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Sidus Space Names New Board Chair and COO 

By Rachel Jewett | September 28, 2023

      Left: Jared Novick. Right: Leonardo Riera

      Sidus Space announced two leadership appointments this week, elevating Leonardo Riera to chair of its board of directors, and Jared Novick to the role of COO. Both were already involved with Sidus, Riera was a director on the board, and Novick was senior vice president of strategy and special projects.

      Sidus founder and CEO Carol Craig had been serving as chair. The company said this change allows Craig to continue leading the company as it expands, to meet its primary goals and objectives.

      “[Leo] taking over as chair will give me the ability to increase my focus on the execution of our commercial development strategy to drive value for our shareholders,” Craig commented. “Additionally, I am excited to continue working with Jared as his promotion to COO will allow us to work hand-in-hand as we prepare for the five near-term launches of our LizzieSats.” 

      Riera has more than 35 years of experience in investment banking and fund management and has served as a consultant for McKinsey & Co, and as head of a mergers & acquisitions unit for Citicorp Investment Bank. 

      Novick led Sidus’ acquisition of Exo-Space. His past experience includes government work across the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense and NASA.