- Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 - Gov.
John Hickenlooper announced today the appointment of Mark Sirangelo,
head of Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems, as the Chairman of the
Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and as the state's new Chief
Innovation Officer. He will begin work Aug. 30.
experience in aerospace, a heavily innovative and important industry in
Colorado, will serve him well as he leads the state's efforts to
increase our innovative competitiveness," Hickenlooper said.
"He is a well respected business executive and understands the necessity of collaboration in building this type of ecosystem. We are
proud he is joining our team."
will oversee COIN, which was created to provide a road map for making
Colorado the best state for innovation. The initiative is promoting a
business environment that supports innovative practices through
collaboration among government, business and civil society, with the
ultimate goal of job creation and growth of the Colorado economy.
is a great opportunity for us to advance Colorado through innovation
and new ideas. Coming from the private sector, I am grateful to be able
to volunteer to help serve the people of Colorado in this
capacity," Sirangelo said. "I look forward to continuing the
work with the other members of the COIN board and our state leadership
to enable a brighter future for Colorado."
will replace Colorado State University's College of Business Dean Ajay
Menon, whose term expires today. Menon, who joined the Governor's
Cabinet in September 2012, laid the foundation for the mission of
making Colorado the most innovative state in the nation.
Sirangelo is the head of Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems
(SNC), a producer of satellites, space transportation systems and
advanced electronics. During its 25-year history, SNC Space Systems has
been engaged in more than 400 space missions ranging from earth orbit
to planetary missions including the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity.
Under a public-private partnership with NASA, SNC is currently
developing Dream Chaser ®, an orbital space plane designed as a cost
effective replacement for the Space Shuttle. SNC has been named as one
of the top five companies to work for in the Denver area by the Denver
a proud Colorado resident, Sirangelo is a champion for advancing
innovation in Colorado through his participation as a founding member
of the Colorado Innovation Network and through his co-chairmanship of Colorado
Competes, a statewide initiative to advance the State in key
sectors such as bioscience,renewable energy and aerospace. He is also
the founder and current Chairman of eSpace, The Center for Space
Entrepreneurship, a Colorado-based non-profit which targets the
development of science, education, jobs, and technology start-ups.
is a well-known technologist and business leader with corporate and
personal recognitions including being named to Defense Industry's Fast
Track 50, Deloitte's Fast Track 500, Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur
of the Year, Inc. Magazine's top 200 companies and the Space
Foundation's Technology Hall of Fame. Apart from industry, he also
serves as a board member and trustee of the National Center for Missing
& Exploited Children and is a founder, Vice Chairman and Treasurer
of the International Centre for Children.
the Colorado Innovation Network
Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) was launched by Gov. John
Hickenlooper with the mission to make Colorado the most innovative
state in the nation and is a public-private partnership housed in the
Colorado Office of Economic Development. COIN acts as a convener for
leaders in our innovation ecosystem. To learn more about COIN, visit www.coloradoinnovationnetwork.com.