Pete Cannito

Chairman and CEO

Pete Cannito has over 25 years of experience in the defense, technology and government services industries. As the Chairman and CEO of Redwire, he formed the company, set the vision and currently provides the strategic direction to build a high growth, premier Space Infrastructure business.

Prior to his current role, he served as the CEO of Polaris Alpha, a high-tech solutions provider developing systems for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, with specialized experience in Space, Cyber and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Pete was responsible for 1,400 employees across 19 locations and 1 in the UK, including numerous classified facilities.

Under Pete’s leadership, Polaris Alpha’s revenues tripled in size in two years, and the company acquired and integrated five high-tech add-ons.

Pete previously held executive roles, including CEO and COO, at EOIR Technologies, an advanced C4ISR solutions provider. Earlier in his career, he led a team of software and systems engineers at Booz Allen Hamilton focused on critical defense and intelligence programs. Before that, he started a company focused on enterprise mobile computing.

He is an operating partner with AEI Industrial, a Private Equity investor with over $3B in assets under management and currently serves as Chairman of Gryphon Technologies and board member for Columbia Helicopters and American Pacific.

He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Delaware, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Related Sessions

Executive Interview with Pete Cannito

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

12:00 pm - 12:00 pm