The company said Cameron started as CEO in 2006 and led the company through four acquisitions in the defense and security sector including Visionix, Tampa Microwave, nCipher and Advanced Acoustic Concepts.
Before joining Thales in 2004 to lead the U.K. naval business, Cameron held executive positions at General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) including president of the Bath Iron Works subsidiary.
Cameron worked to increase Thales’ footprint in the U.S. defense, civil and commercial markets during his tenure, said Pascale Sourisse, Thales’ international senior vice president.
The appointment of Pellegrini builds on Thales’ momentum of growth in the aerospace, defense and security markets, Cameron said.
Pellegrini joined Thales in 2006 as CEO of the in-flight entertainment and connectivity organization and the company credits him with increasing its market share to 35 percent.
Pellegrini and his executive team will continue to lead that segment during the coming months.
Before joining Thales, he served as CEO at Integrated Media Solutions and held executive positions at Panasonic Avionics Corp., Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) and Hughes Electronics.