Meet Our Team
Comprised of experienced, visionary leaders, our Executive Team is dedicated to innovation and the success of their customers.
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 currently serves as the Sr. Vice President of Leonardo Electronics US, Inc.
In this role Prabhu is responsible for managing the performance and strategic growth of the Laser Solutions business unit.
Prabhu joined Lasertel Inc., Tucson, Arizona (acquired by Leonardo in 2010) in 2005 as V.P. of Engineering. He was tasked with advancing laser diode technology and developing products for the defense, medical, industrial, and scientific markets. This business now holds a leadership position in laser diode products in its target market segments. Before joining Lasertel, he held the position of Director of Technology at nLight Corporation (Vancouver, WA), Engineering Design Manager at ADC Telecommunications (Vadnais Heights, MN), and Director of Test and Reliability at Spectracom Inc. (White Bear Lake, MN).
Mr. Thiagarajan holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University. He has worked in the field of lasers and laser systems for over 30 years, with a specific focus on high-energy lasers for the last 15 years. He has authored more than 50 technical journal articles and conference presentations in high-power diode lasers and holds numerous patents in this field. Prabhu is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Optical Society of America.
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 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
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 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 joined Leonardo 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. Gladys is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Institute and holds an Executive Women in Leadership Certificate through Cornell University. She has volunteered on the local SHRM chapter since 2014 and currently serves as President-Elect for SHRM-GT.