Todd Donovan


VP, Strategy – Air Traffic Management

Todd Donovan has extensive global air traffic management experience, with more than 20 years of technical and leadership roles in the aviation industry. Currently, Donovan serves as Thales’ Vice President of Global Strategy for Air Traffic Management. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s initiatives, investments and partnerships in support of increased safety, capacity and efficiency of the global aviation system.

Most recently, Donovan served as Vice President and General Manager of Thales Aviation Solutions, leading the U.S. business development and growth strategy for commercial aviation. In this role, he was responsible for creating and implementing strategy, shaping and capturing new business opportunities, fortifying relationships with civil business partners and executing the resulting projects across the Air Traffic Management and Civil Avionics domains including Thales’ role in FAA NextGen programs such as Surveillance and Broadcast Services and DataComm. Additionally, Donovan was the global business development leader for The Link by Thales, a joint Thales avionics/ATM initiative focused on air/ground issues impacting aviation. Donovan also contributed to Thales’ global aviation strategy for SESAR, NextGen and ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) initiatives. Donovan serves on the RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee Working Subcommittee.

Prior to this role, Donovan served as Vice President, Air Traffic Management for the Navigation and Airport Solutions business line at Thales, where he developed and led the ATM growth strategy for Thales operating units in Germany, Italy and the U.S. Donovan played an instrumental role in Thales maintaining its market leadership in navigation as well as emerging as a leading supplier of ADS-B and multilateration systems. Coinciding with the launch of SESAR, Donovan was involved in forming Thales’ SESAR and NextGen strategies, understanding each program and translating them contextually between Europe and the U.S.to further Thales’ commitment as a bridge for international harmonization.

Before joining Thales, Donovan was Vice President of Strategy and Development for Saab Sensis Corporation where he managed the company’s growth strategy, investment in research and development and involvement in standards groups such as RTCA and EUROCAE. Donovan was the marketing leader for the organization during the emergence of multilateration technology, engaging in multilateration projects in the UK, France, Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Further, Donovan oversaw many ATC-related projects funded by NASA and the FAA, focused on emerging technologies and leading to innovative new products such as Aerobahn®.

Donovan has been involved in a variety of industry development activities including frequent publication of articles in leading publications such as ICAO Journal and The Journal of ATC; speaking activities at conferences such as The World ATM Congress and ATC Global, and events such as the EU Rendez-Vous SESAR: Developing a Modernized Air Traffic Management System for Europe; and workshops and forums hosted by CANSO, IEEE, ATCA, RTCA, NASA and Euro control.

Donovan received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, a Bachelors of Engineering from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University.