Brian O’Toole

Chief Executive Officer

Brian E. O’Toole is chief executive officer of BlackSky and is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of the company’s business plan as well as product and technology strategy for BlackSky’s global monitoring service. He joined the company in 2016 when BlackSky acquired OpenWhere, a technology company he founded, which delivered on-demand location intelligence solutions to government and commercial customers.

Brian brings more than 30 years of executive experience building and growing high-performance technology businesses at startup, growth, and Fortune 100 companies. Prior to OpenWhere, he served as chief technology officer at GeoEye, with global responsibility for developing, managing, and expanding the company’s technology, products, and services in geospatial intelligence and location-based services. He left GeoEye after a successful $1.3 billion merger with DigitalGlobe. He’s also held senior product leadership roles at a number of companies, including Overwatch Textron Systems, which he joined when they acquired ITspatial, an early pioneer of interactive 3D mapping that he co-founded and served as president. Brian holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Clarkson University.

Johan Broekhuysen

Chief Financial Officer

Johan Broekhuysen is chief financial officer for BlackSky, after having served as the company’s senior advisor before its merger with Osprey Technology Acquisition Corp. He brings 20 years of global executive experience helping lead public, high-growth technology companies. Johan most recently was the founding partner of Open Water Advisory Group, which delivers differentiated capital solutions to the telecom infrastructure value.

Prior to Open Water, Johan served a seven-year tenure with Segra, formally known as LUMOS Networks (LMOS), where he fulfilled duties as chief financial officer and led business expansion efforts during his time there.

Johan is a graduate of South Africa’s Stellenbosch University, with emphases on business communications, accounting, management accounting, economics, and commercial law. He is a seasoned senior-level executive with more than 20 years of global experience, offering strong leadership through value creation.

Henry Dubois

Chief Development Officer

Henry Dubois will lead BlackSky’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) planning and other corporate growth initiatives as the company’s chief development officer. Before joining BlackSky, Dubois was an executive for two geospatial companies. Henry brings proven experience in growth strategies, deal sourcing, and integration, as well as extensive domestic and international experience leading telecom and satellite imaging companies through periods of growth and M&A activity.

Prior to joining BlackSky, Henry served as chief financial officer and an executive advisor at GeoEye, where he helped grow revenues from $30 million to $350 million. At DigitalGlobe, he held several executive positions, including president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. As managing director at HED Consulting, he advised companies on strategic initiatives, operating improvements, and financial activities. Dubois was also chief executive officer of PT Centralindo Panca Sakti, an Asian telecom company. 

Henry received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and a Master of Management Degree in Finance, Marketing, and Accounting from Northwestern University.

Chris Lin

General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer

Chris Lin brings nearly two decades of strategic leadership and legal experience working with business, government, and legal teams during growth and innovation cycles. She has served for five years with NextGen Venture Partners and most recently served as general counsel, chief privacy, and administrative officer for Rakuten Advertising. While there, Chris helped restructure legacy business lines to increase profitability and build the foundation for accelerating growth of emerging business lines.

During Chris’ 17-year tenure at Comscore, a pioneer in media measurement and analytics, she helped grow the company from an early-stage startup to a multibillion-dollar public market capitalization company with teams across Europe, the Asia Pacific, and the Americas. Chris also played a pivotal role in the partner-only “virtual” law firm, Outside GC, LLC, comprised of senior business attorneys assisting tech companies to accelerate growth in a complex, evolving regulatory landscape.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science at Yale University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree at Georgetown University Law Center.

Nick Merski

Chief Operations Officer

Nick Merski is chief operations officer at BlackSky, where he leads the engineering and product operations unit responsible for executing the company’s vision for its constellation, platform, and analytic product suite. Previously, Nick played a pivotal role in overseeing the strategy, development, launch, and operations of the company’s constellation program as its director.

Prior to joining BlackSky, Nick served in the U.S. Air Force as an officer and civil servant. He held multiple program management and system engineering leadership roles for the Air Force’s operational and advanced technology programs, including the Operationally Responsive Space-1 program and the Department of Defense Space Test Program Standard Interface Vehicle.

Nick holds a Master of Science Degree in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Nick also serves on the Board of Managers for LeoStella, a joint venture between BlackSky and Thales Alenia Space.

Amy Minnick

Chief Commercial Officer

With a focus on driving growth, Amy Minnick has stepped into the role of chief commercial officer at BlackSky. Amy is spearheading the company’s commercial business with a focus on expanding its global footprint across a number of vertical markets. As part of BlackSky’s executive leadership team, she plays a vital role in accelerating the company’s position as the leader in real-time global intelligence. 

Amy brings more than two decades of experience to her BlackSky role, including go-to-market optimization, product strategy development, and execution, as well as overall business transformation. Prior to BlackSky, she served as chief business officer at Cape Analytics, growing the company’s content, data and distribution partnerships while leading commercial growth initiatives for AI-enabled SaaS platform solutions. Amy was also senior vice president and general manager of Maxar’s DigitalGlobe commercial and civil government businesses. She served as the inaugural president of the World Geospatial Industry Council, holding senior executive roles at IHS Markit and LexisNexis. 

Amy graduated cum laude with high distinction from Williams College, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Economy. She earned her Master of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, graduating with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.

Patrick O’Neil

Chief Innovation Officer

Patrick O’Neil brings extensive academic and geospatial intelligence experience to his role as BlackSky’s chief innovation officer. Patrick is responsible for building and executing the BlackSky analytics corporate strategy, including the advancement of the company’s real-time monitoring platform leveraging industry-leading technologies in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Patrick is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. He went on to earn both his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mathematics at George Mason University. During an internship at OpenWhere, which was acquired by BlackSky, Patrick developed the core algorithms that would lead to foundational work in AI/ML and predictive analytics for the company.

Patrick is on the faculty at George Mason and works closely with the school’s Geography and Geospatial Sciences Department. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board and the diversity team for the College of Science. He also serves on the Virginia Department of Education’s Data Science Advisory Board, guiding mathematics curricula for state high schools.

Kevin Rioles

Chief Information Officer

Kevin Rioles is the chief information officer of BlackSky and responsible for managing and implementing system architecture and information technology systems across the company. He brings decades of leadership skills in systems engineering, integration, product infrastructure and program management. 

Prior to joining Black Sky in 2015, Kevin was the director of systems engineering at Thermopylae Sciences + Technology, deputy division manager at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). He also was the deputy program manager and systems engineer with United States Forces Korea (USFK J2). Kevin served in the United States Air Force for seven years as a computer programmer.  

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems at Excelsior College in Albany, NY, and a Master of Science in Information Systems at Strayer University in Washington, D.C.

J.R. Riordan

Chief Revenue Officer

A former military strategist and policy expert with deep experience in the space and geospatial intelligence markets, J.R. Riordan brings an expansive skillset as chief revenue officer at BlackSky. He plays a pivotal role in building and sustaining the company’s customer pipeline and strengthening its business development operations to continue delivering first-to-know insights to more customers around the globe.

J.R. is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in government and industry, including a deep background in cyber technology, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence analysis, government, operational planning, process improvement, and organizational leadership. Before joining BlackSky, he served as senior vice president for space and geospatial intelligence business at Parsons Corporation. J.R.’s government service includes work as U.S. Space Force architect on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics at Montclair State University, a Master of Business Administration Degree with honors at Regis University, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University’s National War College.

Peter Wegner

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Peter Wegner is chief technology officer at BlackSky, where he implements BlackSky’s vision for technology across all aspects of the company’s capabilities and systems. He leads BlackSky’s efforts to develop a world-class multi-sensor geospatial intelligence engine. Peter oversees the company’s engagements with strategic stakeholders, ensuring customer needs are aligned with BlackSky’s business imperatives and investments.

Prior to BlackSky, Peter was the director of advanced concepts at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, where he directed investments in new technologies. He also served as director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Operationally Responsive Space Office at Kirtland Air Force Base, where he directed the creation of a national strategy to develop new and innovative techniques to design, build, test, and operate space systems. Peter also served as the technical advisor to the Air Force Space Command Directorate of Requirements and a research engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, where he developed key innovations such as the ESPA ring.

Peter holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering from the University of Arizona.