Will Whitehorn

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Will Whitehorn and Richard Branson at the nose of SpaceShipTwo, 2010

Will Whitehorn (born 1960) is a British business executive. Until December 2010 he was President of Virgin Galactic,[1] a company which plans to offer space tourism flights to the paying public.[2]


Whitehorn was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He attended Edinburgh Academy and Aberdeen University.[2]

Whitehorn's early career was as a crewman on North Sea helicopters and also with the Thomas Cook travel agency. In 1987, Whitehorn joined the Virgin Group after being talent-spotted by Sir Richard Branson, after he had suggested a number of ideas to Virgin the previous year. He rose to become the head of Virgin's public affairs department.[when?] In that role, where he was effectively the official spokesperson for the company, he was sometimes characterized as Richard Branson's "right-hand man".[2]

He was[when?] president of Virgin's space program, Virgin Galactic, but had to leave due to the relocation of the testing area.[citation needed]

Whitehorn became Chairman of the Transport Systems Catapult project in March 2013.[3]


  1. ^ LinkedIn: Will Whithorn[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Mather, Adrian (2004-10-08). First Edinburgh man in space. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Whitehorn appointed Transport Systems Catapult chair". Rail Technology Magazine. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2015.


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