With over three decades’ worth of expertise in helping international companies navigate the U.S. political and policy landscape, GBA is now launching the CEO Leadership Council to raise our collective voice. CEOs of U.S. subsidiaries possess unique perspectives and crucial awareness of the extraordinary challenges facing our nation. Yet, policymakers often overlook this sector of the U.S. business community as they grapple to meet the moment. The CEO Leadership Council seeks to reverse this trend.
GBA's 2022 CEO Leadership Council:
Pedro Azagra, Chief Executive Officer, AVANGRID
Pedro Azagra Blázquez is the Chief Executive Officer of AVANGRID, Inc. Azagra is a member of the Executive Committee of Iberdrola, Executive Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Committee of Avangrid, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors and the Financial Committee of Neoenergia Group.
Mr. Azagra earned a business degree and a law degree from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He has served as Professor of Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions at Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, Spain since 1998.
Jean-Yves Fillion, U.S. CEO, BNP Paribas USA
Jean-Yves Fillion is Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas USA, overseeing the bank’s wholesale and retail activities in the United States.
Fillion has been with BNP Paribas for 38 years, 31 of which he has spent in the United States between Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas USA and on the Boards of its subsidiaries: Bank of the West Corporation and BNP Paribas US Wholesale Holdings, Corp., for which he is Chairman of the Board. He is also a Director of the Advisory Board of Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), his alma mater. In line with the bank’s worldwide commitment to tennis, Mr. Fillion is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Mr. Fillion received a Master’s degree from Dauphine University and his MBA from HEC in Paris. He also studied at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University in Chicago.
Hugh Welsh, President, DSM North America
Hugh C. Welsh is the President & General Counsel of DSM North America, a global leader in health, nutrition and biosciences.
Hugh serves on DSM’s global leadership team and has various responsibilities for DSM’s North American operations across 40 sites with 4,000 employees. Hugh also serves as Board Secretary to Veramaris LLC and is General Counsel to Africa Improved Foods and Hologram Sciences. Hugh is the Co-Chair of the ReadyNation CEO Early Life Task Force focused on addressing the nation’s childcare crisis. Hugh also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Partners in Food Solutions, the Board of the US Chamber of Commerce Citizens Center, the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, the National Diversity Council, the Board and Executive Committee of the Global Business Alliance, the Board of Governors of Union County College, the TriState Diversity Council, the Business Climate Leadership Council and previously served on the Board and Executive Committee of BIO, the American Chemistry Council and NYSE traded Patheon.
Hugh is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Seton Hall Law School, and Executive Leadership programs at IMD, Wharton Business School and Harvard Business School. He has been with DSM since 2004, having previously worked with the American Standard Companies and McCarter & English.
Anthony Allard, Head of North America, Hitachi Energy
Anthony Allard is Executive Vice President, Head of Hitachi Energy North America.
Allard was most recently Chief Operating Officer of BECIS, a leading energy service solution provider in Singapore. Having spent most of his career in the power sector at GE and Alstom in the U.S., he held several executive-level positions, including General Manager and Board Member for GE Prolec Transformers in the U.S. He was also General Manager for the GE - XD High Voltage Products partnership and spent ten years working for Alstom Grid in both North America and the Americas in Strategy and Operations management roles.
Allard holds an MBA from Yale University and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the Institute Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.
Robert LeFort, President, Infineon Technologies Americas Corp.
Robert (Bob) LeFort is President, Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. He is responsible for global customers based in the Americas and global businesses led from the Americas. Leading Infineon Americas since January 2015, LeFort led the integration of Cypress Semiconductor, a $10B acquisition, which received CFIUS approval in March and closed in April 2020.
LeFort joined Infineon Technologies in 2000 as Vice President, Automotive and Industrial Business, responsible for leading business activities in North America. Appointed President, Infineon Technologies North America in 2002, he restructured the organization and doubled regional revenue within four years. From 2013 to 2014, LeFort served as Corporate Vice President, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions for Infineon Technologies, based in Munich, Germany. In this role, he led the acquisition of International Rectifier, which was the largest acquisition in the company’s history prior to Cypress Semiconductor. After completion of the acquisition, LeFort moved back to the U.S. to lead the integration.
LeFort’s global experience in the electronics and semiconductor industries spans more than 35 years with companies addressing the automotive, industrial and IoT markets, including Delphi Corporation, Cherry Semiconductor (now a subsidiary of ON Semiconductor), Unitrode Inc. and Analog Devices.
In August 2019, LeFort was appointed to the United States Department of Commerce Investment Advisory Council (IAC). The IAC, led by Secretary Wilbur Ross, brings together 25 international business and economic leaders to advise Secretary Ross on government policies and programs to attract foreign direct investment to the United States.
LeFort holds an MBA with High Honors from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Viren Popli, President & CEO, Mahindra Group
Viren Popli, President & CEO of Mahindra Ag North America, is responsible for business operations in the U.S. and Canada for Mahindra Group's Farm Equipment Sector since 2018. In 2020, he added CEO responsibility for Mahindra Automotive North America, manufacturing the ROXOR SxS off-road vehicles.
Viren joined the Mahindra Group in 2009 and has served the company in a variety of leadership roles in marketing, strategic planning, business development and operations including the Chief Operating Officer of the Swaraj Division of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, India. His experience includes leadership positions in Mahindra & Mahindra’s corporate strategy office & Mahindra Two Wheelers. He also served as a board member on Gromax Agri Equipment, India.
Prior to his time at Mahindra, Viren spent 10 years at Star TV India Limited (a part of News Corporation and Twenty-First Century Fox). He also spent six years at the pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited as Country Manager. Viren earned an MBA in Marketing from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nagpur University. Viren also attended the Mahindra Universe program at Harvard Business School.
Megan Myungwon Lee, Chairwoman & Chief Executive Officer, Panasonic Corporation of North America
Megan Myungwon Lee is chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation of North America. In her role, Megan leads the company’s growth strategy and is responsible for guiding its ongoing business evolution.
With over thirty years of experience, Megan has served in a variety of leadership roles. She has been instrumental in spearheading new business initiatives, strategic planning, digitization of human resources management, as well as the company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy. After joining Panasonic in 1987, Megan was entrusted with human resources and strategic planning assignments in the U.S. and Japan, including leadership of the international human resources team in Osaka. In 2004, Megan returned to the U.S. to serve Panasonic North America as Vice President of Human Resources, Diversity and Corporate Giving. Most recently, Megan served as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President of Corporate Planning and Strategic Initiatives.
Megan serves as Board Chair of the Panasonic Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides disadvantaged students with the skills and credentials they need to lead fulfilling and successful lives in a global 21st-century economy. She is also a Board Member of the Newark Museum of Art.
Karen Fichuk, CEO & Executive Board Member, Randstad North America
Karen Fichuk is CEO of Randstad North America and Executive Board Member for Randstad N.V.
As the leader of Randstad’s core business brands in the U.S. and Canada, Karen is responsible for the largest market by revenue in the company’s global portfolio. She joined the organization in 2019, bringing expertise in data, analytics and technology gained from over 25 years of experience outside of the staffing industry. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and featured on “Good Morning America” and on Bloomberg Business Radio. In 2020, Karen was named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ Global Power 100 List of Women in Staffing.
Currently, Karen serves on the Board of Trustees for the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) and is a member of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion coalition. She is proud to represent Randstad as a member of the Velocity Network Foundation, a cooperative nonprofit whose mission is to put people back in control of their career data and build the world’s network for verifiable career credentials powered by blockchain technology.
Karen is based in Chicago and is a graduate of Colorado State University. She completed a fellowship with the International Women’s Forum at Harvard Business School.
Barbara Humpton, President & CEO, Siemens USA
Barbara Humpton is President and CEO of Siemens Corporation, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market.
Most recently, Humpton served as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens’ products and services for federal government agencies and departments. In this role, Humpton also served as an officer/director member of the board of directors of SGT.
Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Humpton served as a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential.
Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Barbara is Chairman of the Siemens Corporation Board, the Siemens Foundation and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). She serves on the board of directors of the Triumph Group, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband David.
Thomas J. Doll, President & Chief Executive Officer, Subaru of America, Inc.
Thomas J. Doll is President and Chief Executive Officer for Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA). As the company’s most senior executive, he is responsible for overseeing operations for the entire organization.
Doll joined SOA in 1982, and from 1985 to 1988, he was the Manager of Treasury Operations. In 1988, he was promoted to Director of Treasury Operations and then to Director of Accounting one year later. In 1991, Doll became Vice President of Business and Strategic Planning. From there, he was promoted to CFO, responsible for business and strategic planning, budgeting, controller functions, accounting and financial reporting. In April 2009, Doll advanced to the role of Chief Operating Officer and in April 2013, was named SOA’s President. In June 2018, SOA parent company Subaru Corporation (SBR) promoted Doll to President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining SOA, he spent five years at Arthur Young and Company.
Doll received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree from Drexel University. Doll is active in several financial organizations, including the American Institute of CPAs.
Alan Pellegrini, Chief Executive Officer, Thales North America
Alan Pellegrini has served as the CEO of Thales North America since 2017, leading the company’s 6,000 employees across the region in engineering innovative technology solutions.
Pellegrini has over 25 years of experience both at Thales and at other leading companies across the technology industry. Pellegrini joined Thales in 2007 to lead the company’s InFlyt Entertainment and Connectivity business. In this role, he drove the revitalization of the company’s portfolio and led strategic initiatives to position the business for sustained market leadership. Assuming the role of CEO of Thales USA in 2013, Pellegrini supported the acquisition of several U.S.-based companies which have reshaped Thales’ technology profile across big data, connectivity and cybersecurity.
Prior to Thales, Pellegrini served in senior executive roles at Rockwell Collins, Panasonic, and Hughes Electronics, in addition to leading two entrepreneurial ventures in aviation communications.
Marc Merrill, President & CEO, Uniper North America
Marc Merrill is President & CEO of Uniper North America, where he has overall responsibility for the Uniper Group’s activities in the region. Marc previously has held numerous leadership and board positions within the Uniper Group, including as a member of the Board of Management of Uniper Global Commodities SE in Dusseldorf, Germany. He has particular experience building, leading and restructuring global teams in the context of the energy transition. He is based at Uniper North America head offices in Houston, Texas.
Prior to joining Uniper, Marc was in private legal practice in Munich, Germany, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas-Austin. He also studied law in Germany and France. He is fluent in German.