Space Florida, the state’s aerospace finance and development authority, held a special Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, April 11, to announce a nationwide search process for a new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The meeting, led by Space Florida Board of Directors Chair Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, set Monday, May 1 as the deadline to accept applications. Space Florida’s current President and CEO, Frank DiBello, recently announced his retirement, effective June 30.

The search for a new President and CEO is being led by Chair Nuñez, Department of Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue, and Space Florida Board Members Sonya Deen-Hartley, Rodney Cruise, and Mori Hosseini.

The search committee begins its work during a time when the commercial space industry is growing and expanding by the day. Since 2007, Space Florida alone had a $5.9 billion economic impact on the state and, beginning in 2023, Space Florida projects to have a $1.1 billion annual economic impact.

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