President of Electric Boat to retire Sept. 30

JEFFREY GEIGER is slated to retire Sept. 30 as president of General Dynamics Electric Boat, the defense contractor that builds nuclear submarines for the U.S. Navy in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut./PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MCDONALD

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Jeffrey S. Geiger will retire Sept. 30 as president of General Dynamics Electric Boat, Rhode Island’s largest defense contractor.

The company’s president since 2013, Geiger has overseen Electric Boat’s manufacturing of nuclear submarines and related work for the U.S. Navy at Quonset Point in Rhode Island and at nearby Groton and New London in Connecticut.

“We thank Jeff Geiger for his 35 years of service to General Dynamics, and we wish him well,” Robert E. Smith, executive vice president of General Dynamics’ Marine Systems, said in a company announcement.

Electric Boat refused to answer questions Monday about the timing of Geiger’s retirement and said he would not be available for questions later.

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Geiger is being replaced by Kevin Graney, who has served as president of General Dynamics NASSCO, which builds auxiliary and support ships for the Navy, as well as oil tankers and cargo carriers.

“Kevin Graney’s leadership, nuclear propulsion expertise and proven track record with submarine and surface shipbuilding will be essential to Electric Boat as it expands operations to build both the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine and the next generation of Virginia-class attack submarines,” Smith said in a statement.

The announcement Friday of Geiger’s retirement came as Electric Boat held a groundbreaking ceremony in Groton for a new facility dedicated to the construction of the Navy’s next generation of nuclear subs.

Work on the Columbia-class and Virginia-class subs also is being done at Quonset Point, where Electric Boat also is in the process of expanding and upgrading its facilities.

Electric Boat announced last week it has completed construction of the Virginia Payload Module Special Fixture building at Quonset Point. The $28 million, 30,000-square-foot facility is part of a $700 million investment the company announced last year to expand its hull-outfitting space at Quonset Point by 13 acres.

Electric Boat said it has more than 17,000 employees in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Scott Blake is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Blake@PBN.com

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