BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bath Iron Works is losing its current president and getting a new one, as part of a leadership change within General Dynamics shipbuilding operations.
Current President Jeff Geiger, who came up through the ranks at BIW, will leave Bath to become President of Electric Boat in Connecticut, which builds submarines for the Navy. Geiger is being replaced by two people. Fred Harris will become President of both BIW and the General Dynamics' NAASCO shipyard in San Diego, California. Mike Mulligan will come to Bath as Vice President and General Manager of BIW, and will oversee the day-to-day operations.
A company spokesman says both men have years of experience with ship and submarine building for General Dynamics. They are new to Bath Iron Works, although Harris is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy.
General Dynamics says Fred Harris has been a leader is developing more efficient and affordable ways to build ships for the Navy. Earlier this week, BIW told News Center that because of increasing financial pressures from Congress - including the prospect of another round of sequester budget cuts -- affordability of Navy ships has become more critical than ever.
The changes become effective November 4.