Pete Giambastiani

Pete Giambastiani

Head of Government Affairs & Policy, GE Aerospace

Pete Giambastiani is Vice President, Global Government Relations for GE Aerospace, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE). GE Aerospace is a 45,000-employee world leading provider of aircraft jet and turboprop engines and aircraft systems. En this role, he is responsible for leading engagements in the U.S. with the legislative branch, the executive branch including all federal agencies, business, and trade associations, and think tanks, as well as leading GE Aerospace's Washington D.C. office. Pete also manages GE Aerospace's government relations activities in Brussels with European Union institutions.

He joined GE Aerospace in September 2021 from Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), a 30,000-employee multi-industry manufacturing conglomerate, where he served as Vice President of Washington Operations. As Textron's lead lobbyist in Washington, Pete was a key advisor to the Textron CEO and led the company's engagements with Congress.

Prior to his position at Textron, Pete served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. In this role, Pete was instrumental in strategy development and execution for several high-level legislative campaigns on behalf of the Secretary of Defense and led the successful U.S. Senate confirmation process for 45 presidential nominees. He also served as a member of the presidential transition team for the Defense Department.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Pete served as chief of staff to a member of the Appropriations and Intelligence Committees and managed two successful reelection campaigns. He also served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy and in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare and intelligence officer, completing his final active-duty assignment as a liaison to the House of Representatives. During Pete's time as a ship driver, he was proud to be selected as "officer of the deck" for all complex domestic and international ship maneuvering evolutions onboard a 9600-ton Aegis Guided Missile Cruiser.

Pete received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Business Administration from the George Mason University School of Business, and is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii.

He is a recipient of the Defense Department's Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest award given to a non-career government official, and the Department of the Navy's Meritorious Public Service Award.