MOJAVE, California (May 15, 2012) – Mojave Air & Space Port, the world’s premiere civilian flight test center, announced the appointment of Karina Drees to Director of Business Development. In the newly formed role, Drees will provide strategic direction for economic development and marketing initiatives, while working on tenant expansion and retention.
Drees brings more than 12 years of experience in strategy and business development. She has held management positions for growing technology companies ranging in size from startups to large public companies. Most recently, she was a member of the strategy and positioning team for SRA International, a large defense contractor in Fairfax, VA.
“Karina will be a great addition to the our leadership team,” said Stuart Witt, CEO. “She is an accomplished business development executive with a genuine passion for the unique activities that go on here in Mojave. She will be a strong asset as we expand our aerospace business.
Drees has a BS from Arizona State University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she ran the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. Following MIT, Drees attended the International Space University’s Summer Session Program in Beijing, China. She is a board member of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and a judge for the MIT Global Challenge. In addition to her entrepreneurial activities, Drees serves as an SBIR proposal reviewer and panelist for the National Science Foundation.
In 2007, Witt and Drees collaborated to develop an “access to space” action plan for commercial operations of the next generation of space transportation vehicles from Mojave.
About Mojave Air & Space Port
The world’s premiere civilian flight test center is operated by the East Kern Airport District. Strategically located 90 miles north of Los Angeles in Kern County, California, America’s first inland spaceport is home to a growing number of companies engaged in aerospace and high technology research and development.
Editor’s Note: During the East Kern Airport District Board of Director’s meeting this afternoon, Witt said Drees would be joining the staff on July 1. Her job will include providing value-added services to the spaceport’s current tenants, including the placement of interns. Witt said he goal is to have 40 interns working for tenants at the airport by this time next year.