New leadership at ILS

International Launch Services has appointed Tiphaine Louradour, a former senior executive at United Launch Alliance, as its new president, replacing Kirk Pysher, who left the company several months ago.

Louradour had worked at United Launch Alliance for more than 13 years, most recently as president of global commercial sales within the company’s United Launch Services business, where she was responsible for sales of Atlas V and Vulcan Centaur launch services.

ILS’s previous president, Pysher, left the company in October 2019 after six years. The role of acting president was initially assumed by the company’s chief operational officer, John Palme. Palme left ILS earlier this year, as did chief financial officer Joseph Acheson.

ILS is based in Reston, Virginia, but owned by JSC Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, the Russian state-owned company that manufactures the Proton launch vehicle.

ILS received US State Department approval on March 11 to market launch services for Soyuz rockets. The company plans to work with GK Launch Services on this effort.

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