Personnel File (10-24-2016)

William Wade. Credit: AsiaSat

William Wade. Credit: AsiaSat

William Wade is stepping down Nov. 1 as president and CEO of AsiaSat, but will continue to serve as a senior adviser to the Hong Kong-based company through March 2017. Wade will be replaced by Andrew Jordan, who previously worked as a marketing manager for AsiaSat in the 1990s and has worked for several other satellite operators.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory appointed two veteran employees to the Pasadena, California-based lab’s executive council. Dave Gallagher is now associate director for strategy, technology and formulation, and Richard Cook has been named associate director for flight projects and mission success.

Gallagher previously served as director and deputy director for astronomy, physics, and space technology, and before that, he managed JPL’s Advanced Optical Systems Program Office. He was integration and test manager for the WFPC-2 instrument, which corrected the blurre dvision of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

Cook had served as JPL’s deputy director for solar system exploration since 2013. Before that, he held several leadership positions at JPL in the Mars Exploration Program.

Tom Pirrone joined Tucson, Arizona-based World View as senior vice president of Stratollite applications. Pirrone, a veteran of Universal Space Network and Swedish Space Corp., will be responsible for ensuring World View’s Stratollite high-altitude balloon meets the needs of commercial, government and commercial customers seeking alternatives to geostationary satellites and drones for persistent, high-altitude coverage over areas of interest.

McBee Strategic officially re-branded as Signal Group earlier this month. The Washington-based strategic communications and lobbying shop, which counts Planet, Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace among its aerospace clients, said the new name reflects its intent “to reach beyond the traditional businesses of advocacy, communications, and public affairs.” Credit: Signal Group

McBee Strategic officially re-branded as Signal Group earlier this month. The Washington-based strategic communications and lobbying shop, which counts Planet, Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace among its aerospace clients, said the new name reflects its intent “to reach beyond the traditional businesses of advocacy, communications, and public affairs.” Credit: Signal Group