The Aerospace Corporation Announces General Managers in Leadership Transitions

El Segundo, Calif. (May 13, 2014) – The Aerospace Corporation has announced new leadership transitions within three of its business divisions: MilSatCom Division, Systems Engineering Division, and Space-Based Surveillance Division.

General manager Scott Gustafson will move from SBSD to general manager of the MilSatCom Division, a position previously held by Dr. Malina Hills. Russ Averill, general manager of the SED, will become the general manager for SBSD. Kevin Bell, associate general manager of SED, will take on additional responsibilities in his new role as general manager. The leadership transitions take effect when Hills assumes her new position as vice president of Space Program Operations on July 1.

“These moves result from the corporate succession planning process and our efforts to match our leaders with new opportunities where they can excel and bring top-notch thinking to our customers’ issues,” said Dr. Dave Gorney, senior vice president for Space Systems Group. “Aerospace continues to focus on delivering 100 percent mission success to our customers.”

Dr. Rami Razouk, senior vice president, Engineering and Technology Group, highlighted the moves as a great example of having a corporate structure that allows talent to move between the Aerospace engineering support matrix and program offices, as well as between locations, all to the ultimate benefit the customers. “This is how Aerospace maintains it vibrant technical advisor role in national security space and other programs of national significance,” he said.

Gustafson has been general manager of SBSD since May 2008. He joined Aerospace in 1987 as a member of the technical staff in the Fluid Mechanics Department and rose through a series of management positions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and holds a master’s degree in the same discipline from Stanford University.

Averill has been general manager of SED since July 2011. He joined the company in 1996 as a member of the technical staff in the Plans and Analysis Office. A year later, he transferred to Directorate L and was promoted to senior project leader. He later held management positions in Directorate L and SED. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Bell, who has been associate general manager of SED since last October, joined Aerospace in 1992 as an MTS in the Vehicle Systems Division. He later worked in Albuquerque and Washington, D.C.-area offices in positions of increasing responsibility. He has bachelor’s degrees in both mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Stanford University.

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has almost 3,500 employees. It provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers to assure space mission success. The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with multiple locations across the United States.


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