OUR TEAM

Anne Marie Pellerin
Founder and Managing Partner

With over 15 years of diverse experience in the defense and homeland security sectors, Anne Marie combines strategic thinking and technical know-how to advise senior executives on some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities in aviation, transportation, and security.

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As founder and managing partner of LAM LHA, she works alongside some of the industry’s most recognized companies, airports, and associations to enhance an understanding of market challenges and drivers, and to accelerate the testing and deployment of effective and sustainable solutions.  Anne Marie spearheads LAM LHA’s strategy engagements and multi-stakeholder coalition building activities.

Having served as a senior executive in the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in both the US and Europe, Anne Marie is uniquely positioned to navigate US, European, and global regulatory environments and related trends. While with DHS, she served as executive director of the US Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Checkpoint of the Future Program, overhauling the agency’s passenger security strategy and launching multiple new domestic and international partnership initiatives, including security scanner/advanced x-ray deployment, mobile boarding pass, and risk-based passenger screening. In addition, Anne Marie offers unparalleled experience leading government-to-government dialogue and initiatives in cargo, behavior detection, passenger and baggage screening, and cyber security.

Anne Marie began her career working for former US Secretary of Defense William Cohen as a consultant at The Cohen Group. She has a master’s degree in foreign policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in history/German from Wake Forest University.  She also serves as a Senior Industry Advisor to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and as Chair of Airports Council International Europe’s (ACI-E) New Experience on Travel and Technologies (NEXTT) Task Force.

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Marie-Caroline Laurent
Director, Europe Practice

Marie-Caroline leads LAM LHA’s European practice, offering over a decade of broad expertise in aviation security, regulatory strategy, and passenger facilitation matters. She works closely with clients to track regulatory developments in Europe, anticipate future changes, map related challenges, and effectively engage key decision-makers when it matters most.

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In addition, Marie-Caroline supports a range of clients to establish win-win pilot opportunities with European airports and airlines, actively supporting stakeholders from the conception phase to trial closure and reporting.
Marie-Caroline formerly served as assistant director with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Brussels, where she developed IATA’s position on EU legislation impacting the aviation sector, advocated on IATA member airlines’ behalf, and developed and implemented IATA’s security and travel facilitation strategies. Prior to her tenure at IATA, Marie-Caroline held positions related to aviation and transport policy with EU trade associations and in the European Parliament. She worked in the European Parliament as an adviser to a French MEP on aviation issues and was manager for security and cargo at the Association of European Airlines (AEA). In addition, she served as a senior policy adviser at the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union, where she advised on customs policy and intellectual property.
She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Sciences Po Paris (IEP) and second master’s degree in European policies from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Marie-Caroline is also a certified IATA external instructor, regularly leading IATA courses on Passenger Data Exchange Programs.

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Matthieu Gualino
Associate Director

Matthieu recently joined the LAM LHA team, and brings with him 13 years of experience in the area of transportation security. He has deep expertise in aviation security, including cybersecurity, risk management, training and security policy. Matthieu is certified as an aviation security instructor by ICAO, and received certification from ICAO to deliver its risk management workshop.

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Prior to joining LAM LHA, Matthieu worked for the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC). At ENAC, he delivered courses in aviation security and aviation cybersecurity to students and civil servants from various civil aviation authorities, and he represented ENAC within the ICAO aviation security training working group, the ECAC cybersecurity study group, ICAO Europe, and the North Atlantic Aviation Security Group. From 2016 to 2020, he was Deputy Director, and later acting Director of the ICAO Aviation Security Training Center in Toulouse.

Matthieu holds a PhD in political science. His doctoral thesis analyzed aviation security governance and assessed the possibility of implementing these policies in other transportation modes. He is a lecturer in political science and law applied to transportation security at Toulouse 1 Capitole University since 2010.

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Guillaume Xavier-Bender
Associate Director

With more than a decade of experience in international relations, political risk analysis and public affairs, Guillaume operates at the nexus between internal security, innovation and politics. His expertise in multi-stakeholder engagement and in strategic foresight, as well as his extensive knowledge of the EU, U.S. and French policy landscapes, allow him to help industry and regulators navigate through future trends.

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Previously, Guillaume served as Policy Director of Airlines for Europe (A4E) in Brussels, where he was in charge of aviation security, passenger data and border control, and cargo. He was part of the team which helped launch A4E to establish it as the leading association of European legacy, low-cost and cargo carriers. His role included providing strategic policy guidance, developing and leading advocacy campaigns, and representing member airlines in front of EU institutions and regulators.

Before joining A4E Guillaume was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where he led the think tank’s initiatives in Brussels on trade, the transatlantic economy, innovation and the digital economy. In addition to public speaking engagements, his comments and opinion pieces have appeared in outlets such as Euronews, CNN, CCTV, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, World Press Review, Euractiv, AFP and U.S. News. He continues to collaborate with GMF as a Non-Resident Transatlantic Fellow focusing on the link between internal security, technology and political economy, and on EU-US-Iran relations. He also designs and manages simulation exercises for young professionals in transatlantic relations.

Guillaume began his carrier in the French Prime Minister’s Services, working for the Secretariat General for Defense and National Security (SGDSN). A native of France, he has also lived in the U.S., Austria, and the Czech Republic. He holds a master’s degree in international economic policy from Sciences Po in Paris, a master’s degree in diplomacy and strategic negotiations from the Université Paris-Sud XI, and a bachelor’s in international law from the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas.

He is an active member of Women in International Security Brussels (WIIS Brussels).

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Charlotte de Lavarene
Program Analyst, Europe Practice

Charlotte handles a range of project management activities for the LAM LHA team in Europe, including overseeing LAM LHA partnerships with fellow consultants in the region. In addition, Charlotte manages the organization of strategic high-level events for clients and partners, and overseas internal coordination to ensure the trains are moving on time.

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French by birth, but having lived in the US for four years, she understands cross-cultural subtleties and “translates” person to person when duty calls. Prior to joining LAM LHA, Charlotte worked for a human resources firm in Paris. She has a bachelor’s degree in international business from ISCID, and a master’s degree in human resources from ESCP-EAP.

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Vivienne Azarcon
Program Analyst, US Practice

Vivienne drives a range of project management activities for the LAM LHA team in Washington – including coordinating directly with consulting partners for large-scale initiatives with the US airport community. She oversees quality controls for client deliverables, ensuring we under-promise and over-deliver.

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Vivienne was born in the US but grew up in the Philippines. Having learned to bridge two cultures from an early age, she enjoys the challenge of facilitating effective communication between far-flung collaborators, or diverse teammates. Before joining LAM LHA, Vivienne did a stint in management consulting with Deloitte, as well as communications for various nonprofits. She has an MBA from Duke University (where she learned her way around a spreadsheet, and spent a term in Barcelona at ESADE), and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of the Philippines.

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Andrew Goldsmith
Advisor, US Practice

Andrew is an Advisor to LAM LHA’s US practice and brings nearly 20 years of experience helping technology firms in the aviation, border security, and CBRNE sectors find new opportunities, communicate their value, and accelerate their growth.

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With functional expertise in strategic planning and marketing, Andrew has a deep understanding of the regulatory and technology trends that are transforming security, aviation and passenger experience. Having worked for a pre-IPO start-up, a global consulting firm and one of the leading security technology providers, he provides our clients with strategic perspectives without losing sight of the tactical, get-it-done realities.

Prior to joining LAM LHA, Andrew was CEO and founder of AGX Marketing, a boutique B2G consulting firm. AGX provided outsourced marketing and business development services to a range of technology firms, including a leading security AI firm, a top cloud computing management SaaS, and a provider of advanced CT imaging technology.

As the Vice President of Global Marketing for Rapiscan Systems, one of the largest providers of aviation and border security screening solutions, Andrew oversaw a global marketing team, helped build and support Rapiscan’s global distributor network – during a period when Rapiscan averaged double-digit top line growth. He played a key role in the launch of Rapiscan’s breakthrough high-speed EDS solution, and its highly successful outsourced cargo screening solution.

Andrew began his professional career as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ telecom and media practice, where he advised senior executives on marketing and business strategy. A Forbes.com contributor, Andrew has an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA in history and literature from Columbia University.

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