Dan Gelston

President, L3 Technologies

Dan Gelston currently serves as President of L3 Technologies Broadband Communications Systems sector and President of Communications Systems-West division.  Employing over 3,800 engineers and support staff, the sector is a recognized leader in the design and production of state-of-the-art data links, SATCOM modems, terminals, and tactical signal intercept equipment.

Mr. Gelston joined L3 Technologies with 20 years of leadership experience in the US military, Intelligence Community and defense industry. A turnaround and growth specialist, he has led product and service businesses focused on national, homeland, and cyber security, and has first-hand merger and acquisition experience in both buy/integrate and sell/operate.

Prior to L3 Technologies, Mr. Gelston served as the President and CEO of Smiths Detection, Inc. In this role, he had full operational and fiduciary responsibility for a stand-alone, 1,000+ employee company that specialized in security and detection technologies, manufacturing specialized products for the detection and identification of contraband and chemicals, biologicals, radiological materials and explosives.

Mr. Gelston’s military experience includes active and reserve duty from 1998 to 2007. As an Armor and Military Intelligence officer, he served both stateside and overseas. Mr. Gelston holds a Masters of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelors of Arts double major in Economics and International Strategic Studies.