Named President of Boeing Italy in January 2014, Antonio De Palmas focuses on strengthening Boeing’s partnership with Italy, expanding in-country business activities and pursuing development opportunities for the entire Boeing enterprise. He is based in Rome, Italy, and reports to Shep Hill, President of Boeing International and Senior Vice-President of Business Development and Strategy.
De Palmas joined Boeing in 2003. Before his Italy appointment, he was President of EU and NATO Relations, working with all European Institutions and representing Boeing’s interests in the European Union and at NATO. Prior to this position, De Palmas was Director of Communications in Italy. He was responsible for all company communications, including strategic planning and issues management. He developed and implemented stakeholder engagement plans and advocacy initiatives to support Boeing business objectives.
From 2000 to 2003, De Palmas was Director of Business Development for Cisco Systems in Milan. He launched and managed strategic initiatives for the company, such as the Cisco Networking Academy program, and was responsiblefor developing the education market and the company’s relations with the public sector.
Before joining Cisco Systems, De Palmas developed his career in Brussels in the EU policy areas for eight years. During this period, he spent three years as EU and Government Affairs Manager for Oracle EMEA and also was responsible for EU affairs for various business interests. De Palmas has been extensively involved in the liberalization of the telecom sector; the convergence 2 of the audiovisual, information technology and telecom sectors; and the development of electronic commerce.
An Italian native, De Palmas is a lawyer and is fluent in four languages:
Italian, Spanish, English and French.