Elon Musk Aide Gwynne Shotwell Is a Steadying Force at SpaceX


Gwynne Shotwell was among the first dozen employees hired in 2002 by tiny startup Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Now, as president of the industry-leading rocket maker, she serves as the essential counterpoint and buffer for its mercurial chairman, Elon Musk.

Ms. Shotwell is credited by colleagues and competitors as being most responsible for tempering Mr. Musk’s impulses while helping turn his space dreams into reality. The 54-year-old’s influence and longevity in the Musk inner circle—along with the ability to prosper…

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