Vice President, National Security Space
Space Warfighting Industry Forum (SWIF)
Chris Shank joined Maxar as the Vice President of Civil and National Security Space in September 2019. As part of the Global Field Operations team, Chris manages accounts and service delivery as well as business development across Maxar’s national security customer base.
Chris previously held various leadership roles in the military, U.S. government and commercial industry for almost 30 years. Before joining Maxar, Chris was the Director of the Strategic Capabilities Office at the U.S. Department of Defense. In this role, he led the development of new and innovative ways to shape and counter emerging threats, bringing unexpected and game-changing capabilities to the Joint Force.
Chris has also held leadership roles at Van Scoyoc Associates, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Honeywell Aerospace, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA. He served as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years and holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.