The General Dynamics Board of Directors has elected S. Daniel Johnson to be executive vice president of Information Systems and Technology, effective Jan. 1, 2015, the Falls Church, Va.-based company announced Dec. 3. Johnson will succeed David K. Heebner, who will retire Dec. 31.
Johnson will continue in his role as General Dynamics Information Technology’s president, a business unit of General Dynamics.
“David Heebner has had an exemplary career at General Dynamics, having served in leadership positions in all of our defense businesses and at corporate headquarters,” Chairman and CEO Phebe N. Novakovic said in a statement. “He has been an invaluable resource for the entire General Dynamics team, and he will be greatly missed. Dan Johnson is a proven leader, with the management and operations experience to ensure the Information Systems and Technology businesses continue to meet the needs of our customers, our employees and our shareholders.”
In his new role, Johnson will be responsible for General Dynamics Information Technology and General Dynamics Mission Systems. He has served as president of General Dynamics Information Technology and a vice president of General Dynamics since March 2008. He previously served as executive vice president and COO of General Dynamics Information Technology.
At the time of General Dynamics’ acquisition of Anteon Corporation in 2005, Johnson was Anteon’s COO, a position he had held since 2003. Prior to Anteon, Johnson ran the government business for BearingPoint Inc. and was a partner at KPMG.
Heebner joined General Dynamics in January 2000. Since then, he has served as the Information Systems and Technology department executive; Combat Systems’ executive vice president and department executive; Marine Systems group’s department executive; General Dynamics Land Systems president; planning and development senior vice president; and strategic planning vice president.
Heebner served nearly 33 years in the U.S. Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant General. Johnson served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1975. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
WashingtonExec last covered General Dynamics Information Technology in October when the company announced the merge of two of its information systems and technology business groups.