MOJAVE, Calif. — Scaled Composites announced big changes in its management today. Ben Diachun will replace Kevin Mickey as president, with Cory Bird being promoted to executive vice president and chief technology officer (CTO).
Scaled’s parent company, Northrop Grumman, has promoted Mickey to the position of vice president of advanced design effective on Nov. 2.
“Ben and Cory have been at the heart of Scaled for years, and I know the company is in great hands,” Mickey said in a press release. “This is a very exciting time for aerospace, and Ben and Cory are just the team to keep Scaled at the forefront of innovation.”
Mickey succeeded Doug Shane as president of Scaled Composites on Jan. 31, 2013. He began working at the company as a shop assistant 25 years ago.
“Kevin brings a demonstrated record of creating an environment for incredibly talented people to successfully and expeditiously execute and deliver solutions to extremely complex problems,” said Chris Hernandez, sector vice president, research, technology and advanced design, Northrop Grumman. “He will be a great leader for this team, as we tackle some of our nation’s toughest problems.”
In a press release, Northrop Grumman said Mickey “will be responsible for all aircraft advanced design activities within the Aerospace Systems sector, combining the best practices of Northrop Grumman and Scaled Composites to advance the company’s leadership position as a trusted and reliable provider of systems that protect the warfighter and the country.”
Diachum is a Stanford University graduate who has held a number of key positions since joining Scaled Composites in 2003. In 2014, Aviation Week named him as one of their top 40 under Forty.
“When I came to Scaled 12 years ago, it was my dream job, and it still is,” Diachun said. “As an industry, we have yet to fully realize the limits of what is possible in air and space travel. I am honored to continue Scaled’s legacy of innovative design, rapid prototype manufacturing, and experimental flight test to help move our knowledge of flight forward.”
Bird has been with Scaled for more than 30 years, working on SpaceShipOne, SpaceShipTwo, WhiteKnight, WhiteKnightTwo, Stratolaunch, Proteus, Triumph and many other programs.
“Bird’s commitment to designing solutions that offer the most efficient structural arrangements, manufacturing methods and overhead for specific program requirements has been instrumental to the success of Scaled Composites’ leadership in rapid prototyping and innovation,” the company said in a press release.