Aerojet Rocketdyne has named Jim Maser as the company's Senior Vice President of the Space Business Unit, effective August 13 — Jim will be reporting directly to CEO and President Eileen Drake.
In this role, Maser will oversee all NASA programs, defense and commercial launch systems, advanced space and launch strategy programs, and in-space propulsion system programs supported by sites throughout the country. He will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles facility in Canoga Park, California.
Maser brings more than 32 years of global aerospace experience spanning entrepreneurial space launch and human spaceflight as well as commercial and military jet engines. He previously served as president of James G. Advisors, LLC, a strategy, leadership and technical execution consulting firm. Prior to that, Maser held a number of roles within Pratt & Whitney between 2006 and 2017, including vice president of the F135 engine program and president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, where he was responsible for the design, manufacture and performance of power and propulsion systems across numerous platforms.
Prior to Pratt & Whitney, Maser served in several other high-profile roles, including president and general manager at Boeing-led Sea Launch company as well as the President and COO at SpaceX. Maser is the immediate past President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and currently serves on the association’s board of trustees.
Eileen Drake said that Jim’s incredible breadth of expertise in the industry includes leadership for commercial and traditional space companies and provides a unique perspective as the company continues driving innovation and proven reliability into the firm's expanding space portfolio. Because Jim previously served as President of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne for more than six years, he also brings with him familiarity with the company's products, customers and world-class workforce.