“If you looked at the skyline of New York in the 1800s, it was pretty flat. When the elevator came along, it enabled real estate to grow vertically. And what I see, long-term, is space doing the same thing to our economy."
Board of Directors
Vector’s Board of Directors help guide our vision an shape our future. Filled with industry veterans who have been involved with some of the most innovative companies in the aerospace industry, as well as strong leadership in business acquisitions, debt financing and other complex transactions make this team one well-qualified to lead Vector to rapid growth.
Co-Founder and CEO
Jim Cantrell is a well-known entrepreneur and expert in space systems and has 30 years of experience in the aerospace and high technology industries. Jim was part of the SpaceX founding team and served as the company’s first Vice President of Business Development. Jim founded two other successful aerospace and automotive engineering companies and has held CEO positions in aerospace and biometric software companies. Jim also played key roles in the development of Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella) and has had developmental roles in numerous venture funded space efforts including Rocket Lab, Planet, Black Sky and Spaceflight.
Co-Founder and President, Launch Services
John is a 30 year space veteran who was deeply involved with the early development of SpaceX, has developed launch vehicles and launch operations for the McDonnell Douglas Delta III and Delta IV, the DCX-A single stage to orbit vehicle for BMDO, Sea Launch and micro satellite launch vehicles for Garvey Spacecraft Corporation. John has extensive experience in the development of propulsion systems and launch vehicles and has worked with AFRL, DARPA, NASA and numerous commercial space enterprises.
Shaun B. Coleman
Co-Founder, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer & SVP/GM GalacticSky
Shaun Coleman is a Vector board member and Vector’s first investor. He is spearheading the GalacticSky division as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Space Data Systems, he also leads marketing strategies as Vector’s Chief Marketing Officer. As an experienced entrepreneur and investor having founded 4 startup companies, Shaun brings more than 25 years of enterprise software, virtualization, computer networking, information security and marketing expertise into the role. Prior to Vector, Shaun held executive leadership positions at RSA Security, VMware, Citrix, Lawrence Livermore & Sandia National Laboratories. He leads a team of seasoned developers in the Silicon Valley who will build the next generation of software-based space systems. Shaun holds 19 issued US Patents in the areas of cryptography, computer security, virtualization and satellite technology.
Founder’s Coach and Partner at Sequoia Capital
Bill Coughran is a technologist specializing in large-scale computing and networking system who helps create and guide the development of numerous distributed systems, IP security projects, and applications of modeling and formal verification methods as well as converged (voice/data) network software, access, and switching products. More recently, Bill has contributed to large-scale web service systems and products as well as client software. Bill is an investor in and coach for developing companies.
Former Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation
James F. Palmer is the former corporate vice president and chief financial officer of the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), a global security company and provider of products, systems and solutions in the fields of aerospace, electronics, autonomous systems and technical services, headquartered in Falls Church, Va. For the eight years prior to his retirement in 2015, Palmer served as corporate vice president and was responsible for Northrop Grumman’s overall business management function, which included controller, treasury, contracts and pricing, financial planning, tax, internal audit, investor relations and pension investments.
Palmer’s 45+ year career in finance also includes positions as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Visteon Corporation in Detroit; senior vice president and president of Boeing Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company in Seattle; and senior vice president and chief financial officer of McDonnell Douglas Corporation in St. Louis.
Operating Partner at Kodem Growth Partners and Senior Advisor at Perella Weinberg Partners
Phil Friedman has been involved in the Aerospace and Defense Industry for over 35 years in a number of different capacities. He was a sell-side analyst at Morgan Stanley, a portfolio manager and Chief Investment Officer of two buy-side institutional asset management firms, an investment banker at Perella Weinberg and the founder of a satellite company. He is currently an Operating Partner at Kodem Growth Partners, which is an investment and commercialization firm organized to scale technology-enabled businesses with capital and access to decision makers globally in the public and private sectors. Phil is also a Senior Advisor at Perella Weinberg Partners.