Virgin Galactic leaders in entrance of the New York Inventory Change, from left: CEO George Whitesides, founder Richard Branson and Chairman Chamath Palihapitiya.
Palihapitiya’s SPAC, or particular objective acquisition firm, took Virgin Galactic public in October 2019. The corporate’s inventory has skilled risky buying and selling since then – climbing above $60 a share within the months forward of Sir Richard Branson’s test spaceflight, however not too long ago falling again beneath its public debut value with the beginning of commercial service delayed more than two years from what the corporate forecast.
The now-former chairman sold his personal Virgin Galactic stake in early 2021 that was value over $200 million on the time. However Palihapitiya not directly owns about 15.8 million shares by Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings.
In a press release, Palihapitiya stated he’s leaving “to concentrate on different current and upcoming public board obligations” however is “proud to depart the group in such succesful fingers” and appears ahead to “someday flying to house with them.”
Virgin Galactic’s inventory rose about 2% in premarket buying and selling from its earlier shut of $9.01 a share.
“We have at all times recognized the time would come when he would shift his focus to new initiatives and pursuits. I am grateful for every thing Chamath has achieved for our firm and want him all one of the best,” Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier stated in a press release.
The corporate stated that Virgin Galactic board director Evan Lovell will function interim chairman, with a brand new chair anticipated to be chosen later.
Virgin Galactic’s shares rose 0.4% in premarket buying and selling Friday.