Longtime manager named new president of Bath Iron Works

Bath Iron Works’ parent company selected a veteran manager to take over the shipyard from Fred Harris, who is retiring after a three-year stint that saw substantial workforce growth but also the loss of a “must win” contract.

General Dynamics announced Monday that Dirk Lesko a BIW employee since 1990 currently serving as general manager will become president on Jan. 1. He will take over at a time when the shipyard is bustling with work but faces a potential slowdown in the not-so-distant future unless the pace of Navy shipbuilding picks up.

Harris, 71, is retiring as the president of both BIW and General Dynamics’ NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, a dual position he has held since November 2013. In a related announcement, General Dynamics said that Kevin Graney will move from general manager to president of NASSCO, which builds both Navy and commercial ships.

“Dirk and Kevin are seasoned leaders with proven track records of managing complex shipbuilding projects and driving continuous improvement at every level of their business,” John Casey, executive vice president of marine systems at General Dynamics, said in a statement. “Both have worked for General Dynamics for more than 20 years and they have the right management and operations experience to ensure these shipyards are positioned for the future.”

Under Harris’ tenure, BIW grew to more than 6,000 employees a workforce level not seen in more than a decade at the shipyard, which is one of Maine’s largest employers. The shipyar....

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