From the American embassy in Rome to the top of the Italian defense group. Leonardo has appointed Thomas D. Smitham as head of the US Business Development Organizational Unit, with the aim of consolidating the company's development path in the States. Here is the curriculum
From the leadership of the US embassy in Rome to the top of the Italian defense group.
This is the path of Thomas D. Smitham, Deputy Head of Mission of the US Embassy in Rome since 2019 and from January 2021 in charge of affairs at the US Embassy in Italy. In fact, Smitham headed the diplomatic office until last July after the departure of Lewis Eisenberg , the ambassador designated by the then President Trump.
Since then, the current US President Biden has not yet appointed the US Ambassador to Rome. So much so that Shawn Crowley, the new interim Chargé d'affaires at the Embassy of the United States of America in Italy, arrived in via Vittorio Veneto. Smitham was therefore ready to leave Rome.
But for the American diplomat a position has opened up at the top of the defense and aerospace group in Piazza Monte Grappa led by Alessandro Profumo.
On 16 September Leonardo appointed Thomas D. Smitham as head of the US Business Development Organizational Unit, with the aim, according to a note , to consolidate the company's development path in the United States of America.
"The unit – underlines the note – will have the task of supporting the development of Leonardo's Business Development activities in the United States, by strengthening the supervision of institutional customers and supporting the implementation of commercial campaigns".
As the former Finmeccanica group points out, "Thomas Smitham has held high-profile positions in Washington DC and abroad".
All the details.
THE APPOINTMENT OF SMITHAM IN LEONARDO
Leonardo then appointed Thomas Smitham, the former Interim Chargé d'affaires ad interim at the US Embassy in Italy, as head of the US Business Development Organizational Unit. The company reports that he has focused on economic and political affairs in his various posts in Europe and the Western Hemisphere, including Brussels, London, Mexico City and Lima in Peru.
THE BIOGRAPHY TAKEN FROM THE US EMBASSY SITE IN ROME
As stated on the website of the US Embassy in Rome, during his diplomatic career, Tom Smitham has held high-profile positions abroad and in Washington DC He has been a Chargé d'affaires at the US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago and Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Mexico City.
He has also worked in the US Embassies in Peru, Belgium (the US Embassy to the European Union), the United Kingdom and the US Embassy to the Holy See. At the State Department in Washington he focused on economic policies, including holding the position of Chief of Staff of the Under-Secretary for Economic Development, Energy and the Environment.
Tom holds a Masters in International Affairs from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a BA in History from the University of California at Berkeley.
THE POSITIONS REGARDING THE ATLANTIC ALLIANCE, EUROPEAN DEFENSE AND MORE
To consolidate Leonardo's development path in the United States of America, the company will therefore rely on an American diplomat with clear ideas about NATO, European defense and transatlantic relations.
In a recent interview with the Messenger , Smitham stressed that – despite the alternation of executives in Rome – US-Italy relations “are strong and are based on shared values: democracy, human rights, freedom of expression, economic prosperity.
Again in an interview with the Roman newspaper of December 2021 , Smitham spoke instead of China, NATO and European defense. "China is a danger to our economies", the common European defense force is fine "but NATO remains central" and cannot be sent to the attic, underlined the American diplomat.
For Smitham “NATO remains the most successful alliance in history. EU strength for the United States is not a problem, on the contrary we think it can be complementary to NATO ”. According to the former charge d'affaires, “China threatens our economies. For this we must promote transparent, honest and clear investments. Their threat also extends to the values we share with our allies. And on this point we and Italy have the same idea on how to deal with China, even trying to collaborate with them when possible ".
This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/economia/thomas-d-smitham-ecco-cv-e-pensiero-del-nuovo-top-manager-di-leonardo-negli-usa/ on Fri, 16 Sep 2022 18:26:23 +0000.