JUNE 21, 2016 — Chris Deegan has been appointed President and Chief Executive of Gibbs & Cox, Inc., (G&C) replacing Rick Biben, who is retiring but remains on the G&C Board of Directors.
Mr. Deegan previously served as Vice President of G&C's Engineering Group.
"Chris has delivered exceptional results in every job associated with maritime engineering and program management," said Chairman Ned Daffan. "He is a perfect reflection of Gibbs & Cox's legendary corporate commitment to excellence."
Mr. Deegan spent nearly 28 years in the Navy's acquisition and cost engineering communities, leading nuclear submarine, ship and combat systems programs prior to joining Gibbs & Cox in 2013. His last ten years with the Navy were as a member of the Senior Executive Service supporting NAVSEA and Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems.
Mr. Deegan earned a Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, a Master's of Science in Engineering from the Catholic University of America. He was selected as a Brookings Institute Fellow in 1997, serving on the staff of Congressman John Murtha. He was cited as NAVSEA Engineer of the Year in 1993, is a certified Program Management Professional, and a licensed Professional Engineer (Naval Architecture).
Mr. Biben came to G&C in 2010, after senior executive positions at SAIC, CSC (now CSRA), Anteon (now General Dynamics), and Northrop Grumman.
Mr. Daffan noted that Mr.Biben "brought diverse, top-level corporate executive expertise to G&C just as it embarked on a major growth initiative"With his direction," said Mr. Daffan, "G&C expanded into new markets and reclaimed markets G&C had supported earlier in our history."
Under Mr. Biben's leadership:
G&C acquired Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc. (DLBA) in 2015. DLBA is a firm renowned for its naval architecture and marine engineering services based in Chesapeake, VA. The acquisition expanded G&C's commercial market areas in engineering, design and construction management of high performance vessels including mega yachts, commercial craft, and production boats.G&C opened numerous new market areas, domestically & internationally, significantly diversifying and balancing G&C's portfolio in DOD, DHS, International, and commercial markets.
G&C entered the USCG market alongside Bollinger Shipyards in the future Offshore Patrol Cutter program.G&C provided critical support for the restart and upgrade of the Navy's premier surface combatant with the development of the DDG 51 Class Flight III Preliminary Design.
G&C solidified its key design and engineering role on the Littoral Combat Ship program (Freedom class variant) with prime contractor Lockheed Martin and shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine.G&C expanded into the government services sector, winning prime contracts supporting the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division's Combatant Craft Division, and NSWC Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) Ship Systems Hardening organization.