SpaceX vice president of build and flight reliability Hans Koenigsmann (left), former NASA director of human spaceflight William “Bill” Gerstenmaier (right).
SpaceX vice president of build and flight reliability Hans Koenigsmann is retiring, CNBC has learned, and has begun transitioning his role to William “Bill” Gerstenmaier, the former NASA official that joined the company a year ago.
Koenigsmann said he had been contemplating retirement and believes it is the right time to hand over the reins to Gerstenmaier, according to memo in late January to SpaceX employees that was seen by CNBC.
SpaceX did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Koenigsmann, a German-born aerospace…