Mr. Shirley is currently the CEO of The Pegasus Group, an International Trade and Consulting firm with offices in San Antonio, Washington, and New York. He is the former CEO of Westland Helicopter with over 30 years of public sector experience at the senior executive levels within the Department of Defense and commercial industry. He is widely recognized for documented successes in setting productive performance policies and making excellent executive decisions in the areas of administration, personnel management, defense acquisition, government contracting, aircraft maintenance, aerospace engineering, supply, budget, construction, finance, information technology, and aircraft operations. He is a skilled International Negotiator with experience in foreign military sales, joint ventures, defense issues, intelligence matters, and government contracting.
During more than a decade as a senior member of the public services teams at Rapidigm (Fujitsu Consulting), KPMG LLP, KPMG Consulting, and BearingPoint, he has demonstrated cross-firm, cross-spectrum skills in business development, strategic sourcing, strategic planning, program management, business process re-engineering, activity based costing/management, change management, outsourcing, information technology assessment and integration, logistics management and training management for clients in both the public and private sectors. He was recently directly involved with the successful market positioning, pursuit and win of the Presidential Helicopter Program valued at >$4B for the joint Lockheed Martin/Augusta Westland helicopter team. He was also a key member of the Northrup Grumman/EADS team that won the original Air Force Tanker contract. He has provided strategic leadership and public sector consulting business structuring advisory services to several of the largest global defense contractors. He completed a successful career in the Air Force, rising from Basic Airman to General Officer. He is a former fighter pilot and veteran of Vietnam and Desert Storm. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with degrees in Engineering Management and International Affairs and holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the University of Southern California.
He is a trustee of the Falcon Foundation at the United States Air Force Academy, member of the board of the Confiance Group, and senior board member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).