Virgin Galactic names its first CFO and first pilot

Virgin Galactic names its first CFO and first pilotVirgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceflight firm owned by Sir Richard Branson and his partners, has announced the appointment of Kenneth H. Sunshine as its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Sunshine, who will shoulder the responsibility of the spaceflight firm’s financial strategy, previously served MDA Information Systems as CFO. He has also served at the National Institute of Aerospace, Orbital Science Corporation, Draper Laboratories and Aurora Flight Sciences.

Mr. Kenneth holds an engineering degree from Tufts University, plus an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Speaking on Mr. Kenneth’s appointment, Virgin Galactic Chief Executive George Whitesides said, “We are delighted that Ken has agreed to join the company as our first Chief Financial Officer as we transition toward commercial operations.”

Virgin Galactic has named 53-year-old David Mackay, from Salisbury, as its first pilot to fly tourists into space.

The future home of Virgin Galactic in New Mexico is at an advanced stage of construction, and the company is already test flying its first spaceship.

Virgin Galactic is aiming to send the first batch of tourists to the sub-orbital space within two years. As many as 400 people have already booked their seats at a whopping cost of £125,000 per ticket.