Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Chair of the Space Florida Board of
Directors, conducted a Special Board of Directors Meeting via
teleconference to nominate and vote on an interim president to
serve at Space Florida. With a quorum present, the Board
unanimously approved Frank DiBello to serve in this capacity while
a permanent president is identified.
"In addition to immediately continuing the important work of
Space Florida," said Lt. Governor Kottkamp, "Frank's immediate work
will include the development and execution of programs designed to
retain, grow and expand business in Florida, as well as a workforce
retention program specific to Florida's highly-skilled aerospace
The process to search for a permanent replacement was also
discussed and will be further developed at the Space Florida
Executive Committee meeting May 26, 2009 and presented to the full
Board of Directors for discussion and vote on June 24, 2009.
Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida's position as
the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration
and commerce. As Florida's aerospace development organization, it
is committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of
space industry businesses.