Alan Pellegrini is the North American CEO of Thales. As a top executive in Thales, Mr. Pellegrini leads business operations for each of the company’s five market segments – aerospace, defense, security, space and transportation – for the North American region.
With an aggressive strategy for growth, Mr. Pellegrini is shaping new approaches for business innovation and entrepreneurship alongside a smart acquisition strategy. In 2015, he oversaw the launch of Thales xPlor – a new approach to innovation and entrepreneurship which leverages engagement with academic and start-up communities seeking synergistic relationships. He also drives Thales’ North America business acquisition strategy. In 2014, he supported the successful acquisition of LiveTV – an inflight connectivity solutions provider – from JetBlue and in 2016 the acquisition of Vormetric – a cybersecurity encryption firm. His vision is for continued double digit growth in the region to strengthen the company’s global presence.
Mr. Pellegrini is a 2016 inductee for the Wash100 — the annual selection of the most influential leaders in government contracting by Executive Mosaic.
Prior to being appointed to lead North American activities for Thales in 2017, Mr. Pellegrini successfully led U.S. operations after leading the company’s in-flight entertainment and connectivity business – Thales InFlyt Experience – to a position of sustained and record growth.
Before breaking new ground in the areas of global connectivity and media for Thales when he first joined in 2006, Mr. Pellegrini served as the CEO of Integrated Media Solutions, Inc. (IMS).
This role was preceded by his position with Panasonic where he held the positions of President, Panasonic Transportation Systems Company, and Senior Vice President, Panasonic Avionics Company.
Mr. Pellegrini has also served is several other executive roles including President and COO of Tenzing Communications (now OnAir Inc.), Vice President Marketing and Sales with Rockwell Collins, and Vice President Marketing and Sales at Hughes Avicom.
While at Hughes, he led the initiative which resulted in the first-ever live satellite TV broadcast on a commercial flight.
In addition to his operational leadership roles, Mr. Pellegrini has served as a Board Director with two technology firms and currently serves on the Atlantic Council’s Board of Directors.
He holds a Master of Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business, a Master of Science in Engineering from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from UCLA.