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.
Vice President, Special Projects
Will Lennon was appointed Vice President of Special Projects in December 2021. Prior to this assignment, Will was the vice president of quality, where he was responsible for nuclear and non-nuclear quality assurance, industrial radiography, welding engineering and materials engineering. Will began his career at Electric Boat in 1981 as a test engineer, and has served in a range of positions including 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 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.
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, Planning
Andrew Bond became Vice President of Planning in April 2022. In this position, he is responsible for the Planning organization and optimizing integration of the planning business systems and processes into the overall enterprise. Prior to this position, Andrew was Vice President of Human Resources at Electric Boat. Before 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, Operations, Quonset Point Facility
Ray Gabriel was appointed vice president of the Quonset Point facility/operations in November 2021, assuming responsibility for all site operations including submarine module manufacturing, quality assurance, facilities, manufacturing engineering and support, and human resources. Previous to his assignment at Quonset Point, Ray served as vice president of planning and 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 (BLG) program.
Vice President, Quality
Megan Roberts was appointed vice president of quality in January 2022. In this position, she is responsible for nuclear and non-nuclear quality assurance, audit and assessment, industrial radiography, welding and materials engineering, and supplier quality. Prior to this assignment, Megan was the director of supplier quality, where she was responsible for ensuring that the quality of materials procured for nuclear submarine construction meet Electric Boat’s business needs. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of EB’s Business Leader Group (BLG) program.
Vice President, Human Resources
Shawn Coyne became Vice President of Human Resources in May 2022. In this position, he is responsible for talent acquisition; workforce development; total rewards; diversity, equity and inclusion; employee and labor relations; and communications. In his 17 years of experience with Electric Boat, Shawn has been a member of each collective bargaining negotiation team and has provided guidance and counsel to company management on a variety of HR, safety and security matters. His most recent position was that of Deputy General Counsel, where he continued his work with HR, Safety and Security in addition to overseeing a team of outside counsel on various litigation matters. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, a Juris Doctorate from the Western New England School of Law and is a graduate of EB’s Business Leader Group (BLG) 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