USA: Austal Names New Board Member

Austal recently appointed Rear Admiral USN (Retired) John “Dugan” Shipway as an Outside Director on Austal USA’s Board of Directors. Rear Admiral Shipway retired in March 2009 as President of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a position that he held for six years. That same year, he was honored by the Navy League of the United States with the 2009 Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz award for exemplary leadership in the maritime defense industry.

I am pleased to have Dugan join the Board,” said Austal USA President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Rella,As we grow to become a major naval shipyard, we look forward to tapping into his many years of shipbuilding expertise.

While President of Bath Iron Works, Rear Admiral Shipway oversaw management reforms that resulted in eliminating more than 1.5 million labour hours from the cost of building an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and improving labour relations. He served 35 years in the Navy and retired as a Rear Admiral. He last served as director of Strategic Systems Programs. During his military career, he was responsible for several submarine and weapons programs. Upon his retirement from the Navy he joined General Dynamics Electric Boat and held the position of Vice President for Full Submarine Support until he was promoted to President of Bath Iron Works.

Rear Admiral Shipway is currently serving on the Board of the Australian submarine and shipbuilding company ASC. Rear Admiral Shipway holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering. He and his wife, the former Lynn Doe of Harvard, Massachusetts, live in Bath, Maine.

Austal USA is a full-service shipyard located in Mobile, Alabama offering design, construction and high-speed vessel service and repair. Austal is currently under contract with the US Navy to build nine 103-metre Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) under a 10-ship, $1.6 billion contract and three 127-metre Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class vessels, two of which are a part of a 10-ship, $3.5 billion contract.

Source: austal, March 19, 2012

Posted on March 19, 2012