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Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of SpaceX, oversees daily operations and manages customer and strategic relations to foster company growth. Joining SpaceX in 2002 as vice president of Business Development, she has since built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to over 70 launches, equating to more than $10 billion in business, and serves on the company's board of directors. Prior to SpaceX, Shotwell spent a decade at the Aerospace Corporation, where she held roles in space systems engineering, technology, and project management, eventually becoming chief engineer of an MLV-class satellite program.
In addition to her work at SpaceX, Shotwell has held various leadership positions and received numerous accolades. She was appointed to the US Export-Import Bank's Advisory Committee and the FAA Management Advisory Council in 2014. Shotwell's accomplishments include managing a landmark FAA study on commercial space transportation, conducting extensive space policy analysis for NASA, and serving as director of Microcosm's Space Systems Division. She has been awarded the World Technology Award for Individual Achievement in Space, inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, and elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.