John Elbon

COO

ULA

United States of America

John Elbon is the chief operating Officer for United Launch Alliance (ULA). In this role, Elbon is responsible for the operations of the Atlas, Delta and Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle programs, including design, engineering, integration, production, quality assurance and program management.

Prior to joining ULA, Elbon served as vice president and general manager, Space Exploration, a division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security at The Boeing Company. He was responsible for the strategic direction of Boeing's civil space programs, and support of NASA programs such as the International Space Station (ISS), Commercial Crew Development program and the Space Launch System.

During his 35-year career, Elbon served as vice president and program manager for Boeing’s Commercial Programs. In this position, he managed Boeing’s efforts on NASA’s Commercial Crew Space Act Agreements, including the first two phases of the Commercial Crew Development program. Elbon has also served as the vice president of Systems Integration for the Army’s Future Combat Systems, and the Boeing program manager for several NASA programs including Constellation, ISS, and the Checkout, Assembly & Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract at Kennedy Space Center.

He holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.