General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) announced today that Leda M. L. Chong will become senior vice president, Asia-Pacific Region, of the company's Aerospace group on November 1, with an initial focus on the People's Republic of China. Chong will report to Joseph T. Lombardo, executive vice president of the General Dynamics Aerospace Group, which comprises Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and Jet Aviation. Chong will be based in Beijing.
In this new position, Chong will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating activities among Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation representatives as they support existing customers, identify opportunities for partnering with Chinese companies, and coordinate with Chinese aviation authorities in expanding the companies' offerings in the Asia-Pacific region. Chong will work closely with Lombardo, the presidents of Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, and the companies' sales, MRO, product-support and aircraft-management and charter professionals located throughout the region.
Chong has been a staff vice president of government relations for General Dynamics since November 2009. In that role she has coordinated advocacy efforts on behalf of business units that support customers in the federal, civilian and intelligence communities.
In announcing Chong's appointment, Lombardo said, "As the business-aviation industry grows in the Asia-Pacific region, it is increasingly important that General Dynamics have a permanent presence in Beijing. Leda Chong will be the enduring representative of the Aerospace group in that essential market, providing a primary executive who can interact with customers, partners and government representatives in facilitating mutual accomplishments and strengthening our relationships with these key stakeholders."
Chong is a native of Hong Kong and fluent in Chinese. She attended secondary school and completed bachelor's and master's degrees in the United States. She served for 20 years in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of commander before retiring in January 2007. Her last two duty assignments were in Washington, D.C., in the Navy's congressional and budget liaison offices. She joined General Dynamics in February 2007 as a director of government relations.
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