El Gardner named Aperio Global VP of space operations

On May 10, Aperio Global announced the appointment of Retired Colonel Elvert “El” Gardner as its vice president of space operations. According to the company, this decision accentuates Aperio Global’s commitment to further enhancing its focus in the space strategy and security domains, which are pivotal to the national interest.

Colonel Gardner joins Aperio Global after a distinguished career in both the United States Air Force and the U.S. Space Force, where he has been at the forefront of advancing the nation’s space strategy and dominance. His military service is marked by leadership responsibilities in critical roles, including director of space strategy and policy for the U.S. Space Force and other senior positions throughout the Department of Defense. His work has been integral in developing the U.S. Space Force Commercial Space Strategy and other institutional policies that shape the United States’ space capabilities.

In his new role, Colonel Gardner will focus on expanding Aperio Global’s influence in the space sector, driving innovation and strategic alignment with broader national security objectives. His vision includes integrating advanced space technologies into Aperio’s solutions portfolio and leading the development of next-generation space systems.

“Colonel Gardner’s track record of leadership and his extensive experience in space operations are superior. He is exceptionally qualified to lead our strategic initiatives in space operations.  This will enhance our current offerings and further extend our market reach,” said Earl Stafford,  Aperio Global’s chief executive officer.

“Joining Aperio Global feels like a natural progression in my career. I am excited to apply my skills and knowledge to the private sector and contribute to Aperio’s mission of exceeding expectations through innovative solutions,” said Colonel Gardner. “I look forward to advancing our strategic interests in space and bringing comprehensive security and operational excellence to our clients.”

Source: Aperio Global

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