Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is a French-born American entrepreneur. She currently serves as CEO of Garriott Enterprises. She is also co-founder of space technology company Escape Dynamics which was featured on the cover of Aviation Week magazine, in Scientific American magazine as a “World Changing Idea” that could enable microwave-powered spaceplanes and aircraft-like operations to orbit, and as #3 of the “Top 10 World’s Most Innovative Space Companies of 2016” by Fast Company (after SpaceX & Blue Origin).
Laetitia started her career in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs in the late 1990s and held senior investment roles at TPG-Axon and Renaissance Technologies before founding her own investment firm. She has received several industry accolades and honors over the course of her career including Harvard Business School’s Dubilier Prize and Fortune Small Business small business competition 2nd place winner in 2004 for her work on Extend Fertility, “Rising Star” by Institutional Investor in 2010, “Rising Talent” by the Women’s Forum on the Economy & Society in 2010, and Vanity Fair France’s top 15 most influential entrepreneurs in 2016.
Laetitia is a Truman National Security Fellow, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Economic Club of New York. She also serves as a board member of the National Museum of Mathematics. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and ESSEC, France. In 2011 she became the youngest person to have completed neutral buoyancy training – a requirement for ISS astronauts preparing for EVA missions – which she completed in Star City, Russia.
Laetitia lives in New York City with her husband Richard, an entrepreneur & astronaut, and their two wonderful children Kinga Shuilong and Ronin Phi.