Ibadan, 10 January, 2024. – Orbex has announced the appointment of two technology and space sector experts as its new CEO and Executive Chair. Scale-up expert Phillip Chambers will consequently be joining Orbex as its new Chief Executive Officer, and Miguel Belló Mora will be leaving his post as Director General of the Spanish Space Agency to join as Executive Chair.
Chambers joins Orbex with more than two decades of experience in building innovative companies and scaling technology platforms for different European start-ups, including Gumtree, Peakon (acquired by Workday), and Qype (acquired by Yelp). Chambers has already been part of the Orbex journey, becoming an investor in the firm’s Series C funding round, during which the company raised £40.4 million.
Likewise, Belló Mora most recently held the role of Director General of the Spanish Space Agency and Commissioner for the Aerospace Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE). In this position, he oversaw a €4.5 billion program for the Spanish aerospace sector. This followed a career in leadership positions, including Founder and CEO of DEIMOS space group and CEO of the Atlantic International Research Center.
Speaking on his appointment as CEO, Chambers said, “As we progress towards the completion of the Sutherland Spaceport and our continuing work towards our first launch, we’re about to embark on an incredible journey. Orbex’s work is pivotal in making the UK a hub for European orbital launch, and I am looking forward to focusing all my energy on driving Orbex towards the next phase of growth”
In the same vein, the new Executive Chair, Belló Mora, commented, “Orbex’s ambition to continually drive the industry forward in both technology and green innovation, is unique for the business, and I am happy to be able to help shape this.”