Thomas A. Cellucci, PhD, MBA
Chairman & CEO
Cellucci is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, managing partner of sizeable ($2B scale) Private Equity fund and senior executive/Board member with experience in both the private and public sectors.
He was appointed the first Chief Commercialization Officer in the US Federal government. During his public service, Cellucci was often described in the worldwide press as “A Strategist that EXECUTES” and a “Change Agent” in the public sector by developing and implementing innovative public-private partnerships that enabled the cost-effective and efficient development of products and services to keep the nation safe–all at the benefit of the taxpayer. In addition, he still receives between 40-50 invitations per week to serve as the keynote speaker at a variety of business, technical and government venues. Besides his business acumen and technical expertise, Cellucci has proudly been a First Responder for over 34 years.
Specialties: Private Equity, Senior Executive Management and Active Board Membership of both public and private firms; Pioneer in the development of Public-Private Partnerships; and Recognized Expert in the Commercialization of Emerging Technologies that holds active TS/SCI clearance.
Cellucci developed and implemented a commercialization process while at DHS and established both the SECURE and FutureTECH programs– innovative public-private partnerships to leverage both public and private sector research and development to cost-effectively and efficiently develop technologies, products and services for DHS stakeholders. Cellucci instilled a “commercialization mindset” within the government that focused on requirements development, forming partnerships and increasing the speed-of-execution to address high priority technology challenges. Cellucci’s partnerships with the private sector leveraged well in excess of $350 million in independent research & development investments directly related to homeland security needs.
In 2010, while continuing to serve as Chief Commercialization Officer, Cellucci was asked to serve as Director of the Office of Public-Private Partnerships and was responsible for the effective integration of the Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) procurement process, Office of SAFETY Act Implementation (OSAI), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Office as well as the Commercialization Office. In addition, he was asked to serve as the Director of the Research & Development Partnerships (RDP) Group to integrate and leverage the more than $8B in DHS assets and the expertise of more than 1400 team members through the group’s investments in national labs, universities, international partners, special programs and the private sector and government interagency partners to deliver solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE). After using his integration and management skills to form a cohesive RDP group, he was then asked to serve as DHS Senior Counselor, as well as the Chief Commercialization Officer.
Cellucci is an accomplished entrepreneur, seasoned senior executive and Board member possessing extensive corporate and VC experience across a number of worldwide industries. Profitably growing high technology firms at the start-up, mid-range and large corporate level has been his trademark. In 1999, he founded a highly successful management consulting firm, Cellucci Associates, Inc. He has authored or co-authored more than 23 books and over 162 articles on requirements development, commercialization, nanotechnology, laser physics, photonics, environmental disturbance control, MEMS test and measurement, and mistake-proofing processes. Cellucci co-authored ANSI Standard Z136.5 “The Safe Use of Lasers in Educational Institutions.” He has also held the rank of Professor or Lecturer at institutions like Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Camden Community College.
Cellucci was an early pioneer in advancing the field of nanotechnology in American science, engineering and manufacturing. Dr. Cellucci was instrumental in progressing America’s nanotechnology agenda through his bi-partisan work with Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and many leaders in the United States Senate. Dr. Cellucci’s contributions made possible the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) signed by President George W. Bush in 2004 that added over $3.9 billion to the federal budget specific to the advancement of nanotechnology.
Dr. Cellucci was active in discovering and fostering strategic partnerships that brought nanotechnology into a wide array of consumer products — transitioning Zyvex Corporation, as its President and Chief Operating Officer from a nanotech technology-push to market-driven enterprise. Profitably growing firms has been his trademark. In addition, he regularly interacts with high ranking members of the United States government—including the White House, US Senate and House of Representatives. He is often asked to serve as keynote speaker at both business and technical events around the world.
Dr. Cellucci has been involved in a number of philanthropic and volunteer pursuits as well. Cellucci served as a Fellow with the Smithsonian Institution’s James Smithson society for five years where he was the primary fund raiser for the Smithsonian with a special emphasis on the National Portrait Gallery’s American Presidents Collection. Cellucci was involved in securing funds for portraits of two Presidents and First Ladies – President and Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton and President and Mrs. George W. Bush. Cellucci has served as a local volunteer firefighter for over 30 years and was commissioned as an Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry in 2008. Cellucci serves as the Commander of the 3-D (“Detect, Deter and Defend”) Security Command Squadron in the State of Texas with the purpose of educating, preparing and organizing civilians across the state to assist in disaster response efforts.
Dr. Cellucci served on President Barack Obama’s Startup America initiative as the Department of Homeland Security representative. Cellucci promulgated many of the commercialization programs he begun at DHS and identified ways to expand similar efforts across the entire Federal Government to spur innovation while promoting public-private partnerships across government. In addition, Cellucci represented the Department of Homeland Security on the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Interagency Working Group on Advanced Manufacturing, aimed at re-establishing American supremacy in this field.
As a result of his consistent achievement in the commercialization of technologies and role as DHS’s first Chief Commercialization Officer, Cellucci has received numerous awards from industry, government and business. In addition, he has had the opportunity to interact with high ranking members of the United States government—including the White House, US Senate and US House of Representatives—having provided several executive briefs to three Presidents of the United States and ranking Members of Congress. Cellucci is the first ever U.S. Federal Government representative to the Council on Competitiveness, a prestigious group of senior executives and thought leaders in business and academia focused on ensuring the global competitiveness of the US in technology, innovation, education and industry.
Cellucci earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania (1984), an MBA from Rutgers University (1991) and a BS in Chemistry from Fordham University (1980). He has also attended and lectured at executive programs at the Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School, Kellogg School and others.
Tom and his wife Julie reside in Loudoun County, Virginia and are proud of their children — Laura, Emily, Katie, Brad and Drew.