Our Leaders

Jeffrey S. Geiger

President

Jeffrey S. Geiger became president of General Dynamics Electric Boat on Nov. 4, 2013. Previously, Geiger was president of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a position he assumed in April 2009. Geiger joined Bath in 1984 and worked his way through key management positions. In 1993, he was named vice president of Engineering with responsibility for all engineering, design and logistic-support functions. Geiger earned a bachelor's degree in naval architecture and marine engineering at the University of Michigan in 1983, and was awarded a master's degree in naval architecture and marine engineering at the University of Michigan in 1984. He is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Geiger is a recipient of the Rosenblatt - Michigan Award for outstanding leadership in naval engineering, and the University of Michigan Alumni Society Merit Award. He also serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut.

Kurt A. Hesch

Chief Operating Officer

Kurt A. Hesch was named chief operating officer in August 2016, and is responsible for overseeing critical functions that include engineering and operations for Electric Boat. Before that, he served as 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.

Kenneth C. Blomstedt

Vice President

Quality and Radiological Controls

Kenneth C. Blomstedt was named vice president of Quality and Radiological Controls in August 2016. He is responsible for nuclear and non-nuclear quality assurance, radiological controls, industrial radiography, welding engineering and materials engineering. In this position, he is Electric Boat’s senior quality representative. Blomstedt joined Electric Boat in 1979, and in 2014 was named vice president and Virginia-class program manager; previously in the role of director, he was responsible for Virginia-class new construction and engineering programs including the Virginia Payload Module. Blomstedt earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Lowell. He also completed the Executive Program Manager’s Course at the Defense Systems Management College.

Sean Davies

Vice President

Quonset Point Operations

Sean Davies became vice president of Quonset Point Operations in August 2016, responsible for all site operations. Previously he was the general manager of Quonset Point responsible for all site operations including Submarine Module Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Facilities, Manufacturing Engineering and Support Services and Human Resources. Prior to this role, he was director of Facilities for Electric Boat’s Groton location. Davies began his career at Electric Boat in 1997 as a structural engineer and has since worked in positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Program Management, and Operations. He earned a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in 1996, and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2001.

T. Blair Decker

Vice President

Supply Chain, Materials and Strategic Sourcing

T. Blair Decker became vice president of Supply Chain, Materials, and Strategic Sourcing in August 2016. He leads 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. He has been instrumental in developing the procurement strategies that have helped secure the reputation of the Virginia-class as one of the nation's most successful shipbuilding programs. He was previously vice president for Quality and Material. Decker joined the company in 1979 as an associate buyer and has progressively advanced through multiple management positions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Fairfield University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of New Haven.

Maura M. Dunn

Vice President

Human Resources & Administration

Maura M. Dunn was named vice president of Human Resources and Administration in May 2014. She is responsible for safety and industrial hygiene; security and administration; labor relations; staffing and site administration; salary administration and employee relations; health, wellness and disability benefits; and training. Prior to her work at Electric Boat, Dunn spent nine years at General Dynamics' Advanced Information Systems (AIS) where she was vice president of Human Resources and Administration; AIS provides intelligence, surveillance and cyber services to a variety of U.S. government agencies. Before General Dynamics, she was with KBR/Halliburton, serving as chief operating officer of the Infrastructure Americas business unit and vice president of Global Strategy and Marketing for the Operations and Maintenance business unit. Dunn has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Richmond and an MBA from Averett University in business administration.

Terence J. Fedors

Vice President

Engineering and Design

Terence J. Fedors was named vice president of Engineering and Design in August 2016, and is responsible for all engineering and design for Electric Boat. Prior to this assignment, he was program director for the Moored Training Ship program, overseeing the conversion of two Los Angeles-class submarines into training platforms for U.S. Navy sailors entering the Naval Nuclear Propulsion programs. Joining Electric Boat in 1986 as an engineer on the Seawolf-class program, Fedors has had numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including manager of Human Resources and manager of Design and Engineering, overseeing development of structures for the Virginia-class submarine, SSGN conversion and Seawolf SSN23 port payload programs. Fedors has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

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.

William P. Lennon

Vice President

Columbia-Class Submarine Program

Will Lennon was appointed vice president of the Columbia-class Submarine Program in May 2012. In this position he is responsible for the U.S. Navy’s Columbia submarine program design and construction, and collaborative support provided to the UK’s Successor program. Prior to this assignment, Lennon held positions as the 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.

John V. Leonard, Jr.

Chief Financial Officer and

Vice President of Finance, Contracts, Strategic Planning and Applied Physical Sciences (APS)

John V. Leonard, Jr. was named chief financial officer and vice president in 2003, after serving as the vice president of finance, contracts and estimating. Previously, he was vice president of Finance at General Dynamics Land Systems. Since 2007, Leonard has been the chairman of the General Dynamics Contracts Council reporting to the General Dynamics chairman. He joined Electric Boat in 1980 as a financial analyst and has since held positions of increasing responsibility. Leonard served in the Marine Corps, attaining the rank of captain. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Columbia University in accounting finance.

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.

Kenneth M. Perry

Vice President

Program Integration and Concept Development

Ken Perry joined Electric Boat as vice president of Program Integration and Concept Development in 2015. Perry serves as a key contact with Navy senior leadership, Pentagon officials, industry groups and policy institutions to develop and implement advanced submarine and undersea capabilities that support the Navy and improve the company’s strategic position. Perry is responsible for EB's Washington Operations and the company's concept formulation group, payload integration, internal research and development, international programs, and elements of strategic planning. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and retired from the U.S. Navy as a rear admiral after 30 years of service. Perry earned master's degrees in business at Duke University and security strategy at the National War College, and studied government policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Cathy Smith

Vice President

Virginia Program

Cathy Smith was named vice president of the Virginia Program in May 2018. In this role, she is responsible for design, construction, final assembly, test, and delivery of Virginia-class submarines for the U.S. Navy. She joined EB more than 30 years ago as an engineer in Nuclear Construction Engineering and moved through various engineering positions primarily overseeing Propulsion Plant structures design and construction efforts on Seawolf and Virginia classes. In 2013, she was named Director, Waterfront Engineering, and joined the Virginia program office in 2014. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a graduate of the company’s business leader program.

Other Key Senior Staff

Michael P. Gresh

Chief Information Officer

Thomas N. Plante

Director

Strategic Planning

Larry Runkle

Director

Maintenance and Modernization

Bargaining Units:

Kenneth J. Delacruz

President
Metal Trades Council of New London County
AFL-CIO

William E. Louis

President
Marine Draftsmen's Association MDA-UAW
Local 571, Port of New London

David Keith

President
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Worker
District 26

Robert C. Tardif

Chief Steward/Business Agent
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 1302

Damien Kim

Business Manager/Financial Secretary
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186

Employee Organizations:

Electric Boat Management Association

Timothy K. Ryan
President

Electric Boat Athletic Club

Harry Martinez
President

Electric Boat Apprentice Alumni Association

Pam Gonski
President

Women in Defense New England Shoreline Chapter

Susan M. Godley
President

Black Engineering Council

Tolu Fayanjuola
President

Electric Boat Retired Salaried Employees Association

Kevin Murphy
President