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10/23/2015 | 2 MINUTE READ

Northrop Grumman makes personnel changes at Scaled Composites

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Kevin Mickey, formerly president of Scaled Composites, moves to Northrop Grumman. Ben Diachun is named president of Scaled Composites; Cory Bird is named executive vice president and CTO.

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Northrop Grumman Corp. (Falls Church, VA, US) reported on Oct. 22 that it has named Kevin Mickey vice president, advanced design, effective Nov. 2, 2015. Mickey will join the company’s research, technology and advanced design group. Most recently, Mickey served as president of Scaled Composites, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary.

“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,” says 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 his new role, 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.

Meanwhile, at Scaled Composites (Mojave, CA, US), Ben Diachun has been named president (replacing Mickey), and Cory Bird executive vice president and chief technology officer, effective Oct. 31.

“Ben and Cory have been at the heart of Scaled for years, and I know the company is in great hands,” says Mickey. “This is a very exciting time for aerospace, and Ben and Cory are just the team to keep Scaled at the forefront of innovation.”

Since joining the Scaled team in 2003, Diachun has held key engineering design, test, and leadership roles on a variety of projects, helping take nine new aircraft types from concept to first flight. Diachun has served as project engineer, flight test engineer, chase pilot, business development manager and director of engineering. In his most recent role as vice president of engineering, Diachun oversaw flight operations, engineering, quality assurance and new business proposals. Diachun holds a master of science in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University, and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

With more than 30 years at Scaled Composites, Bird has held several positions, starting as a composite technician on the Scarab Model 324 high-performance reconnaissance unmanned aircraft in 1985. Over the course of his career, Bird has held increasing roles directly supporting the design, development and execution of more than 37 prototype vehicles, ranging from space to air to sea, including SpaceShipOne, SpaceShipTwo, WhiteKnight, WhiteKnightTwo, Stratolaunch, Proteus, Triumph and many others. Bird has also designed, manufactured, and flight tested his own experimental N241ST Symmetry aircraft.


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