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Will Whitehorn

Previously President of Virgin Galactic, Will Whitehorn pioneered the development and concept of commercial spaceflight. Will is now Chairman of Transport Systems Catapult, Speed Communications and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. He draws the distinction between invention and innovation – and argues that with the right incentives the private sector can create a whole new industrial revolution in space.

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Will Whitehorn Biography

Will Whitehorn is the former President of Virgin Galactic, a skilled and charismatic keynote speaker, and apart from various other non-exec roles, he has also been a guest lecturer at University College London in business innovation.

As President of Virgin Galactic, Will was at the hub of one of the most exciting business and technology ventures of the twenty first century - commercial space travel. He took the project from being the nascent dream of Will's boss, Sir Richard Branson, to a project with real spacecraft, test flights and a spaceport.

Will steered Virgin Galactic from concept to reality, convincing investors, overseeing technical plans, and moving to a position where daily flights to one hundred miles above the Earth's surface was a genuine possibility. Few can claim to be involved in such a breakthrough project.

Will also served as the Virgin Group's Brand Development...

Will Whitehorn is the former President of Virgin Galactic, a skilled and charismatic keynote speaker, and apart from various other non-exec roles, he has also been a guest lecturer at University College London in business innovation.

As President of Virgin Galactic, Will was at the hub of one of the most exciting business and technology ventures of the twenty first century - commercial space travel. He took the project from being the nascent dream of Will's boss, Sir Richard Branson, to a project with real spacecraft, test flights and a spaceport.

Will steered Virgin Galactic from concept to reality, convincing investors, overseeing technical plans, and moving to a position where daily flights to one hundred miles above the Earth's surface was a genuine possibility. Few can claim to be involved in such a breakthrough project.

Will also served as the Virgin Group's Brand Development & Corporate Affairs Director. He was seen as Branson's right-hand man, having closely worked with him for over twenty years.

Starting off as a search-and-rescue helicopter crewman in the North Sea, Will once had to pluck Richard out of danger after he became caught up in the Algerian civil war. Back on terra firma, he worked in a series of financial institutions, including a spell as Market Intelligence Officer at TSB Group.

Joining Virgin in his mid-twenties, the young Scot was enthused by Branson's approach. Will explains that Virgin can go almost anywhere, from cola to credit cards to space flight. Even if a particular new venture doesn't work out, the brand should remain undamaged.

Having handed over Virgin Galactic to a US-based President ready for its next phase, Will has returned to brands and communication. He is Chairman of respected brand and product group Loewy. He also sits on the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the government funding body for scientific research in the UK.

Will Was appointed as chair of the Transport Systems Catapult Board in 2014.

Speaking Topics

Will Whitehorn is the former President of Virgin Galactic, and a skilled and charismatic keynote speaker.

  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Product Design
  • Communication

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