Author Topic: Blue Origin new execs - Bob Smith, Brent Sherwood etc retiring late 2023  (Read 28350 times)

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https://twitter.com/joroulette/status/1711423442698821933

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Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith tells employees that Brent Sherwood, head of the company's Advanced Development Programs, will retire next month and be replaced by Pat Remias. confirms @reuters report last week:

https://www.reuters.com/technology/space/bezos-blue-origin-sees-split-space-station-partnership-sources-2023-10-02/

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Pat Remias will succeed Sherwood as Blue's Vice President of Space Systems Development, Smith says in a company-wide email, lauding Sherwood for the moon lander win, Orbital Reef, and other things: "a new space mobility platform was formulated and formed into a growing business"

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There seems to be some hope at Blue Origin that Dave Limp will be a good leader of the company. He is trusted by Bezos, so if he listens to employees Limp will be in a position to effect positive (and needed) change.

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There seems to be some hope at Blue Origin that Dave Limp will be a good leader of the company. He is trusted by Bezos, so if he listens to employees Limp will be in a position to effect positive (and needed) change.
Or to impolitely put it. Limp is a hatchet man for Bezos, when Bezos need to get something done that is faltering. A hatchet man usually have their marching orders direct from the boss.

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There seems to be some hope at Blue Origin that Dave Limp will be a good leader of the company. He is trusted by Bezos, so if he listens to employees Limp will be in a position to effect positive (and needed) change.
Or to impolitely put it. Limp is a hatchet man for Bezos, when Bezos need to get something done that is faltering. A hatchet man usually have their marching orders direct from the boss.
Either way, Bezos is taking a direct interest in Blue for a bit. Support from the owner can give Dave extra leverage to make changes

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Or to impolitely put it. Limp is a hatchet man for Bezos, when Bezos need to get something done that is faltering. A hatchet man usually have their marching orders direct from the boss.
Either way, Bezos is taking a direct interest in Blue for a bit. Support from the owner can give Dave extra leverage to make changes

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There seems to be some hope at Blue Origin that Dave Limp will be a good leader of the company. He is trusted by Bezos, so if he listens to employees Limp will be in a position to effect positive (and needed) change.
Or to impolitely put it. Limp is a hatchet man for Bezos, when Bezos need to get something done that is faltering. A hatchet man usually have their marching orders direct from the boss.
Either way, Bezos is taking a direct interest in Blue for a bit. Support from the owner can give Dave extra leverage to make changes
You are missing my subtle hint that Berger is writing nonsense. Limp is there to do as Bezos dictates, not to worry about the feelings of the employees.
« Last Edit: 10/12/2023 11:33 pm by Zed_Noir »

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There seems to be some hope at Blue Origin that Dave Limp will be a good leader of the company. He is trusted by Bezos, so if he listens to employees Limp will be in a position to effect positive (and needed) change.
Or to impolitely put it. Limp is a hatchet man for Bezos, when Bezos need to get something done that is faltering. A hatchet man usually have their marching orders direct from the boss.
Hatchet men are temporary by nature - they clear out unwanted growth, so a different person who specialized in growing can do his thing.  Different skill sets.

What an elaborate metaphor!
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https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1712202112245927955

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There seems to be some hope at Blue Origin that Dave Limp will be a good leader of the company. He is trusted by Bezos, so if he listens to employees Limp will be in a position to effect positive (and needed) change.
Or to impolitely put it. Limp is a hatchet man for Bezos, when Bezos need to get something done that is faltering. A hatchet man usually have their marching orders direct from the boss.
Either way, Bezos is taking a direct interest in Blue for a bit. Support from the owner can give Dave extra leverage to make changes
You are missing my subtle hint that Berger is writing nonsense. Limp is there to do as Bezos dictates, not to worry about the feelings of the employees.
If he is any good he will do both.  Otherwise his hatchet work will destroy the best capabilities of the company along with cutting out the deadwood.

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Thing is, it's hard to differentiate the deadwood. You've got a lot of old guys there too. They are expensive, but are also some of the last people with actual hands-on experience as well. How can you tell the difference between someone on cruise control to retirement, and some old guy who used to be awesome but is past his peak?

People don't forget what management does to their older employees. You burn that trust, you are never getting it back.

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Thing is, it's hard to differentiate the deadwood. You've got a lot of old guys there too. They are expensive, but are also some of the last people with actual hands-on experience as well. How can you tell the difference between someone on cruise control to retirement, and some old guy who used to be awesome but is past his peak?


(Speaking as someone who is closer to retirement than new to the work force.)

Those aren't the only two options for older workers.  Many of us old farts were and ARE awesome, with enough experience to be effective and enough interest to remain productive. 

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How can you tell the difference between someone on cruise control to retirement, and some old guy who used to be awesome but is past his peak?
The same older person can be either on cruise control or awesome, depending on the circumstances.  If the goal is un-inspiring, or the co-workers not invested, or the management does not convey/create urgency, then they can well be on cruise control.   But if the vision is clear, the co-workers are working hard, and the management is supportive, an older (usually guy) can be awesome as before.  And they carry with them a mental model of stuff that seemed sensible and has been tried, but did not work.  This avoidance of dead ends (or at least knowledge of why they failed and what should/could be done differently) can help immensely.

One difference, in my experience, is that if the goal is great but the system screwed up, a younger employee will often work like a maniac to try to change the system.  An older employee (especially one that was once a part of a unified effort) will often say "Nah, that's too much work" and slip into cruise control.

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https://twitter.com/joroulette/status/1715429567270203789

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Blue Origin's SVP of operations Mike Eilola is leaving the company Nov 3 "for personal reasons," CEO Bob Smith told employees today. It's the third executive departure to be announced in less than a month and signals a pretty sweeping company reorg

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/bezos-blue-origin-sees-third-executive-departure-amid-internal-restructuring-2023-10-20/

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Over on the Blue Origin Reddit a lot of (assumed) employees are sharing their thoughts on this.

Doesn't sound like he'll be missed much.

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It seems that a lot of the exec team won't be missed, if this comment is representative

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Would you expect anything less from the senior leaders at Blue? Absolute shit show any time they make a decision. When I started there were 2 VPs and now there are over 30 and each one wants to check some obscure box that absolutely does nothing to march us towards NG-1. And you canít get a straight answer out of any of them at their AMA. frakking word salads is all you get. The SVPs arenít any better. Eiola has a reserved spot in OLS for Gods sake and Iíve seen him park there once in the last six months. I donít know how the hell Plunket hasnít been fired yet. Jarrets about the only cool one since Scott left. Honestly I think theyíve inserted these thick layers of management to protect themselves from being the fall guy imo. And then there is Bob and what can I say other than frakking sorbet.

Itís the teams below the director level that are making it happen with senior leaders being the blockers or throwing wrenches into well oiled machines because they want to check that box.

And thatís why youíre going into the office meow.

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How can you tell the difference between someone on cruise control to retirement, and some old guy who used to be awesome but is past his peak?
The same older person can be either on cruise control or awesome, depending on the circumstances.  If the goal is un-inspiring, or the co-workers not invested, or the management does not convey/create urgency, then they can well be on cruise control.   But if the vision is clear, the co-workers are working hard, and the management is supportive, an older (usually guy) can be awesome as before.  And they carry with them a mental model of stuff that seemed sensible and has been tried, but did not work.  This avoidance of dead ends (or at least knowledge of why they failed and what should/could be done differently) can help immensely.

One difference, in my experience, is that if the goal is great but the system screwed up, a younger employee will often work like a maniac to try to change the system.  An older employee (especially one that was once a part of a unified effort) will often say "Nah, that's too much work" and slip into cruise control.

I can relate to cruise control statement. After your've bang your head against brick wall often enough with no change, cruise control or leave are two options to stay sane.

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It seems that a lot of the exec team won't be missed, if this comment is representative

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Would you expect anything less from the senior leaders at Blue? Absolute shit show any time they make a decision. When I started there were 2 VPs and now there are over 30 and each one wants to check some obscure box that absolutely does nothing to march us towards NG-1. And you canít get a straight answer out of any of them at their AMA. frakking word salads is all you get. The SVPs arenít any better. Eiola has a reserved spot in OLS for Gods sake and Iíve seen him park there once in the last six months. I donít know how the hell Plunket hasnít been fired yet. Jarrets about the only cool one since Scott left. Honestly I think theyíve inserted these thick layers of management to protect themselves from being the fall guy imo. And then there is Bob and what can I say other than frakking sorbet.

Itís the teams below the director level that are making it happen with senior leaders being the blockers or throwing wrenches into well oiled machines because they want to check that box.

And thatís why youíre going into the office meow.

30 VPs sounds like a lot, but I am not an org chart scientist. From the text above, sounds like B.O. has been an opportunity to sop up a billionaireís $$$ while he is looking the other way. Sad.

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From the text above, sounds like B.O. has been an opportunity to sop up a billionaireís $$$ while he is looking the other way. Sad.

Anytime an organization continues to receive full funding without worry of delivering any product, the organization will develop this way.
There isn't any existential motivation to get anything done.
It's always the funding entities' fault.  No different here.

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I am remembering the dot comm industry growing without regard to traditional sound business plans, ultimately challenging brick and mortar retail establishments. Not without bumps in the road of course. Blue feels somewhat familiar to me.
« Last Edit: 10/22/2023 09:37 pm by D_Dom »
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I am remembering the dot comm industry growing without regard to traditional sound business plans, ultimately challenging brick and mortar retail establishments. Not without bumps in the road of course. Blue feels somewhat familiar to me.

What, you mean like the internet startup "Pets.com"?  ;)
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https://twitter.com/joroulette/status/1737849573287313747

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In his first all-hands with staff earlier this month, Blue Origin's new CEO Dave Limp made speeding up New Glenn development and production of its powerful BE-4 engine top priorities, and suggested software and AI should play bigger roles in manufacturing

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/bezos-taps-amazon-vet-speed-up-space-company-blue-origin-2023-12-21/

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