Peter Cannito

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Chairman and CEO


Redwire Space

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Peter Cannito has over 25 years of experience in the defense, technology and government services industries. As the Chairman and CEO of Redwire, he formed the company, set the vision and currently provides the strategic direction to build a high growth, premier Space Infrastructure business. Prior to his current role, he served as the CEO of Polaris Alpha, a high-tech solutions provider developing systems for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, with specialized experience in Space, Cyber and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Pete was responsible for 1,400 employees across 19 locations and 1 in the UK, including numerous classified facilities. Under Pete’s leadership, Polaris Alpha’s revenues tripled in size in two years, and the company acquired and integrated five high-tech add-ons. Pete previously held executive roles, including CEO and COO, at EOIR Technologies, an advanced C4ISR solutions provider. Earlier in his career, he led a team of software and systems engineers at Booz Allen Hamilton focused on critical defense and intelligence programs. Before that, he started a company focused on enterprise mobile computing. He is an operating partner with AEI Industrial, a Private Equity investor with over $3B in assets under management and currently serves as Chairman of Gryphon Technologies and board member for Columbia Helicopters and American Pacific. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Delaware, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.


09:45 / 10:30


Space Business Investment Outlook: Navigating Geopolitical Trends


Robust capital liquidity, post-pandemic recovery, supply-chain issues and regional conflict that prevailed at the start of the year have collided with more recent trends of turmoil in equity and debt markets, galloping inflation and interest rate rises, and tumbling valuations. These countervailing events have both boosted and buffeted the space business and have catalyzed a new order in space investment. This session will evaluate current investment trends and performance of private and public capital markets and will test perceptions for future growth of new and established space and satellite companies.

25th Anniversary

World Satellite Business Week

September 12-16, 2022
The Westin Paris – Vendôme

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