General Dynamics Announces New Presidents For Bath Iron Works, NASSCO

General Dynamics [GD] on Monday said that Dirk Lesko will become president of the Bath Iron Works and Kevin Graney will become president of NASSCO effective Jan. 1, 2017, following the retirement of Frederick Harris.

Harris has been president of NASSCO for the past 10 years and president of Bath since Sept. 2013. Before joining NASSCO in 2006, Harris was with GD’s Electric Boat division.

The USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51). General Dynamics builds DDG-51s at its Bath Iron Works shipyard.hoto: U.S. Navy

The USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51). Photo: U.S. Navy

Lesko, 50, was named vice president and general manager for Bath in August 2015 following a position at the shipyard as vice president, surface combatants, with responsibility for managing all programs. Lesko has been with the Maine-based shipyard since 1990.

Graney, 52, has been vice president and general manager of NASSCO since November 2013. Previously, he held leadership positions in operations, programs and engineering. He joined NASSCO in 2006 from GD’s Electric Boat division, where be began working in 1995.

“Dirk and Kevin are seasoned leaders with proven track records of managing complex shipbuilding projects and driving continuous improvement at every level of their business,” John Casey, executive vice president, Marine Systems, said in a statement. “Both have worked for General Dynamics for more than 20 years and they have the right management and operations experience to ensure these shipyards are positioned for the future.”

Harris joined GD in 1973.

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