David King is CEO of Dynetics and a member of the board of directors. He joined the company in 2009 as executive vice president and manager of the Integrated Systems and Special Programs Operating Unit and soon after established the Space Division. He was named company president in October 2013 and served in that position until becoming CEO in July 2015.
King has 30 years of experience in space systems development and operations. In 2009, he retired from NASA as the center director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, where he was responsible for overseeing 7,000 on-site employees and contractors and a $2.7 billion budget. He is a former space shuttle launch director and director of shuttle processing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He played key roles in more than 100 space shuttle missions during his tenure at NASA and led the Columbia recovery team following the 2003 accident. He then led the Marshall Space Flight Center team through "Return to Flight" efforts.
Under his leadership at Dynetics, King's operating unit made several significant accomplishments, including the purchase of Orion Propulsion in 2009; development of FASTSAT, the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite as part of an industry/government partnership; and procurement of a NASA contract in 2012 to improve the affordability, reliability, and performance of an advanced booster for the Space Launch System (SLS).
King is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) fellow. He has been recognized for his leadership and technical achievements with such awards as the National Space Club Goddard Memorial Trophy, the NASA Medal for Distinguished Service, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, both the Distinguished and Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards as a career senior executive, and the AIAA's Holger Toftoy Award for outstanding technical management.
In 2014, the Governor of Alabama appointed King to serve on the Alabama Workforce Council to support both economic and job development in the state. He serves on the board of directors for the AIAA Fellows Selection Committee, The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, and Kairos Foundation in Florida. He is the chairman of the board for The Enrichment Center, and the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation (VCSI). He is a former board member of Westminster Christian Academy in Huntsville, American Astronautical Society (AAS), and the Huntsville Chapter of the National Space Club.
King holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.