Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Jun 27, 2005 8:10 pm
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Santa Monica, CA. (June 27, 2005) — The X PRIZE Foundation, best known for its creation of the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE to build a private spaceship, has announced the appointment of Diane Murphy as Executive Vice President. An experienced public relations executive, Ms. Murphy will lead all communications, and public affairs efforts for the X PRIZE Foundation, including this October’s Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP in New Mexico. Ms. Murphy has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the X PRIZE Foundation since 2003.

For the past 18 years, Diane Murphy served as Chairman and CEO of Federal City Communications, a Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA- based full-service public relations firm, specializing in the fields of aerospace, satellite communications, defense, political affairs, film, and entertainment. Clients included: Army Times Publishing, EADS, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Motorola, Iridium, IMAX, INTELSAT, BT Broadcast Services, iBiquity Digital Radio, NATO, and Zero Gravity Corporation.

From 2003-2005, Murphy served as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for EADS North America, the North American operations of the world’s second largest aerospace company. From 1977-1987, she served as an account executive with Smith & Harroff, Inc, where she worked on more than 30 political and issue management campaigns. Diane Murphy began her career on Capitol Hill as a press secretary to House Minority Leader John J. Rhodes.

“Diane Murphy is expert at promoting high-technology and space-related programs and her political acumen will help us tremendously in Washington, said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and Founder of the X PRIZE Foundation. “She is well-respected in the industry and we are pleased to have her with us to lead communications and public affairs efforts.”

Diane Murphy will also lead the Foundation’s efforts to launch The X PRIZE CUP and Personal Spaceflight Expo a partnership between the X PRIZE Foundation and state of New Mexico to develop a week-long series of space-related events and spacecraft competitions.

Diane Murphy is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dashew International Center for Students and Scholars at UCLA, the World Affairs Council, Washington Space Business Roundtable and Youth Service America, in addition to the X PRIZE Foundation. She is a resident of Washington, DC and Manhattan Beach, California.

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to enable radical breakthroughs in space and technology for the benefit of humanity. On October 4th, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation captured world headlines when Mojave Aerospace Ventures, led by Burt Rutan and Paul Allen, built and flew the world’s first private spacecraft to the edge of space to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. Because of the dramatic nature of the achievement, the X PRIZE Foundation is now widely recognized as the leading model for fostering innovation through the use of competitions.

Based on the success of the Ansari X PRIZE, The Foundation has partnered with the state of Mew Mexico to produce the X PRIZE CUP and assist in the development of the state’s Southwestern Regional Spaceport. On April 13, 2005, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson declared October 4 – 9, 2005 as X PRIZE CUP Week in New Mexico and during this time, tens of thousands of people will come to the state to see racing take new heights. Beginning in 2006, the X PRIZE CUP will be a week-long series of space-related events, including educational, launch, and test-flight activities, as well as aircraft fly-ins and tributes to the history of the state’s aerospace industry. The events begin this October with the Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP in Las Cruces International Airport and Alamogordo Space History Museum in Southern New Mexico. Full details can be found at www.xprize.org.

To donate or for more information about the X PRIZE Foundation please visit www.xprize.org or telephone 310.587.3355.

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