Thales USA, Inc. President and CEO to Retire; Thales Elects Successor
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 10, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Thales USA, Inc. announced that
President and CEO, Allan Cameron, will retire at year-end after eight years of
service with the company. Vice President and General Manager of Thales
Avionics, Alan Pellegrini, will succeed Cameron as President and CEO effective
the beginning of 2013.
Cameron joined Thales in 2004 leading the naval business in the UK and was
appointed as President and CEO of Thales USA in 2006. During his tenure at
Thales USA, Cameron served on a number of Boards including the SSA Board of
Directors for Thales USA Defense & Security. Under his leadership, Cameron
spearheaded major transformation initiatives in the US to ensure sustainable
growth and allow Thales to maintain its competitive edge in the current
market. His forward-thinking strategy led to four significant acquisitions:
Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Visionix, Tampa Microwave and nCipher which have
resulted in a diversified defense and security portfolio. Prior to his
appointment to Thales, Cameron had an extensive and distinguished career with
General Dynamics Corporation, serving as the President of General Dynamics
Bath Iron Works Corporation.
"Allan Cameron has had a very successfulcareer at Thales, working diligently
to increase the company's footprint in the US defense, civil and commercial
markets and setting high standards for improving organizational efficiencies
in the US," said Pascale Sourisse, Thales Senior Vice President,
International. "As a result of his dedicated efforts targeting strategic
growth markets in the US, he has built a foundation for continued growth and
opportunity for his successor, Alan Pellegrini."
Pellegrini has more than 20 years of combined experience in the avionics and
commercial aerospace industry. He joined Thales six years ago, as CEO of the
In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) organization during which time
he rapidly increased the company's market share up to 35 percent. He was
previously the CEO at Integrated Media Solutions and has held executive level
positions at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc. and Hughes
"Alan's appointment builds on the forward momentum Thales has already created
for our aerospace, defense and security businesses both domestically and
abroad," said Cameron, president & CEO, Thales USA. "With his leadership and
direction, coupled with a successful track record of bringing innovative,
transformational solutions to market, I am confident Thales will continue to
deliver on business commitments and high levels of customer satisfaction."
In the coming months, Pellegrini, along with his seasoned executive team, will
continue to lead the IFEC organization, remaining focused on delivering
high-quality connectivity solutions and personalized customer care.
Pellegrini received an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business, an MS in
Engineering from California State University, Northridge, and a BS in Applied
Mathematics from UCLA.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defense & Security and the
Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of €13
billion (equivalent of $18.2 billion) with 67,000 employees in more than 56
countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique
capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that
meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional
international footprint, with operations around the world working with
customers and local partners.
SOURCE Thales USA, Inc.
Contact: Beth Larson, Director, Communications, Thales USA, Inc.,
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