Making Leaders: Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX and 2018 Inductee to the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame
In a two-part conversation with SSPI Executive Director Robert Bell, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO, talks about her early years, her first role in managing people and the leadership lessons she has learned, how she hires and what she has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.
As VP of business development, Gwynne led the effort to build the Falcon vehicle manifest to over 50 launches representing $5 billion in revenue including commercial resupply services for delivery of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station. She became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2008, and assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations and for managing the customer and strategic relationships that support company growth. Under her leadership, SpaceX's backlog has grown to more than $7 billion worth of launches while achieving a set of remarkable milestones. Gwynne was inducted into the SSPI Hall of Fame on March 13, 2018.