Kevin Graney became president of General Dynamics Electric Boat in October 2019.
Graney began his shipbuilding career with General Dynamics Electric Boat in 1995, as a senior engineer, working on the high-speed turbine generator set for the Virginia-class submarine. He was then assigned as a fluid systems supervisor, working with Newport News Shipbuilding to design the reactor plant fluid systems of the next-generation aircraft carrier – the CVN 78 program. He later managed a team of Electric Boat designers and engineers in the development of fluid systems for the British Astute-class submarine program. After working on the British submarine program, he became the program manager of capital projects and metrics in the Virginia-class submarine program office. He joined NASSCO in January 2006 as director of quality assurance and was promoted to vice president of engineering in July 2007. In 2010, Graney assumed the post of vice president of Programs and in January 2013 was promoted to vice president of Operations. In November 2013, Graney was named vice president and general manager, a position he held until assuming the role of president.
Graney was born in Cheektowaga, New York, in January 1964. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering and nuclear science from State University of New York Maritime College in 1986. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a naval officer and served aboard submarines and as an instructor at Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa in New York. Graney currently lives in Stonington, Connecticut and is married to Cheryl Kidd Graney from Colchester, Connecticut. Together, they have a daughter, Katherine.
Kurt A. Hesch
Senior Vice President, Programs
Kurt A. Hesch was named Senior Vice President of Programs in 2019 and is responsible for the Virginia and Columbia programs, as well as fleet maintenance and modernization and planning efforts. Before that he was chief operating officer, vice president of Engineering and Design, and vice president for the Virginia-class program. He began his career at Electric Boat in 1980 as a structural engineer in the Ohio-class SSBN program. Since then, Hesch has worked in positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and program management. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1980 and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992.
Vice President, Quality
Will Lennon was appointed Vice President of Quality in June, 2019. In this position he is responsible for nuclear and non-nuclear quality assurance, industrial radiography, welding engineering and materials engineering. Prior to this assignment, Lennon held positions as Vice President of the Columbia-class Submarine Program; Vice President of Maintenance, Modernization and Life-Cycle Programs; Vice President of Operations, overseeing manufacturing, construction and test activities at the Groton shipyard; and as the Virginia-class program manager through the design and delivery of the lead ship. He began his career at Electric Boat in 1981 as a Test Engineer. Lennon holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Rhode Island.
Vice President, Chief Supply Officer
Beth Rafferty was named Vice President and Chief Supply Officer in June 2021. In this position, she is responsible for the material and acquisition value stream across the business, including design and engineering, construction, material conveyance, supply chain development, strategic sourcing and product life cycle. Beth began her career at Electric Boat in 1994 and has served in a range of positions including Director of Integrated Power Systems, Director of Naval Architecture and Structural Engineering and Design, and most recently as Vice President of the Columbia Program. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York Polytechnic University and is a graduate of the company’s business leader program.
Vice President, Nuclear Operations and Fleet Support
Emil Casciano was named Vice President of Nuclear Operations and Fleet Support in January 2021. In this position, he is responsible for oversight of all nuclear waterfront departments, including Waterfront Engineering, NRMD, Radiological Controls, the Compatibility Test Facility and the Planning Yard. Prior to this assignment, he was Vice President of Design and Engineering. Emil began his career at Electric Boat in 2013 as Program Manager for fleet support and for the UK TRIDENT Program Office. He joined Electric Boat following a distinguished 31-year career in the naval submarine force during which he served as commanding officer of USS Philadelphia and Commander of Submarine Squadron Two in Groton, with responsibility for seven Navy ships and crews, including six submarines. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America.
James P. Gildart
Vice President, Groton Operations
James P. Gildart was named vice president of Groton Operations in April 2017. He is responsible for manufacturing, construction, and test activities at the shipyard with a focus on continuing Electric Boat’s record of delivering submarines on or under budget and ahead of schedule. Previously, he was the chief nuclear officer responsible for nuclear work and testing performed at Electric Boat Groton and the Nuclear Repair Maintenance Department at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Gildart joined the company in 1986 as a nuclear shift test engineer and progressed through a series of Engineering and Operations management positions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College. He is also a graduate of the company’s business leader program.
Vice President, Columbia Program
Eric Snider was named Vice President of the Columbia Program in June 2021. In this position, he is responsible for the U.S. Navy’s Columbia Class Submarine Program and collaborative support provided to the UK’s Dreadnaught Program. Eric joined General Dynamics Applied Physical Sciences (APS) as Chief Engineer and Senior Vice President in September 2020. Before joining APS, he served for 34 years in Naval Reactors in a series of positions, and last reported directly to Admiral Caldwell as Program Manager for the Virginia program. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Vice President, Design and Engineering
Matt Olander was named Vice President of Design and Engineering in January 2021. In this position, he is responsible for completing the Columbia and Virginia Block V designs, shaping the future Virginia blocks, and concept development for the next-generation submarine, SSNX. Prior to this assignment, he was the Director of the Virginia Design and CONFORM Programs. Matt has over 25 years of experience at Electric Boat and has held positions of increasing responsibility. He graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and from University of Connecticut with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science. In 2004, he received the General Dynamics Technology Excellence Award.
Matthew S. Luxton
Vice President, General Counsel
Matthew S. Luxton was appointed vice president and general counsel in February 2017. Luxton is responsible for Electric Boat’s legal matters, including environmental and real estate issues, government and vendor contracts, intellectual property, commercial transactions, export compliance, litigation, employment law and workers’ compensation law. Most recently, he served as vice president and general counsel for NASSCO and Bath Iron Works. Luxton began his career in 1988 as an engineer in the Guidance and Control department of General Dynamics Space Systems Division in San Diego. Luxton earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology, a law degree from Hamline University School of Law, and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Vice President, Virginia Program
Larry Runkle became vice president of the Virginia Program in May 2020. In this role, he is responsible for design, construction, final assembly, test and delivery of Virginia-class submarines for the U.S. Navy. Prior to this assignment, Larry was Director of Virginia Class Submarine Construction Programs and Director of Maintenance and Modernization, where he was responsible for submarine repair work, modernization and site operations. Earlier in his career, Larry served as program manager for several highly successful Electric Boat programs. Larry joined Electric Boat in 1984 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Vice President, Human Resources
Andrew Bond became Vice President of Human Resources in June 2020. In this position, he is responsible for staffing, employee relations, benefits, health and wellness, labor relations, training and communications. Prior to joining Electric Boat, Andrew was the Vice President of Human Resources at Bath Iron Works. He joined Bath in 1998, working on the concept design for the DDG 1000 ZUMWALT Class destroyer and later graduated from BIW's Engineering Development Program. Andrew holds a bachelor's degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute and a master's degree in System Design and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Vice President, Facilities Master Plan
Joe Drake became Vice President of the Facilities Master Plan in 2020. He has responsibility for oversight of a $2 billion project that will strengthen Electric Boat's infrastructure, expand our footprint and enable us to deliver both Virginia and Columbia-class submarines to the Navy. Joe is a recognized expert in leading large, complex facilities expansions. He joined Gulfstream as Director of Real Estate in 2007 and was named Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities at Gulfstream in 2013. Joe received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky.
Vice President, Finance
Mark Rayha was named Vice President of Finance in 2019. Before joining Electric Boat, Mark was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of General Dynamics Mission Systems and previously serviced as Staff Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis for General Dynamics. He earned a Bachelor of Business degree, with concentrations in accounting and finance and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Vice President, Planning
Ray Gabriel became vice president of Planning in May 2020. In this role, Ray is responsible for the efficient flow of work through the various functions that contribute to the construction of a submarine. Prior to this assignment, Ray was Manager of Nuclear Resources and Operations. Before that, he served as Director of Ship Test and Docking Operations. Ray joined Electric Boat in 2016 after a distinguished 32-year career as a submarine Naval Officer. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida and is a graduate of EB’s Business Leader Group program.
Other Key Senior Staff
Director, Strategic Planning
Chief Information Officer
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Peter BakerPresident, Metal Trades Council of New London County, AFL-CIO
William E. LouisPresident, Marine Draftsmen's Association MDA-UAW, Local 571, Port of New London
David KeithPresident, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Worker, District 26
Robert C. TardifChief Steward/Business Agent, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 1302
Damien KimBusiness Manager/Financial Secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186
Electric Boat Management AssociationMark Wiggins
Electric Boat Athletic ClubJon Carr
Electric Boat Apprentice Alumni AssociationPam Gonski
Women in Defense New England Shoreline ChapterSusan B. Pecoraro
Black Engineering CouncilWilmar Lambert
Hispanic Shipbuilders AssociationSaray Checo
Electric Boat Retired Salaried Employees AssociationPete Halvordson