Geiger Stepping Down as President of Sub-Maker Electric Boat

Submarine manufacturer Electric Boat has announced a change in leadership. 

Jeffrey Geiger, who has served as president of the General Dynamics subsidiary since 2013, says he is retiring at the end of the month. Electric Boat says Geiger will be replaced by Kevin Graney, the president of General Dynamics NASSCO, another shipbuilder. 

Graney began his shipbuilding career with Electric Boat in 1995 as an engineer for the Virginia-class submarine program. He became president of NASSCO in 2017. 

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont released a statement Saturday saying he plans to meet with Graney to talk about the state's commitment to Electric Boat. 

The company on Friday held a groundbreaking for a new assembly building at its Groton shipyard that will be used to help build the Navy's next-generation Columbia-class nuclear submarine. 

The South Yard Assembly Building (SYAB), a 200,000 square-foot building, will eventually be home to 1,400 shipbuilders who will deliver the Columbia-class to the U.S. Navy.

Congressman Joe Courtney, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, released a statement on Friday. 

“Jeff has been a tireless advocate for the workforce at EB since he became president in 2013. I hold him in the highest regard based on his breadth of knowledge and experience as a shipbuilder, and his accessible, ethical approach to leadership. I wish Jeff and his wife all the best," Courtney said in a statement. 

U.S. Senator Blumenthal also released a statement.

“Jeff Geiger’s dedicated 35 years of service to Electric Boat and our nation merit admiration and gratitude. He has been an exceptional partner in efforts to support undersea warfare strength and America’s submarine building program. I wish him well in retirement and hope he will remain a resident of Connecticut, where he and his family are greatly appreciated,” Blumenthal said.

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