April 5, 2023

Slingshot Aerospace Hires Former Lockheed Martin Executive Leslie Hildebrand as Senior Vice President of Government Business Development & Strategy, and Pieter Kreuk as Chief Financial Officer

Hildebrand spearheaded Lockheed Martin’s Space Strategy and Business Development for Space Security; Pieter Kreuk led multiple technology companies through hypergrowth.

AUSTIN, TX / EL SEGUNDO, CA—April 5, 2023, Slingshot Aerospace, the innovative technology company dedicated to improving spaceflight safety and optimizing orbital operations, has announced two powerhouse additions to its executive team. Leslie Hildebrand, a seasoned leader with more than 23 years of expertise in strategic business development at Lockheed Martin, will join as Senior Vice President of Government Business Development and Strategy while Pieter Kreuk, a finance and operations guru who has successfully scaled hypergrowth companies like Pendo and AlphaSense, will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer.

"We are thrilled to welcome Leslie Hildebrand and Pieter Kreuk to our executive team at Slingshot Aerospace," said Melanie Stricklan, Co-founder and CEO of Slingshot Aerospace. "Their combined wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise in their respective fields will drive our continued growth and innovation as we endeavor on our mission of creating a safer, more connected world through the tenants of space sustainability. Leslie and Pieter are both world class leaders who share our passion for transforming the space industry and will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our company."

Leslie Hildebrand, Senior Vice President of Government Business Development and Strategy

Hildebrand, a distinguished Lockheed Martin veteran of 23 years, has carved an illustrious career marked by unparalleled achievements in business development, government affairs, and strategy. Hildebrand's legacy at Lockheed Martin includes leading the business development team for the space protection programs mission area. Her meteoric rise culminated in her role as Director of Strategy and Business Development for Space Security, where she spearheaded strategic growth initiatives for space control, space domain awareness, battle management command and control, and national security space system resiliency. Her unmatched achievements in these areas have been integral to ensuring the safety and security of space operations. Hildebrand joins Slingshot to continue making an impact in the dynamic and evolving space sector.

Pieter Kreuk, Chief Financial Officer

Kreuk is an expert in finance and operations, with an outstanding track record of scaling technology start-ups through periods of hypergrowth and building finance teams that promote simplicity and clarity to optimize decision-making throughout the business. As Senior Vice President of Finance at AlphaSense, Inc., the world’s leading AI-based market intelligence and search platform, he led the finance and operations teams, building a world class infrastructure that laid the foundation for entry into multiple new markets and 5x revenue growth. Most recently, as Vice President of Finance at Pendo, a multi-billion-dollar market-leading product analytics company, Kreuk matured the finance function to prepare for IPO, built a roadmap to profitability and supported a transition upmarket as the company continued to maintain exceptional revenue growth rates at scale.

Both Hildebrand and Kreuk will report to Slingshot’s CEO, Melanie Stricklan, who recently won Via Satellite’s 2022 Satellite Executive of the Year Award and was appointed by Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris to the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group.


About Slingshot Aerospace

Slingshot Aerospace is transforming the space industry with its suite of cutting-edge data, simulation, and analytics products for commercial, civil, and defense organizations worldwide. With its game-changing technologies like the Slingshot Global Sensor Network, Seradata Launch and Satellite Database, and the revolutionary Slingshot Beacon, customers make confident decisions and achieve unparalleled clarity in the complexity of the space operating domain. Since its founding in 2017, Slingshot Aerospace has been committed to accelerating space sustainability and optimizing spaceflight operations for a safer and more connected world.

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