General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today announced that Firat H. Gezen has been elected a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, effective May 1, 2016, following the retirement of Michael S. Wilson. Gezen will report to Mark C. Roualet, executive vice president of the company's Combat Systems group.
"Firat has been an instrumental part of the management team at Ordnance and Tactical Systems and he has a deep understanding of our customers, operations and offerings," Roualet said. "I am confident that with his leadership, we will continue to deliver quality products for our customers around the world."
In announcing the retirement of Wilson, Roualet said, "Mike has been a visionary and dedicated leader of this business for nearly five decades. He instituted a shared commitment to safety and continuous improvement, encouraging all employees to find ways to do things safer and better. Mike made a tremendous difference for General Dynamics and we wish him well."
Gezen, 44, has been the chief operating officer of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems since March 2015. Previously, he was vice president of finance and chief financial officer, from 2011 to 2015, and chief financial officer for General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems-Canada, from 2007 to 2011. He joined the Ordnance and Tactical Systems organization in 1998. He has also worked for various General Dynamics businesses around the world. Gezen holds a bachelor's degree from METU, a master's from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.
Source: General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD)
Date: Apr 15, 2016