Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Selection Committee, Space Florida
Board Unanimous In Decision
During a one-topic Board of Director's teleconference Thursday,
Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and the Space Florida Board of
Directors unanimously voted to name Frank DiBello as the permanent
President and CEO of Space Florida, the state's agency for
aerospace economic development.
"The space industry is critical to Florida's economy and as a
consequence deeply impacts the well-being of all citizens of
Florida," noted Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp who serves as Space
Florida Co-Chairman of the Board. "I am proud of the Board's
decision to pick Frank DiBello who has demonstrated his outstanding
leadership during his tenure as Interim President. Through his
leadership, we can continue to ensure Florida is the number one
place in the world for the aerospace industry by aggressively
attracting a diversity of space-related businesses that will
utilize and expand Florida's world-class aerospace workforce."
DiBello, who has served as the interim President of the
organization since Steve Kohler's resignation in May, was one of
more than 250 applicants for the position. The Selection Committee
was assisted by the internationally-respected search firm
"I am energized and grateful to the Lt. Governor, the selection
committee and to the Space Florida Board of Directors for choosing
me to lead Space Florida at such an important time for the State
and the industry," said Frank DiBello, President, Space Florida.
"Together with our mission partners - NASA and the Air Force, as
well as the commercial industry partners that over the past four
months have expressed enthusiastic interest in doing business in
Florida - we will work hard everyday to maintain and grow a robust
and healthy space industry in Florida."
The appointment of DiBello to the position will take affect