USA: NAVSEA Commander Joins Gibbs & Cox Board of Directors


Gibbs & Cox, the premier naval architecture and marine engineering firm, today announced Vice Admiral Paul Sullivan, USN (Retired) has been unanimously elected to the firm’s Board of Directors.

The Board believes his extensive naval command, marine engineering and government services experience will prove invaluable toward Gibbs & Cox’s goal of expanding its role as a maritime thought  leader, meeting the increasingly complex demands in naval architecture, ship design, systems integration and program management.

“Vice Admiral Sullivan’s presence on our board is a continuation of our strategy to help the US Navy meet pressing defense priorities  with solutions that balance capability and cost,” said Gibbs & Cox CEO Rick Biben. “Vice Admiral Sullivan is uniquely qualified to help us usher in a new era of growth focused on our engineering and design services for our Navy and industry partners—we are excited and feel very fortunate to have him aboard.  We have invested a great deal in new and forward looking concepts for our customers, Vice Admiral Sullivan’s ideas and insights will further assist in this investment arena.”  

Mr. Sullivan had extensive operational, naval engineering and design, and command experience before his promotion in July 2005 to Vice Admiral and 41st Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Prior to that, he served as the NAVSEA’s Deputy Ship Design Manager for the SEA WOLF attack submarine and as NAVSEA’s Deputy Commander (Chief Engineer) for Ship Design, Integration and Engineering. Mr. Sullivan’s vast naval experience and leadership led to the successful delivery of 22 new ships, 63 major ship overhauls and more than 140 private sector overhauls.

“I am honored to join the Board of a company that has served the Navy well for so many years,” said Mr. Sullivan. “I have been watching Gibbs& Cox set the standard of excellence in ship design and engineering since I first became interested as a teenager.  
The company was superb then, it is superb now, and it will continue to be in the future.  I hope to help us stay ahead of the ‘power curve’ as we provide solid work for the Navy and private industry today, and as we sharpen our tools to explore the next generation of
ships tomorrow.”

VADM Sullivan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974 and became an Engineering Duty Officer via the Naval Construction and Engineering Program at MIT with degrees in Ocean Engineering and Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

He is currently the Vice President of the American Centrifuge Project and Chief Engineer at USEC Inc., a global energy corporation, building the only American-based centrifuge uranium enrichment technology.

About Gibbs & Cox, Inc.
Gibbs & Cox is a privately held, independent engineering and design firm specializing in naval architecture, marine engineering, management support and engineering consulting. Founded in 1929, Gibbs & Cox’s mission is to help customers in the U.S. and international government sectors and global marine industry meet the most challenging issues during all phases of design,
construction, and life cycle support. The company is headquartered in Arlington, Va., with offices in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Hampton, Va.

Source: gibbscox, September 2, 2011;