March 23, 2023 at 10:24 AM EDT
The space data company building a constellation of hyperspectral earth imaging satellites and analytical tools lands veteran leader to drive strategic direction and growth in the US through top executive search firm
Benchmark Executive Search, an award-winning search firm, announced today the placement of Skip Maselli as Vice President of Public Sector, USA for Pixxel, a space data company building a constellation of the world’s highest-resolution hyperspectral earth imaging satellites.
At Pixxel, Skip will be responsible for the organization’s continued growth in the US market and will develop and execute a comprehensive strategy focused on accelerated organic and inorganic growth. The position reports to Aakash Parekh, Chief Commercial Officer, Pixxel.
Based in the US with an Indian subsidiary, Pixxel is building the world’s first commercial satellite imaging and advanced data analytics capabilities. The constellation is designed to provide global coverage every 24 hours and help detect, monitor, and predict global phenomena. Pixxel’s data will service use cases across Climate Change, Agriculture, Environmental/Social/Governance, Public Sector, and Energy at a global scale.
To fill the key role of Vice President, Public Sector, based in the Washington DC area, Pixxel trusted that Benchmark’s deep industry experience, reputation and proven track record of success would result in recruiting a high-impact executive.
“Benchmark has a niche in finding the right executives that can bring disruptive technologies into the U.S. public sector. That is why is why we decided to partner with them. The entire team at Benchmark is committed and energetic and Skip has just the right experience to build out our public sector business in the U.S. He is a great culture fit for Pixxel,” said Aakash Parekh, Chief Commercial Officer at Pixxel.
For over 35 years, Skip has worked as a technologist and business leader within the commercial, defense and intelligence communities at leading companies such as Leidos, Maxar and Raytheon. Skip has managed a variety of programs developing and employing commercial space and airborne multispectral, imaging spectroscopy, and synthetic aperture radar technologies to support objectives in environmental monitoring and mitigation, natural resource assessments, land use measurements, and national security missions. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Monitoring and Digital Analytic Photogrammetry from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Philosophy from Dickinson College.
“Skip Maselli brings a distinguished track record and reputation of leadership coupled with deep national security experience and mission expertise to Pixxel. We look forward to following his progress and finding ways to add additional value,” said Benchmark President Jeremy King.
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Pixxel is a space data company building a constellation of the world’s highest-resolution hyperspectral earth imaging satellites and the analytical tools to mine insights from the data. The constellation will aim to provide global coverage every 24 hours and help detect, monitor, and predict global phenomena across agriculture, mining, environment and energy use cases. Co-founded by then-20-year-olds Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal, the space tech startup aims to build a health monitor for the planet by 2024. Pixxel has worked with notable organizations such as the Indian Space Research Organization, NASA JPL, and SpaceX amongst other space stalwarts. The organization is backed by Lightspeed, Radical Ventures, Relativity’s Jordan Noone, Seraphim Capital, Ryan Johnson, Blume Ventures, Sparta LLC and Accenture among others. For more information visit www.pixxel.space or follow Pixxel on Twitter and LinkedIn.