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VULCAN ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR STRATOLAUNCH

2/26/2014

VULCAN ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR STRATOLAUNCH

2/26/2014

SEATTLE – Feb. 26, 2014 – Vulcan Inc., the investment and project management company founded by Paul G. Allen, today announced that Charles Beames has joined Vulcan as the Executive Director of Stratolaunch, responsible for creating and executing the strategic plan to realize Paul Allen’s vision of revolutionizing space transportation.  Charles Beames has joined Vulcan as the Executive Director, Stratolaunch. Beames brings a unique combination of leadership and expertise in space and military systems, engineering, legislative affairs and business. Beames’ 30-year legacy in the Department of Defense includes the development and deployment of transformational airborne, ground- and space-based systems. In his new role, Beames will be responsible for creating and executing the strategic plan to realize Paul Allen’s vision of revolutionizing space transportation. He will provide overall technical leadership, project oversight and business development, all to ensure key milestones and program objectives are met.  

Prior to joining Vulcan, Beames was a member of the Senior Executive Service and last served as the Principal Director, Space and Intelligence to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, where he provided acquisition and technical oversight of a $90B space portfolio for the U.S. Department of Defense. In this role, his notable achievements include restructuring space launch acquisitions to ensure a more competitive and commercially viable industry and overseeing the acquisition restructuring of the Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation to ensure future operating ability.

“I’m excited to welcome Chuck to my executive leadership team,” said Paul Allen. “His experience and passion for space make him an invaluable asset, and he’ll play a key role in overseeing our progress in the next stage of development and the transition to full operations.”

“Stratolaunch is the next step in America’s drive for even more viable and flexible commercial space transportation and is positioned to transform orbital access with its innovative air-launch system,” said Beames. “I’m honored to join Vulcan at this critical moment and look forward to realizing Stratolaunch’s vision.”

A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with degrees in engineering mechanics and material science, Beames also holds a Master of Science in mechanical engineering (thermal design) from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science degree in national security strategy from the National War College. Early in his career, he was designated a National Academy of Engineering “Top 100 Young Engineers in the U.S.” and is a recipient of both the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Defense Superior Service Medal.

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