Our Leaders

Kevin Graney

President

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.

Will Lennon

Vice President, Quality and Radiological Controls

Will Lennon was appointed vice president of quality and radiological controls in June, 2019. In this position he is responsible for nuclear and non-nuclear quality assurance, radiological controls, 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.

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, Chief Supply Officer

T. Blair Decker became the vice president and chief supply officer in 2019.. 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.

Emil Casciano

Vice President, Engineering and Design

Emil Casciano was named vice president of Design and Engineering in July 2019. He is responsible for all engineering and design at Electric Boat. Prior to this assignment, Casciano was Chief Nuclear Officer. He began his career at Electric Boat in 2013 as Program Manager for fleet support and for the UK TRIDENT Program Office. From September 2014 through April 2017, he served as the Director of Mechanical Engineering and Design. Casciano 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. Casciano 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.

Beth Rafferty

Vice President, Columbia Submarine Program

Beth Rafferty was appointed Vice President of Columbia Class Program in July 2019. In this position she is responsible for the U.S. Navy’s Columbia Class Submarine Program and collaborative support provided to the UK’s Dreadnaught Program. Prior to this assignment, Beth Rafferty was the director of Integrated Power Systems (IPS). In her current role as Director of IPS, Ms. Rafferty was responsible for leading a team of EB engineers and major suppliers responsible for developing and delivering the COLUMBIA Class submarine electric drive propulsion system. Ms. Rafferty began her career at Electric Boat in 1994 as a structural engineer in solids mechanics, supporting VIRGINIA Class design. In the past six years, she has held positions as Manager of Quality Assurance / Ship Certification, Manager of COLUMBIA Class Material Acquisition, including responsibility for procurement of electric drive components, and most recently as Director of Naval Architecture and Structural Engineering and Design. She earned a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York Polytechnic University. She is also a graduate of the company’s business leader program.

John V. Leonard, Jr.

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

John V. Leonard, Jr. was named senior vice president of finance, contracts, strategic planning and APS in 2019. 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.

Larry Runkle

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.

Andrew Bond

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.

Joe Drake

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.

Mark Rayha

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.

Ray Gabriel

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

Brett Cicchese

Director, Strategic Planning

Ken Jeanos

Chief Information Officer

Liz Power

Director, Communications and Public Affairs

Bargaining Units:

Peter Baker

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

Mark Wiggins
President

Electric Boat Athletic Club

Jon Carr
President

Electric Boat Apprentice Alumni Association

Pam Gonski
President

Women in Defense New England Shoreline Chapter

Susan B. Pecoraro
President

Black Engineering Council

Wilmar Lambert
President

Hispanic Shipbuilders Association

Saray Checo
President

Electric Boat Retired Salaried Employees Association

Pete Halvordson
President