Inertial Navigation Experts


Civitanavi Systems is one of the main players in the sector of high-tech inertial navigation and stabilization systems.

Thanks to a vertically integrated business model and a constant desire for technological innovation, Civitanavi excels in the design, development and production of high precision inertial navigation and stabilization systems.

The application of proprietary methods and technologies, based on FOG (Fiber Optic Gyroscope) and MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology, enables the company to best meet the specific needs of its customers, depending on the sector in question: Aerospace, Defence and Industrial.

These procedures, part of a clear and effective long-term growth and expansion strategy, make the group an excellence in its field of activity. Founded as a start-up in 2012 in Italy, Civitanavi was recognised as an innovative SME in 2017 and today is presented as a benchmark in the global competitive scenario.

With the aim to constantly improve, a team of global experts in the field of inertial technologies grants the company to offer the highest standards of quality, thanks to the introduction of increasingly cutting-edge techniques and components.

The company operates from its registered office in Pedaso (on the Adriatic coast of the Marche region) and other four sites in Ardea (Rome) Casoria (Naples) and Turin.

Civitanavi Systems S.p.A. is a listed company on Euronext Milan, it is controlled by Civitanavi Systems Ltd (holding) which unites an international pool of strategic investors.

Company Core Values

Teamwork: “It is a common effort” – Communication, openness and sharing of the objectives are the keys of success. Employees’ interests are Company’s interests and Company’s interests are Employees’ interests.

Target oriented: “We take things seriously” – We treat problems as jewelleries and understand that the only way to successful growth is by solving problems. We have a lot of passion and we have the right amount of “Crazy”: we don’t stop until we hit the target. Always!

Technology: “Devoted to Innovation” – We are focused on developing technology to create innovation, with a clear path from research and development to products for the marketplace. The purpose of innovation is for better products in the eyes of our customers.

Customer Satisfaction: “We want to solve our customers’ problems” – It is always OUR problem: we do not care if it is our issue or our customers’ issue, we want to make them happy by providing the right solution.

Loyalty & Integrity: “Whatever you do, do it right” – Doing the right thing requires honesty and truthfulness in all of our corporate and individual actions. We employ professionals who can always be counted on to do the right thing wherever they are.


Andrea Pizzarulli

Chief Executive Officer and co-founder

Andrea served as Director of Advanced Research Center at GEM Elettronica, a privately held company working on Defense Inertial navigation systems based on in house developed fiber optic gyroscope technology.

Previously he was founder and CEO of Xanto Technology a start-up company developing cryptographic embedded systems. Prior to this he was Director of a microelectronics design center of Torino Wireless. From 2000 to 2005 he worked at Terawave Communication in Silicon Valley USA as chief engineer for advanced optronic subsystems for telecom industry. Andrea graduated in optical telecommunication from Polytechnic University of Marche (Ancona, Italy).

Mike Perlmutter

Executive VP Strategic Management and co-founder
Mike served as president of Skylight Navigation working with several start-up companies and is an active member of Converge Venture Partners. Previously Mike worked at Fibersense Technology, a company he co-founded in 1994 in a friendly spin-off from Northrop. Fibersense was one of the world’s leaders in advanced inertial navigation and stabilization technology.

In 2002 Fibersense was purchased by Northrop Grumman where Mike continued to work at the Navigation Systems Division as Director of Strategy and Planning until 2007. Prior to founding Fibersense Technology Mike worked on the development of various gyroscopes at Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. He has three degrees from MIT and 17 issued patents.

Letizia Galletti

Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Director
Letizia served as Senior Manager at Ernst & Young for 13 years. Letizia is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and a Qualified Public Auditor and brings to Civitanavi Systems a strong professional skills in accounting, financial statements and controlling process, as well as broad financial experience in multinational complex business groups and middle market, mainly in the industrial, manufacturing and commercial industry. Letizia graduated in Economics from Polytechnic University of Marche (Ancona, Italy).

Massimo Verola

Director Engineering
Massimo acted as Program Manager in Northrop Grumman Italia for the development and series production of the Inertial Navigation System designed for a multirole combat aircraft. Previously he played the role of Technical Leader in Quadrics, a FINMECCANICA company, specialized in High Performance Scientific and Embedded Computing, where he developed a Mission Computer for the Alenia UAV program.

Massimo has cumulated a professional experience of 25 years in the area of Software Engineering in complex scientific and engineering applications, Control System Engineering, Parallel Computing, Avionics Systems and Inertial Navigation, working for major engineering industries (IBM, FINMECCANICA) and for research institutions (National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Frascati, European Southern Observatory in Munich, Germany). He has also taught for 4 years the Operating Systems course as adjunct professor at the University of Rome La Sapienza.

His technical background spans the fields of embedded and avionics systems, navigation sensors, program management techniques, software engineering methodologies, control systems and signal processing. He is also very knowledgeable about configuration control and SW certification, as well as quality assurance requirements.
Massimo graduated in 1989 in Electronics Engineering, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” (Italy).

Roberto Senatore

Chief Technology Officer

Graduated in Electronics Engineering, Università degli Studi di Salerno, SALERNO, ITALY. Working knowledge in inertial systems, related navigation equations and sensors fusion algorithms: advanced Kalman filter design and tuning, stochastic and deterministic modellization and characterization of different classes of gyroscopes and accelerometers, calibration algorithm developer of various inertial sensors.

Experienced in development process of software and firmware components according to the RTCA/DO-178B e RTCA/DO-254 standards for safety critical avionic devices to Design Assurance Level (DAL) A and B. Experienced in software and VHDL architecture design of real-time processing of inertial and GPS data: filtering pre-processing, health integrity checks and failures detection of sensors, FIR/IIR and non-linear filtering, smart sensor fusion algorithms, artificial neural network design and tuning. Experienced in software development of device drivers and HAL for Windows CE OS.

Alan E. Kaile

VP Business Development Aerospace and Defence

Alan has recently joined Civitanavi providing his extensive business development experience in managing growth and innovation in the aerospace and defence market segment. Previously Alan has worked as a Senior Consultant with Selex ES in the UK and Italy developing sales in advanced, Active e scan IFF products through to production in particular for a current, successful, new generation fighter program.

Alan led a turn-around in the growth profile of the inertial business in Northrop Grumman Italy over a 10 year period and was instrumental in creating and implementing innovative FOG based and other inertial products into an international market place, including the United States, UK and Pakistan.

Alan has previously worked with Aviointeriors in the civil aircraft interior business leading the commercial, sales and marketing team turning in double digit annual growth during his 10 year tenure. Prior to that Alan has worked in various sales ,marketing and engineering positions with Litton Industries, GEC Marconi and Bae Systems. He has a degree from the University of Reading in the UK and participated in financial and business courses in the United States at the Wharton School, Philadelphia and Harvard Business School, Boston.

Steve Toghill

Director of Business Development Industrial Products

Steve studied Electronics & Electrical Engineering at Surrey University in Guildford UK. In 1987 he moved to Germany to work as R&D engineer with Litef in Freiburg, designing electronics for AHRS and INS systems. In 1992 he was involved in the development of Litef’s first FOG AHRS system (LCR92), destined to become a benchmark product in aviation and land navigation.

From 1996 to 2008 he started and developed his own company specializing in the design and production of high reliability electronics for the automotive industry, including electronic braking, steering and starting systems. This included setting up global manufacturing partnerships and quality systems, and managing key processes from design to end of life, as well as business development.

Mario Damiani

Strategies & Institutional Relationships

Mario has recently joined Civitanavi for Strategies and Institutional Relationships bringing almost 40 years experience and background in Aerospace and Defence activities. He started as Technical Officer in the Italian Air Force dedicated to procurement of specialised Avionics in the CNI field (Communication, Navigation, Identification).

He then joined Industry with various Business Development, Sales and Management positions in the Avionics field and later on on all Communications spectrum (Naval and Tactical) with Companies like Elmer, GEC Marconi, Selex Comms, Selex ES, Finmeccanica. He spent significant part of his career to manage International Aeronautical Cooperative Programmes like Tornado, EH101, Eurofighter, NH-90, NATO AWACS, NATO AGS, JSF, MIDS-LVT etc building relationships at european and USA level supporting also the Italian Government initiatives.

To this purpose, he has been Member of the Board of various Companies like Euromids, Essor (European Software Defined Radio), Sirio Panel. Mario is graduated in Physics at La Sapienza Rome University and attended various business and managemet courses within GEC Marconi and Finmeccanica organizatios.

Lucia Cingolani

Human Resources Manager

Lucia has consolidated an important experience within the Company, serving in Civitanavi Systems since its foundation in the areas of finance and administration, export control, customer service, communication and human resources management.

Today she is in charge of Human Resources.

Lucia is graduated cum Laude in History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from University of Macerata.