Firefly Aerospace, a provider of economical launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services and a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners, has named Bill Weber as the firm’s chief executive officer.

Bill Weber is a long-time aerospace and defense executive and previously served as the president, CEO and director of KeyW Corp., a provider of agile cyber operations and warfare, data analytics, and geospatial satellite payloads and sensors. Weber has experience leading multi-year transformations with a focus on growth, operational discipline, and M&A.

“Bill is a proven leader with an impressive record of helping companies successfully navigate change, making him the clear choice to lead Firefly during this transitional growth period,” said Peter Schumacher, partner at AE Industrial Partners, who served as interim CEO of the company. “His deep experience and strong relationships across many areas of the A&D landscape will be invaluable as Firefly transitions to full-rate production across its portfolio of products. On behalf of the Firefly and AEI teams, I welcome him to the Company.”