Leadership Team

CHRIS DEEGAN
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Mr. Deegan was promoted into the position of President and Chief Executive in June 2016. He joined Gibbs & Cox as the Engineering Group Vice President in April 2013 following a distinguished 28 year civil service career with the US Navy. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, and a MS in Engineering from The Catholic University of America.

In his naval acquisition career, Mr. Deegan was a member of the Department of the Navy’s Senior Executive Service (SES) for nearly ten years, serving in executive positions in the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Financial Management Budget office. Before his SES tours Mr. Deegan spent much of his career in submarine program management and in 1997 he was selected as a Brookings Fellow and served on Congressman John Murtha’s (House Appropriations Committee – Defense ranking member) personal staff.

Mr. Deegan is a recipient of NAVSEA’s Engineer of the Year award and the Presidential Medal for Meritorious Service. He is published in two military journals, authored the Naval Open Architecture Contract Guidebook for Program Managers, is a certified Program Management Professional and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana.

 

RAY SHELDON
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Sheldon is Chief Operating Officer for the corporation with global responsibilities for the complete range of business and project operations throughout the company. He is responsible for managing the full spectrum of corporate operations, including strategic planning, corporate organizational development, business development planning, as well as program/project management, technical performance, and operations financial/contractual oversight.

Prior to joining G&C, Inc., Mr. Sheldon served in senior management and executive positions within the maritime industry including, Vice President Operations CDI Marine, Vice President CSC Advanced Marine Center and Vice President Design and Acquisition Management Advanced Marine Enterprises.  He began his career as a hydrodynamicist where his work focused on solutions to ship and submarine operational problems including seakeeping, ship control and propulsor integration.  In his leadership positions, Mr. Sheldon has managed business operations for marine industry firms with U.S. Navy, Army and Coast Guard, and international and commercial clients.  Services provided include program management, engineering services, IT solutions and training systems.

Mr. Sheldon is a member of both the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.  He has published papers on topics including offshore structures, high speed combatant ship design and computer aided ship design. Mr. Sheldon is a graduate of Webb Institute of Naval Architecture with degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

 

KEITH HARPER
VICE PRESIDENT, DESIGN GROUP

Mr. Harper was promoted to Vice President of the Design Group in May of 2015.  In this role he is responsible for the development and delivery of detail design drawings and products supporting the full range of G&C Clients.  Mr. Harper is also responsible for the Design Group’s shipyard liaison support and life cycle and sustainment projects and activates.

Mr. Harper began his career in the maritime industry in 1984 as a HVAC Designer working for various companies, including Gibb & Cox, where he was responsible for developing Detailed installation and Fabrication drawings supporting the installation of Chilled Water, Steam and HVAC systems in various types of Commercial and Naval surface vessels as well as several Classes of Submarines.

From 1989 to 2004 Mr. Harper worked at Gibbs & Cox, Inc. in various supervisory roles to include Brunswick, Maine office of Gibbs & Cox Inc. as the Supervisor of the HVAC Department where he managed the 3D modeling and detail design of HVAC systems for the DDG 51 Class destroyers.  In 1997 he relocated to the Gibbs & Cox Hampton office to be Manager of the Mechanical Department where he was responsible for developing HVAC functional and Detail production drawings for various Gibbs & Cox projects.  In 2000, Mr. Harper was assigned as the Design Group managing lead for both PFG2 FFG program for Taiwan and the FFG upgrade program for the Royal Australian.

In July of 2004 Mr. Harper was promoted to Assistant Vice President of the Design Group where he was responsible for managing all daily activities for the Design Group.  In this role he served to oversee the development of Functional and Detail Production drawings along with the development of detailed 3D product models for various commercial and US Naval programs including the Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship and the Missile Defense Agency’s AEGIS ASHORE program.  In 2011 Mr. Harper was assigned as the Design Group oversight executive for the Military Sealift Command’s conversion of USS PONCE AFSB(I)-15 to a Special Mission Support vessel for Fifth Fleet operations. He serves on the Advisory Counsel for the SS UNITED STATES Conservancy as well as Chairperson for Hampton Roads Chapter.

KEVIN PRINCE
VICE PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING GROUP

Mr. Prince was promoted to Vice President of the Engineering Group in July of 2016.  He is responsible for the vision, leadership, and management of the Engineering Group towards the development, implementation, and sustainment of the policies and practices that guide the Engineering Group in providing expert naval architecture and marine engineering solutions.  These solutions address all engineering activities through the full range of ship design and lifecycle sustainment for both naval and commercial clients.

Prior to this position he was the Assistant Vice President, Engineering Group starting in April of 2004.  He started his career at Gibbs & Cox in 1980.  His 36 years of experience in naval architecture and marine engineering covers early ship design studies through detailed design, including system engineering analysis, modifications and modernization.  This experience covers U.S. Navy and commercial design, shipboard alterations, operational testing, and procurement specification development.

Mr. Prince received his B.S.E. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan.  He is member of SNAME, ASNE, ASME, The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, and a Fellow of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.  He is Chairman of SNAME T&R Panel M-16 – Modernization of Propulsion Shafting Systems; a Co-Chairman of SNAME T&R Panel SD-7 – Marine Forensic, and a member of the SNAME-ASNE Joint Ship Design Committee and the SNAME Ships Machinery Committee.  He is a Professional Engineer in Maryland and Virginia and a Chartered Engineer through the Engineering Council of Great Britain and a certified Project Management Professional.

JONATHAN APPLEQUIST
VICE PRESIDENT, MARITIME SERVICES GROUP

Mr. Jonathan Applequist is the Vice President and Group Manager, Maritime Services Group, where he is responsible for managing company programs and contracts that are associated with direct support to Government clients. Mr. Applequist has profit and loss responsibility including management, cost and schedule control for all Government Services programs, and is ultimately responsible for Quality Assurance of Program Deliverables through coordination with the Technical Group Managers. He is responsible for growth and business development within all Government Services lines of business. He is also responsible for ensuring the professional development of Program Managers and Project support staff within the Group.

Previously, Mr. Applequist served as the the Assistant Vice President and Deputy Group Manager of MSG from 2012 through 2016. Mr. Applequist joined Gibbs & Cox, Inc. in 2000, and in 2003 was promoted to Manager of the Naval Architecture Department, where he served until 2012. Mr. Applequist has served as the Lead Naval Architect for the USS Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program, Technical Lead and Deputy Program Manager for design development of an LCS variant for International sale, and Technical Lead for numerous DDG 51 Class and conceptual design studies.

Mr. Applequist received the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Rosenblatt Young Naval Engineer Award for 2010. The Rosenblatt Young Naval Engineer Award is presented annually to a person not more than 35 years of age, who has demonstrated remarkable, early professional achievement in the field of naval engineering and for outstanding technical leadership.

Mr. Applequist was subsequently awarded the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS) Young Engineer of the Year Award for 2010. The Young Engineer of the Year is selected based on his or her dedication, effort, quality, and clearly successful accomplishment and achievement in advancing the technical and professional aims of the engineering profession.

Mr. Applequist holds a bachelor’s of science in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia and a certified Project Management Professional.

MATTHEW HANS
VICE PRESIDENT, PLATFORM SOLUTIONS GROUP

Mr. Hans is currently Vice President, Platform Solutions Group, where he is responsible for managing Company’s operations for the business growth and management of all major ship design programs including US Navy, Coast Guard, commercial, offshore and other maritime areas. In this role Mr. Hans has profit and loss responsibility including management, cost and schedule control for all Platform Solutions programs, as well as responsibility for oversight of the quality assurance of program deliverables in coordination with G&C technical Group Managers.. He is also responsible for ensuring the professional development of program, project or task managers and project support staff within the Group.

Mr. Hans received his undergraduate degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management.  He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.  In 2013, Mr. Hans was honorably discharged from the USNR as a LCDR after twelve years of service.   Mr. Hans has been a member of the Gibbs & Cox team since 2008.

Mr. Hans began his career in the maritime industry as an engineering officer where he sailed onboard oil tankers and container ships.  After coming ashore in 2004, Mr. Hans worked for several years at a marine gas turbine original equipment manufacturer as the US Navy program manager and then at a maritime technology firm as the director of operations.   After coming to Gibbs & Cox, Mr. Hans worked on the LCS program as a senior program manager where he managed all of the G&C LCS activities.  In 2011, Mr. Hans became the Assistant Vice President and Deputy Group Manager for the Platform Solutions Group   He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a certified project manager and a USCG licensed chief engineer.

Mr. Hans lives in Woodbridge, Virginia with his wife and three children.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

THOMAS A. SCHUBERT, P.E., PMP
VICE PRESIDENT – CHIEF ENGINEERING OFFICER (CHENG)

As CHENG, Mr. Schubert is responsible for overall technical oversight and guidance in strategic engineering capabilities and initiatives necessary to achieve the technical standards and business plans of the Corporation. He is the senior advisor to the Corporation on all technical matters, and is responsible for identifying and assessing tools, processes, procedures, methods, upgrades, acquisitions, quality assurance and strategic training initiatives that support the strategic direction of the Corporation, and is the focal point for our internal research & development (IRaD) investments.

Prior to assuming his current position in September 2011, Mr. Schubert held a variety of technical and program management positions within the Company, including Vice President – Maritime Services Group and Vice President – Engineering Group, and he has been an integral part of the Company’s support to the NAVSEA community since joining the firm in 1986. He has provided engineering and management services on ship design projects from concept and feasibility studies to preliminary, contract, and detail design as well as developing backfit change proposals for ships in active service. He has applied his technical expertise on surface combatants, expeditionary warfare ships, aircraft carriers and auxiliaries, Coast Guard programs, and commercial ship designs. Mr. Schubert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Engineering Management from the George Washington University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin in the United States; and Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Ontario, Canada.

His professional affiliations include the American Society of Naval Engineers, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Navy League, National Society for Professional Engineers, and Society for International Affairs.

BENEDICT P. CAPUCO
VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF NAVAL ARCHITECT (CNA)

As CNA, Mr. Capuco is responsible for overall technical oversight and guidance in strategic naval architecture capabilities and initiatives necessary to achieve the technical standards and business plans of the Corporation. He is a senior advisor to the Corporation on technical matters, and is responsible for identifying and assessing tools, processes, procedures, methods, upgrades, acquisitions, quality assurance and strategic training initiatives that support the strategic direction of the Corporation, and helps lead the Corporation’s internal research & development (IRaD) investments.

Mr. Capuco received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  He also holds a Master of Science in Civil and Ocean Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.  Mr. Capuco has been with Gibbs & Cox since 1986 and has been primarily involved in design and program management of Naval, Coast Guard, oceanographic and commercial vessels.  Previously Mr. Capuco was Group Manager for the Platform Solutions Group, leading business growth and management of all major ship design programs including US Navy, Coast Guard, commercial, offshore and other maritime areas.

Mr. Capuco led the development and was Program Manager for the Gibbs & Cox baseline and derivative designs of the LCS Freedom Class, including the development of the Focused Mission High Speed (FMHS) ship concept that evolved into the LCS.  Prior roles at Gibbs & Cox include Department Head for naval architecture, Program Manager for G&C’s role on SAIC’s U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater Program, on-site liaison to the DDG 51 Class Ship Engineering Team (SET) program office, naval architect on the Concept Formulation (CONFORM) program and structural engineer for Ellicott Dredge.

Mr. Capuco lives in Annapolis Maryland with his wife and two children and is an avid sailboat racer and boater on the Chesapeake Bay. He is a member of the University of Michigan Department of Naval Architecture National Advisory Board, an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) evaluator and is active in SNAME and ASNE.

KEVIN WHITE
VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION GROUP

Mr. White is Vice President of Finance and the Chief Financial Officer of Gibbs and Cox, Inc. His entire business career has been at Gibbs and Cox, where he has advanced his career in positions of increasing responsibility. He has held the positions of Cost/Pricing Manager, Financial Accounting Manager, Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer. Mr. White possesses a combination of cost accounting and financial accounting capabilities, which enhances the team he supports. His experience enables him to identify and implement process improvements that control costs, increase accuracy, consistency and efficiency.

In his role as Vice President of Finance, Mr. White is responsible for all corporate and Administrative matters. He develops, and is responsible for, a multi-million dollar operating budget, controlling actual costs to budgeted costs. Some of Mr. White other duties and responsibilities include: proposal and contract pricing, pricing strategies, and investment strategy and audit responsibility of the Gibbs & Cox multi-million dollar pension plan assets. Mr. White is a 1979 graduate of Fordham University with a degree in Accounting.