MOJAVE, Calif. (Virgin Galactic PR) — Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (“VG” or “the Company”), the world’s first commercial space line and vertically integrated aerospace company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Kley as its new General Counsel, Secretary, and Executive Vice President of Legal.
Michelle is a highly experienced legal professional, who previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, and Secretary of Maxar Technologies Inc. Before joining Maxar, Michelle worked as a Corporate Associate for several law firms in San Francisco, including Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C. and Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Michelle is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) with a J.D. degree and from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
Commenting on the new appointment, George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic’s CEO said:
“Michelle has a proven track record of leading legal teams and brings a wealth of experience to our team. She will help support our ambitions as a publicly listed company. Her breadth of knowledge in the space industry will be key in supporting Virgin Galactic’s business units and senior leadership team. The Board and I are delighted that we are able to welcome Michelle to our business”.
Michelle Kley, General Counsel, Secretary, and Executive Vice President of Legal commented:
“Virgin Galactic is on the verge of providing the space experience to many people and has the potential to transform the way we perceive the opportunity space exploration provides. I am honored to join the company at this exciting time. I’m delighted to be joining such a talented team as Virgin Galactic begins its journey as a publicly listed company.’’
About Virgin Galactic Holdings
Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. is a vertically-integrated aerospace company pioneering human spaceflight for private individuals and researchers. It believes the commercial exploration of space represents one of the most exciting and significant technology initiatives of our time. It is embarking on this commercial exploration journey with a mission to put humans into space and return them safely to earth on a routine, consistent and affordable basis. Using its proprietary and reusable technologies, and supported by a distinctive, Virgin-branded customer experience, it is developing a spaceflight system designed to offer customers a unique, multi-day experience culminating in a spaceflight that includes several minutes of weightlessness and views of Earth from space. It is in the final stages of development, having already completed multiple crewed flights of its vehicle into space, and anticipates initial commercial launch in 2020.