CHRISTOPHER L. COLLINS ’79
Chief Operating Officer,
and Connectivity, Thales
Nominated by Ronald Boillat
Entrepreneur who pursues excellence by keeping his eyes on the sky.
As an MCC student who paid his way through college, Christopher “Chris” Collins never thought he would leave Rochester. Looking back, he credits his MCC experience for inspiring him to travel and live around the world. A resident of Florida, Chris earned an associate in applied science degree in business with a focus on marketing at MCC, followed by a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Florida College of Business and Finance.
He started his career as a flight attendant which sparked his interested in airline operations. His experience includes working for Continental Airlines and Frontier Airlines, both based in the United States, and Wizz Air, based in Hungary. With more than 30 years of domestic and international aviation experience, Chris led two successful airline start-ups, including JetBlue Airways.
In his current position at Thales InFlyt Entertainment and Connectivity, Chris is responsible for all strategic and operational initiatives as well as the launch of the company’s European business operation. Thales brings together air travel with satellite television and connectivity. He gives back to his local community through his support of Habitat for Humanity, Rotary Club and the chamber of commerce.