Matt Keegan

Matt Keegan


Matt Keegan serves as President & CEO Leonardo Electronics US Inc. In his role, he is responsible for all aspects of the business. Mr. Keegan joined the company in 2006 and over this time has held several positions including Chief Strategy Officer, Information Officer, Chief of Staff, and Head of Product Innovation and Mission Assurance. While functioning in these roles, he has been awarded two patents, with a third pending for defense-related products across Laser, Electronic Warfare and Unmanned Vehicle technologies. He also serves as a long-standing Officer/Director on the Leonardo Electronics US Inc. Board of Directors. Matt has worked with Oracle Corporation, EDS, Ernst & Young, and KPMG where he led major capture efforts, business development organizations, and service organizations for product implementation services and hosting.

Mr. Keegan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University. He is a distinguished graduate of the National Defense University (NDU) Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) where he was one of only 10 civilians selected as an Industry Fellow. He graduated with a Master of Science (MS) in National Resource Strategy. He was a Visiting Fellow to NDU’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP). Matt has completed Executive Study work at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, the Imperial College Business School (London), and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). 


Prabhu Thiagarajan

CTO & SVP Laser Solutions

Prabhu joined Lasertel in 2003, where he leverages 20 years of industry experience in technical development and engineering solutions for optoelectronic components and systems. Prior to Lasertel, Prabhu held the position of Director of Technology at nLIGHT Photonics in Vancouver, Washington. Previous to this, Prabhu directed a team of scientists, engineers and technicians, overseeing the design, development and testing of a variety of laser diode pumps at ADC Telecommunications in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota. Prabhu also worked as Director of Test and Reliability at Spectracom Inc., prior to joining ADC Telecommunications. Mr. Thiagarajan holds a PhD, MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.


Vivek Upadhyaya

Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

Vivek Upadhyaya serves as the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for Leonardo Electronics US Inc. In his role, Vivek is responsible for executing the company’s financial strategy, growth and investment plans, and identifying and managing mergers and acquisitions. Vivek brings nearly 30 years of business and financial acumen to the role, having served as CFO and Interim President and CEO of IAI North America, VP – Financial Planning for Northrop Grumman Corporation (formerly Orbital ATK), Director of Finance-Test & Measurement, and Director Global FP&A & Commercial Operations for Honeywell International, Director Strategic Pricing & Contracting, Medtronic, Inc., and leadership roles in other global technology companies. Vivek offers a long track record of establishing and overseeing rigorous financial controls, cost reduction and growth strategies befitting a top aerospace and defense company. 

Vivek received an M.B.A in Finance and B.A. in Economics from Michigan State University, and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.


Ron Godlewski

SVP Business Development

Ron leads Leonardo's Business Development activities in the United States. His responsibilities cover technologies and products such as targeting systems and sensors, radar, electronic warfare, avionics, lasers, and directed energy that serve all military branches, other DOD organizations, and the prime contractor community. Ron joined the team in 2017 and has played an integral role in program management, engineering, and business development. Prior to joining Leonardo Electronics US, Ron led the sales and marketing activities at Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT), providing products and services to international law enforcement and military organizations through more than 200 agents and distributors worldwide.

Ron graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree and the University of Phoenix with an MBA in Global Business Management. His capstone studies focused on the international expansion of US-based business and included market analysis, internal change management, product tailoring, teaming and joint ventures, financial analysis, and risk management.


Clif (Jay) Sawyer

VP Operations Sensor Solutions

After a 23-year career in the US Army, Clif (Jay) Sawyer joined Leonardo as VP Operations responsible for the Sensor Solutions Line of Business. Clif brings extensive expertise in program management and resource management to the team. He has held multiple positions leading large and small multi-million-dollar programs. Having served in the Pentagon as a budget and execution lead for Army acquisition programs, he supported numerous funding decisions across multiple portfolios. He also served as the program manager for the MC-1C Gray Eagle — the Army’s largest Unmanned Aerial System — and worked with Boeing via a corporate fellowship program. Today, Clif is responsible for Sensor Solutions where he oversees production, repair, and product development activities. The Huntsville-based operation focuses on the production and testing of Leonardo products as well as the repair and support of those products for US and allied defense programs. Clif works with a cross-functional team that includes engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, contracts, and finance to ensure Leonardo Electronics maintains the ability to rapidly scale per customer program requirements.


Ken Rozelsky

VP Compliance & Security

Ken Rozelsky serves as Vice President for Corporate Compliance & Security. In his role, Ken oversees all aspects of import/export licensing, security, ethics and compliances programs. Having retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force, Ken brings a wealth of experience with over 25 years of leadership in the military. Ken began his career as a Weapons Systems Officer flying the F-4, F-15E, F-16 in multiple locations around the world. He served as an Air Liaison Officer commanding the 682nd Air Support Operations Squadron in combat in Afghanistan. His staff jobs focused around acquisition and requirements of weapons, aircraft and communications equipment. Ken is a recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, and two Bronze Stars. Most recently, Ken was the Director of Air Force International Programs in the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in National Strategic Resourcing with an emphasis on Supply Chain Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also has a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management, Development and Training from Chapman University. 


Gladys Walker

VP Human Resources

Gladys Walker joined Lasertel in 2006. Having worked mostly in manufacturing environments and the hospitality industry, she has experience providing support and advice to operational managers and executive staff, recruitment and employment, training and development, labor relations, benefits administration, and the development of organizational culture.

Gladys holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and an MA in Organizational Management with an emphasis on Strategic Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Institute.