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FALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today announced that John P.Casey, president of General Dynamics Electric Boat, will succeed Phebe N.Novakovic as executive vice president of the corporation’s Marine Systems group.Novakovic was elected in March by the corporation’s board of directors to be itspresident and chief operating officer. In addition, Kevin J. Poitras, seniorvice president of engineering, design and business development of Electric Boat,will succeed Casey as president of Electric Boat. The appointments are effective May 2.
Inannouncing Casey’s appointment, Jay Johnson, chairman and chief executiveofficer of General Dynamics, said, “John Casey has done a superb job asPresident of Electric Boat. He fully understands the intricacies andopportunities facing the Marine Systems group and will excel at addressingthem. His experience in driving continuous improvement and dealing with thecomplexities of submarine design and manufacturing will benefit the entirecorporation.”
“I’mvery confident in Kevin Poitras’ ability to lead Electric Boat, furthering ourcommitment to disciplined program execution that ensures we continue to providethe U.S. Navy with the world’s most highly capable submarine fleet,” Johnsonsaid.
Casey,57, has been president of General Dynamics Electric Boat since October 2003. Hejoined Electric Boat in 1979 and served in a variety of increasinglyresponsible operations and management positions, including vice president ofoperations, before becoming president. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civilengineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in businessadministration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford, and amaster’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology.
Poitras,60, became senior vice president of engineering, design and business developmentin September, 2010.He joined ElectricBoat in 1973 as a construction support engineer and held positions ofincreasing responsibility within the engineering and operations departmentsbefore becoming vice president, engineering and design programs in 2005.He earned a bachelor’s degree in marineengineering from the Maine Maritime Academy.
TheGeneral Dynamics Marine Systems group is comprised of General Dynamics BathIron Works, Bath, Maine; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn., andQuonset Point, R.I.; and General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, Calif.The group is a leading U.S. shipbuilder,designing, building and supporting a diverse portfolio of ships for the U.S.Navy and commercial customers. These units employ approximately 20,600, andgenerated net revenue of $6.6 billion in 2011.
GeneralDynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 95,100people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land andexpeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marinesystems; and information systems and technologies. More information about thecompany is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.