Will Whitehorn

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External appointments: Speed Communications (Chairman), Scottish Exhibition Centre Limited (Chairman), ILN Group (Non-Executive Director). Member of the First Minister of Scotland's 'GlobalScot' Business mentoring network and member of Writtle Holdings Limited Advisory Board. Member of the Science Technology Facilities Council ('STFC') and Chair of the Economic Impact Advisory Board of STFC and Non- Executive Director of STFC Innovations Limited. Transport Systems Catapult Limited (Chairman), Vice-President and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Previous experience: Former President of Virgin Galactic and Brand Development and Corporate Affairs Director at Virgin Group. Former Non-Executive Chairman of Next Fifteen Communications Group plc. [1]

"Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galactic since the formation of the company in 2004, is to retire from that role in January 2011. George Whitesides , who was appointed as the first full time CEO in May 2010, assumes the title of President and CEO.

"Whitehorn has worked for Virgin Group since 1987 in corporate affairs, brand development and investment related roles. In 2007 he went part time to follow other business interests, but took on responsibility for leading Virgin Galactic through its design and investment phase. The investment round, fully funding the company through launch of commercial operations, was successfully concluded with Aabar Investments. Both the company’s SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo vehicles are now undergoing flight test...

"Will is retiring from Virgin Galactic to concentrate on other business interests. He is currently Chairman of Next Fifteen Communications and Loewy Group Ltd. In addition he sits on the boards of the SECC in Glasgow and ILN Group in London . He is a member of the British Government’s Science and Technology Facilities Council and The Space Leadership Council. In December 2010 he is also being awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Space Medal for his services to the industry."[2]

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  1. Stagecoach Group Board, organizational web page, accessed December 7, 2014.
  2. WILL WHITEHORN TO RETIRE AS PRESIDENT OF VIRGIN GALACTIC, Virgin Galactic, accessed November 29, 2011.