Accion Systems today announced that Dr. Teresa Segura has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. Dr. Segura will lead corporate strategy, sales, and partnerships at Accion, a developer of advanced satellite propulsion systems for the space industry.

Dr. Segura’s career has spanned the spectrum of the science, defense and telecommunications sectors of the space industry.  Prior to joining Accion, Dr. Segura provided consulting in sales, marketing, and corporate development for various companies around the industry. Previously, Dr. Segura was director of marketing and sales for Space Systems Loral (SSL) a full-service provider of communications satellites and space systems. In that role, she was responsible for the development and execution of marketing and sales strategies of the company’s satellite systems in Asia and the Americas, assisting customers in performing mission engineering trades and payload suitability studies for their satellite telecommunications businesses. 

“Dr. Segura’s depth of experience successfully leading business development and sales organizations within the science, defense and telecommunications sectors will be a huge asset to Accion as we position ourselves for our next phase of growth,” said Natalya Bailey, CEO of Accion Systems. “We are thrilled to have her join the Accion team.”.  

Before joining SSL, Dr. Segura spent seven years with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems as a campaign manager and staff scientist for Civil Systems Business Development. During her tenure there, she led remote sensing algorithm development and engineering concept design and capture studies for spacecraft missions targeted for Mars, Jupiter, asteroids, comets, the Earth, and the Moon.  Early in her career, Dr. Segura held various space science positions within NASA and Academia, publishing several research papers on the climatology of Mars. 

“It is an exciting time to be in the space and satellite industry, and I share Accion’s vision of making space more accessible for exploration,” said Dr. Segura.  “As the smallsat market continues to grow, the need for a new approach to propulsion has never been more apparent.  Accion has the potential to do for in-space propulsion what SpaceX did for launch, and I’m excited to be a part of this team.”

Dr. Segura earned a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from Columbia University, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in astrophysical, planetary, and atmospheric sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.