"Vice Admiral Sullivan's presence on our board is a continuation of our strategy to help the US Navy meet pressing defense priorities with solutions that balance capability and cost," said Gibbs & Cox CEO Rick Biben. "Vice Admiral Sullivan is uniquely qualified to help us usher in a new era of growth focused on our engineering and design services for our Navy and industry partners—we are excited and feel very fortunate to have him aboard. We have invested a great deal in new and forward looking concepts for our customers, Vice Admiral Sullivan's ideas and insights will further assist in this investment arena."
Before his promotion in July 2005 to Vice Admiral and 41st Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Sullivan served as NAVSEA's Deputy Ship Design Manager for the SEA WOLF attack submarine and as NAVSEA's Deputy Commander (Chief Engineer) for Ship Design, Integration and Engineering.
"I am honored to join the Board of a company that has served the Navy well for so many years," said Vice Admiral Sullivan. "I have been watching Gibbs& Cox set the standard of excellence in ship design and engineering since I first became interested as a teenager. The company was superb then, it is superb now, and it will continue to be in the future. I hope to help us stay ahead of the 'power curve' as we provide solid work for the Navy and private industry today, and as we sharpen our tools to explore the next generation of ships tomorrow."
Vice Admiral Sullivan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974 and became an Engineering Duty Officer via the Naval Construction and Engineering Program at MIT with degrees in Ocean Engineering and Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
He is currently the Vice President of the American Centrifuge Project and Chief Engineer at USEC Inc., a global energy corporation, building the only American-based centrifuge uranium enrichment technology.
September 21, 2011