FALLS CHURCH, Va., June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today announced that Thomas W. Kirchmaier has been elected a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, reporting to David K. Heebner, executive vice president of the company's Information Systems and Technology group. Kirchmaier succeeds Lewis F. Von Thaer, who resigned in April. The appointment is effective immediately.
In announcing the appointment Heebner said, " Tom Kirchmaier is a seasoned executive with many years' experience working with Department of Defense and intelligence-community customers on critical national security programs. He is an effective leader with a deep understanding of customers' issues and challenges, as well as a proven track-record of effectively managing global organizations. Tom's abilities will help ensure that we continue to meet our commitments to customers, employees and shareholders alike."
Kirchmaier, 56, has been the senior vice president and general manager of the Intelligence Solutions division of General Dynamics Information Technology since 2007, leading a worldwide organization with more than 4,600 professionals which provides high-technology solutions for the U.S. intelligence community, selected DoD commands and agencies, their coalition partners and NATO. Previously he was senior vice president of General Dynamics Information Technology's Global Information Services, providing network and IT solutions to commercial, public safety and international customers. He joined General Dynamics through the acquisition of GTE Government Systems in 1999.
With a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering from Cornell University and a master's degree in business management from Pepperdine University, Kirchmaier is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University's Federal Acquisition Management and Program Management School.General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems provides mission systems development, integration and operations support to customers in the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities. The company employs approximately 6,500 skilled engineers, scientists and technology workers at locations across the U.S. More information about the company is available at www.gd-ais.com. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 89,900 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com. SOURCE General Dynamics