The Naval Sea Systems Command has named William J. Deligne as the command's new executive director.
Deligne is currently serving as the executive director for Aircraft Carriers, and he will replace Brian Persons, who departed NAVSEA in December to serve on the staff of deputy chief of naval operations for Warfare Systems (OPNAV N9).
In his new position as NAVSEA's senior civilian executive, Deligne will be responsible for the business management of the NAVSEA headquarters staff and command-wide management of systems and programs. He will advise the NAVSEA commander on corporate planning and management, strategic planning, management resources and program appraisal matters.
Deligne says he's excited about the opportunity to lead a command of NAVSEA's size and scope.
"We're a big part of the Navy," said Deligne. "We have an incredibly important mission. I mean, what is a navy without its ships and combat systems? We lead the development, production, and maintenance of all Navy ships and combat systems, so the "Big Navy" needs us to continue to do that effectively and affordably. In fact, driving a culture of affordability into all that we do will be a key focus area during my tenure as the NAVSEA executive director."
Deligne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. He entered the Senior Executive Service in July 2007 and has served as the deputy program manager for the Future Carrier Programs, the assistant program manager for Nimitz-class aircraft carrier construction, and as a naval architect with NAVSEA's engineering directorate.
NAVSEA, the largest of the Navy's systems commands, is comprised of more than 58,000 civilian and military personnel in 36 activities located across the United States and around the world. Together, these men and women are charged with developing, delivering and maintaining ships and systems on time, on cost for the U.S. Navy.