Ibadan, 22 January 2024. – Scout Space Inc. has announced long-time aerospace and defence executive Philip Hover-Smoot as the company’s Chief Executive Officer as of January 12, 2024. He will consequently be succeeding Co-founder and CEO Eric Ingram, who will now be taking on the roles of Chairman of the Board and Chief Strategy Officer.
As the Chief Executive Officer, Hover-Smoot will uphold Scout’s mission of ensuring security in space operations with cost-effective plug-and-play vision systems that enhance customer missions and enable satellite autonomy. Furthermore, He plans to continue to cultivate collaboration between Government and commercial customers and expedite both technical progress and technical hiring in the near term.
In making the announcement, Ingram said, “We’re happy to have someone of Philip’s caliber at Scout as our CEO. We’ve experienced unprecedented growth over the last year, assembled an incredible team, and demonstrated our ability to capture meaningful business within our core national security customer base.” Ingram continues, “We’re now well-positioned with Philip’s leadership to accelerate growth and transition Scout from an R&D business into a business with real deliverables for both Government and commercial customers.”
Likewise, the new CEO added, “Not only has the team managed extraordinary growth over the last few years, but Scout also built an amazing corporate culture, which has been key to its ongoing success. I’m looking forward to supporting that culture and collaborating with the team at this critical juncture to lead the company through a much anticipated and accelerated growth period.”
Previous to Scout, Hover-Smoot served as the General Counsel at Spaceflight Inc., and prior to that, he held the roles of Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Momentus Inc.