Austal USA appoints John “Dugan” Shipway as Outside Director to board of directors

Austal USA has appointed retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John “Dugan” Shipway as an outside director on Austal USA’s board of directors.

Shipway retired in March 2009 as president of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a position he held for six years. That same year, the Navy League of the United States honored him with the 2009 Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz award for exemplary leadership in the maritime defense industry.

“I am pleased to have Dugan join the Board,” said Joe Rella, Austal USA president and chief operating officer, in a company press release. “As we grow to become a major naval shipyard, we look forward to tapping into his many years of shipbuilding expertise.”

While president of Bath Iron Works, Austal says, Shipway oversaw management reforms that resulted in eliminating more than 1.5 million labor hours from the cost of building an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and improving labor relations.

He served 35 years in the Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral. He last served as director of Strategic Systems Programs. During his military career, he was responsible for several submarine and weapons programs.

Upon his retirement from the Navy he joined General Dynamics Electric Boat and held the position of vice president for full submarine support until he was promoted to president of Bath Iron Works.

Shipway currently serves on the board of the Australian Submarine and Shipbuilding Co. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering. Shipway and his wife, the former Lynn Doe of Harvard, Mass., live in Bath, Maine.




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