KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.
, June 17
/PRNewswire/ -- United Space Alliance
today announced the retirement of William W. "Bill" Pickavance
, Rear Admiral
USN (Ret), as Vice President for Launch and Recovery Systems and USA's
Site Executive, and the selection of Mark Nappi
, currently Functional Director
and Associate Program Manager (APM) for Ground Operations, as his replacement,
effective June 28
Pickavance will be retiring following a distinguished career spanning 40
years as a naval aviator, U.S. Navy carrier commanding officer and space
industry executive. He joined USA in July 2000 and since that time has been
responsible for the day-to-day operations of all USA Space Shuttle program
elements in Florida.
"Bill has served his country on land, air, sea and space, and we are
grateful for his leadership and service while at USA," said USA President and
Chief Executive Officer Dick Covey. "We wish him and his wife, Nancy, the very
As Vice President for Launch and Recovery Systems and the Florida Site
Executive, Nappi will report directly to the CEO and will also serve as USA's
lead for the development of new business opportunities in the Florida market.
Nappi has served in his current position as Functional Director and APM
for Ground Operations since June 2004 and has directed the integration of all
activities at the Kennedy Space Center required to process the Space Shuttle
from landing to launch. Prior to that, Nappi served as deputy APM for Ground
Operations, director of Launch Operations and director of Shuttle Engineering.
He began his career at KSC in 1985 with Lockheed Martin, and then transitioned
to USA as the director of Safety, Quality and Mission Assurance. He holds a
bachelor's degree in ocean engineering and a master's degree in management
science both from Florida Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of
the Lockheed Leadership Institute and the Boeing Strategic Leadership Seminar.
"Mark has proven himself to be an outstanding leader and operations
manager," Covey said. "His strong leadership will be essential as we safely
fly out the Space Shuttle program and transition to the next phase of human
Replacing Nappi as the Functional Director and APM for Ground Operations
will be USA's current Deputy APM for Ground Operations Patty Stratton.
Stratton has served as Deputy APM since July 2004. She previously served
as director of Orbiter Operations, as USA's director of launch operations and
as deputy director for the Program Office. Stratton began her aerospace career
in 1982 with USBI, maker of the Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters. In 1983, she
joined Lockheed Space Operations and held several management positions of
increasing responsibility before transitioning to USA. She holds a master's
degree in technical management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and
is a graduate of the Brookings Institute, the Boeing Leadership Center and the
Lockheed Martin Management Institute.
United Space Alliance is a world leader in space operations with extensive
experience in all aspects of the field. Headquartered in Houston, USA has
10,000 employees working in Texas, Florida and Alabama. Currently, USA is
applying its broad range of capabilities to NASA's Space Shuttle,
International Space Station and Constellation programs as well as to space
operations customers in the commercial and international space industry