October 1, 2008
FFALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) announced today that David K. Heebner, president of General Dynamics Land Systems, will succeed Michael W. Toner as executive vice president and group executive for the corporation’s Marine Systems group when Toner retires on December 31, 2008. Mark C. Roualet, senior vice president and chief operating officer of General Dynamics Land Systems, will succeed Heebner on October 15, at which time Heebner will transfer to the corporation’s headquarters for a transitional period.
Nicholas D. Chabraja, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics, said, “Mike Toner has been a shipbuilder for 43 years, and he has distinguished himself as a true leader and innovator in the complex manufacturing of nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships alike. His leadership will be missed not only by his colleagues at General Dynamics, but by the entire U.S. shipbuilding industry, and we wish him well in his retirement.
“At the same time, we are pleased to welcome David Heebner and Mark Roualet to their new leadership positions,” Chabraja continued. “David, who had a distinguished career with the U.S. military before joining General Dynamics, has demonstrated great acumen as the president of General Dynamics Land Systems over the past three and a half years. Mark, with more than 20 years of experience at Land Systems, has proven his ability to manage that organization as COO for the past year and previously as the senior executive responsible for all ground combat systems.”
Heebner, 63, has been president of General Dynamics Land Systems since July 1, 2005. Previously he had been senior vice president – planning and development for General Dynamics, since March 2002. He had been vice president of strategic planning for General Dynamics since January 2000. Prior to joining General Dynamics, Heebner served 33 years in the U.S. Army, retiring at the rank of lieutenant general. Heebner earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, Mass.) and master’s degrees in operations research and national security and strategic studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College, respectively.
Roualet, 49, has been senior vice president and chief operating office of General Dynamics Land Systems since July 2007. Roualet joined the Land Systems organization as a quality engineer in 1982 and since that time has advanced through a series of progressively more-responsible positions in quality assurance, manufacturing, program and operations management. Roualet holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Mich.) and an MBA from the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio).
The General Dynamics Marine Systems group designs, builds and supports submarines and surface ships for the U.S. Navy and commercial ships for Jones Act customers. The group operates three shipyards – Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine), Electric Boat (Groton, Conn.) and NASSCO (San Diego) – which employ approximately 20,000 employees.
General Dynamics Land Systems, headquartered in Sterling Heights, Mich., designs, builds and supports a full-spectrum of land and amphibious combat systems, subsystems and components for U.S. and international customers. The business has approximately 6,900 employees worldwide and is the defense industry's largest supplier of armored military vehicles.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 84,600 people worldwide and anticipates 2008 revenues of approximately $29.5 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.
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