizons, and is proud to be at the helm of LeoStella.

Chris Chautard, CEO

Chris is the CEO of Seattle-based LeoStella LLC, a joint venture between Thales Alenia Space and Spaceflight Industries, dedicated to manufacturing high revisit small satellites for earth observation. As former Space Systems Program Director and deputy to the VP of Science and Earth Observation Programs for Thales Alenia Space, he has a sharp knowledge of the EO field and of how to best organize the production of satellites.

Chris is inspired by developing space systems. He was 8 when he watched the first moon landing on television and this has later decided his career path. He's incubated his leading competences in the space industry in Europe, grown them in the software industry in the San Francisco Bay Area and honed his skills with Thales Alenia Space. He is constantly seeking of new horizons, and is proud to be at the helm of LeoStella.

 Marc Reynaud, COO  Marc has more than 25 years of experience in the space industry, much of it with Thales Alenia Space. Marc managed the development and manufacturing of many satellite complex sub-systems for LEO constellation projects and programs as SkyBridge, GlobalStar or Iridium. As part of the more challenging Iridium-Next, Marc spent several years in Rome to set-up and lead the production line of the 81 models of the Main Mission Antenna. This complex active antenna sub-system had been previously designed / qualified in Toulouse, France under his responsibility. As with GlobalStar and other constellations where Marc was involved, the “industrialization” word was a constant goal for him to be able to manufacture efficiently, at the lowest cost possible, in an optimized schedule and in a motivated team environment. It is the challenge of the New Space industry to create new markets: Marc's motivation is to break the traditional rules with smart design and processes, increasing the efficiency and the agility of production, in a dynamic and spirited team culture.

Marc Reynaud, COO

Marc has more than 25 years of experience in the space industry, much of it with Thales Alenia Space. Marc managed the development and manufacturing of many satellite complex sub-systems for LEO constellation projects and programs as SkyBridge, GlobalStar or Iridium. As part of the more challenging Iridium-Next, Marc spent several years in Rome to set-up and lead the production line of the 81 models of the Main Mission Antenna. This complex active antenna sub-system had been previously designed / qualified in Toulouse, France under his responsibility. As with GlobalStar and other constellations where Marc was involved, the “industrialization” word was a constant goal for him to be able to manufacture efficiently, at the lowest cost possible, in an optimized schedule and in a motivated team environment. It is the challenge of the New Space industry to create new markets: Marc's motivation is to break the traditional rules with smart design and processes, increasing the efficiency and the agility of production, in a dynamic and spirited team culture.

 Brian Rider, CTO  Brian has spent his career developing high quality space systems for a variety of missions including earth imaging, weather monitoring, astronomy, optical communications, and interplanetary exploration. Prior to joining LeoStella, Brian was the Director of Imaging at BlackSky and was part of the leadership of the satellite engineering group. Brian has a passion for space missions and believes strongly in the benefit of leveraging emerging technologies to create new capabilities in the space domain.

Brian Rider, CTO

Brian has spent his career developing high quality space systems for a variety of missions including earth imaging, weather monitoring, astronomy, optical communications, and interplanetary exploration. Prior to joining LeoStella, Brian was the Director of Imaging at BlackSky and was part of the leadership of the satellite engineering group. Brian has a passion for space missions and believes strongly in the benefit of leveraging emerging technologies to create new capabilities in the space domain.

 
 Paul McGinty, Director of Programs  For the past 20 years Paul has set up hardware programs from startups in empty warehouses through to multibillion dollar electric vehicle programs. Managing risk from prototype to mass production his program management approach leverages eye level human connections. Paul’s program management team works across global supply chain factories to enable rapid adoption of innovation to solve customer needs. Paul is committed to LeoStella's innovative plan for serial production of spacecraft and he believes that the LeoStella mass production model will open up tremendous opportunity for tomorrow's entrepreneurs where space hardware infrastructure is needed with repeatable and compressed cost and delivery terms.

Paul McGinty, Director of Programs

For the past 20 years Paul has set up hardware programs from startups in empty warehouses through to multibillion dollar electric vehicle programs. Managing risk from prototype to mass production his program management approach leverages eye level human connections. Paul’s program management team works across global supply chain factories to enable rapid adoption of innovation to solve customer needs. Paul is committed to LeoStella's innovative plan for serial production of spacecraft and he believes that the LeoStella mass production model will open up tremendous opportunity for tomorrow's entrepreneurs where space hardware infrastructure is needed with repeatable and compressed cost and delivery terms.

 
 Gunjan Murarka, Chief Finance Officer  Gunjan is responsible for the financial management of the company. Gunjan also leads Human Resources, Information Technology and Legal activities at LeoStella. Prior to being named CFO, Gunjan was Vice President, Finance at Spaceflight Industries.  His career spans more than 20 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership and corporate strategy. Gunjan has worked from Fortune 100 to Venture backed firms – Spaceflight, Microsoft,  Amazon.com , Sprint and Siemens. He also had twice launched ventures supporting social cause – Funny Buku to help pre-K kids learn basic skills through interactive apps, and Travoge- a travel marketplace to help small business owners in East Africa. Having worked in three continents- NA, Europe and Asia and across multiple industries - Space, Cloud, Travel, Tech, Mobile and E-commerce, Gunjan brings a very wide and diverse perspective to solving problems. He is passionate about solving complex business problems, driving growth and operational excellence by combining data analytics with business expertise. Gunjan loves developing people and receiving their best through coaching.  Gunjan earned a Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Delhi University.

Gunjan Murarka, Chief Finance Officer

Gunjan is responsible for the financial management of the company. Gunjan also leads Human Resources, Information Technology and Legal activities at LeoStella. Prior to being named CFO, Gunjan was Vice President, Finance at Spaceflight Industries.

His career spans more than 20 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership and corporate strategy. Gunjan has worked from Fortune 100 to Venture backed firms – Spaceflight, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Sprint and Siemens. He also had twice launched ventures supporting social cause – Funny Buku to help pre-K kids learn basic skills through interactive apps, and Travoge- a travel marketplace to help small business owners in East Africa. Having worked in three continents- NA, Europe and Asia and across multiple industries - Space, Cloud, Travel, Tech, Mobile and E-commerce, Gunjan brings a very wide and diverse perspective to solving problems. He is passionate about solving complex business problems, driving growth and operational excellence by combining data analytics with business expertise. Gunjan loves developing people and receiving their best through coaching.

Gunjan earned a Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Delhi University.

 Laurent Houis, Director of Technology  Laurent has more than 22 years of experience in the aerospace industry, developing and operating various systems such as attitude control, propulsion and avionics . He also specializes in spacecraft systems engineering, and business development. His experience spans end-to-end spacecraft development as a design authority ranging from LEO constellation development to large GEO telecom satellites, from a blank paper to the in-orbit operation, and from a well-established company to a new start-up. He has successfully overseen more than 30 different spacecraft operating successfully in orbit and has unprecedented experience in troubleshooting management. He is continually motivated by a curiosity for new technologies and new challenges.

Laurent Houis, Director of Technology

Laurent has more than 22 years of experience in the aerospace industry, developing and operating various systems such as attitude control, propulsion and avionics . He also specializes in spacecraft systems engineering, and business development. His experience spans end-to-end spacecraft development as a design authority ranging from LEO constellation development to large GEO telecom satellites, from a blank paper to the in-orbit operation, and from a well-established company to a new start-up. He has successfully overseen more than 30 different spacecraft operating successfully in orbit and has unprecedented experience in troubleshooting management. He is continually motivated by a curiosity for new technologies and new challenges.

 
 Andrew Reibstein, Director of Production  Andrew has a background and education in Aerospace Engineering. He spent six years at Spaceflight Industries, starting as a Systems Engineer, and eventually becoming the company's first Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) Engineer. He developed all the AIT processes and built the AIT team. Andrew also led the production of the Pathfinder satellites, beginning with Pathfinder-1, which was launched in September 2016 aboard the PSLV-C35.  At LeoStella, he is tasked with developing the production line to support high-rate manufacturing of our satellites. Andrew is inspired by the opportunity to create one of the first large-scale small satellite manufacturing organizations.

Andrew Reibstein, Director of Production

Andrew has a background and education in Aerospace Engineering. He spent six years at Spaceflight Industries, starting as a Systems Engineer, and eventually becoming the company's first Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) Engineer. He developed all the AIT processes and built the AIT team. Andrew also led the production of the Pathfinder satellites, beginning with Pathfinder-1, which was launched in September 2016 aboard the PSLV-C35.

At LeoStella, he is tasked with developing the production line to support high-rate manufacturing of our satellites. Andrew is inspired by the opportunity to create one of the first large-scale small satellite manufacturing organizations.

 Paul Nitsch, Director of Engineering  Paul Nitsch has 12+ years’ experience in commercial satellite design, test, and production. With expertise in structural analysis, structural design, and systems engineering, he has contributed to numerous missions in both technical and engineering leadership roles. Paul enjoys building and leading efficient technical teams focused on rapid development of highly complex systems. At LeoStella, he leads the engineering team that is working to design cutting-edge, next generation small satellites.

Paul Nitsch, Director of Engineering

Paul Nitsch has 12+ years’ experience in commercial satellite design, test, and production. With expertise in structural analysis, structural design, and systems engineering, he has contributed to numerous missions in both technical and engineering leadership roles. Paul enjoys building and leading efficient technical teams focused on rapid development of highly complex systems. At LeoStella, he leads the engineering team that is working to design cutting-edge, next generation small satellites.