Monday, April 19, 2010

General Dynamics Appoints Helm as Senior Vice President of Planning and Development

Defense News:
FALLS CHURCH, Va., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics (NYSE:GD - News) announced today that Robert W. Helm will join the company on May 3 as senior vice president of planning and development, reporting to Jay L. Johnson, president and chief executive officer. In this position, Helm will be responsible for Government Relations, Strategic Planning, International Business Analysis and Compliance, Investor Relations and Communications. He will replace Phebe N. Novakovic, who has been appointed executive vice president of the company's Marine Systems group, effective May 1.

Helm was with Northrop Grumman Corporation for 21 years, most recently serving as corporate vice president for Government Relations. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, he was vice president of business development, Space and Aviation Systems, with Honeywell Inc. Helm served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Controller) from 1984 until 1988. He was a White House staff member on the National Security Council during the Reagan administration and also served as the senior national security professional staff member on the Senate Budget Committee in the U.S. Congress.

Helm and his wife, Sandra, reside in McLean, Va.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,700 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

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