David King currently serves as the President of the Dynetics Group for the Leidos Corporation. The Group is the corporation's innovation engine for technology acceleration while providing broad coverage from the seafloor and into space. It is comprised of two wholly owned subsidiaries, Dynetics, Inc. and Gibbs & Cox, and the Leidos Innovations Center. King leads more than 5,000 employees across 20 states. He joined Dynetics in April 2009.
King has over 35 years of experience in aerospace and defense operations as well as leading large organizations. He retired from his 25-year career with NASA as the Center Director of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in 2009, where he was responsible for overseeing 7,000 onsite employees and contractors and a $2.7 billion budget.
King is a former Space Shuttle launch director and director of shuttle processing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He played key roles in more than 100 space shuttle missions during his tenure at NASA and led the Columbia Recovery team following the Columbia accident. He then led the NASA MSFC team through "Return to Flight" efforts following the Columbia accident and implemented the investigation board recommendations, including implementing "Technical Authority" for all programs at NASA MSFC. He also established a comprehensive management system for NASA MSFC, enabling informed business decisions and building a strong management team.
King is an AIAA Fellow and has been recognized for his leadership and technical achievements. He has received the National Space Club Goddard Memorial Trophy, the NASA Medal for Distinguished Service, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, and the Distinguished and Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards as a career senior executive. In 2019, Yellowhammer News named him to the inaugural "Yellowhammer 15" class, which recognizes Alabama leaders who are moving the state forward. In 2021, King was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.
King serves on the board of directors for Leadership Alabama and The Enrichment Center. He also serves as a trustee and chairman of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation and the chairman of the 2020 and 2021 Huntsville Classic. He is a former board member of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Westminster Christian Academy in Huntsville, the American Astronautical Society (AAS), and the Huntsville Chapter of the National Space Club, and he previously served on the Alabama Workforce Council in support of both economic and job development in the state.
King holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.