General Motors has appointed Steve duMont, a former executive at the intelligence and space segment of Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX), as president of its defense business arm, replacing Tim Herrick, who has been holding the post on an interim basis.
duMont brings two decades of experience in working with big defense industry players, having served at Raytheon for more than 13 years and at BAE Systems and Boeing (NYSE: BA) for several years, GM Defense said Tuesday.
As president, he will be responsible for leading GM as it supports defense and government customers through its manufacturing, design and engineering capabilities and commercial offerings.
The defense executive also served with the U.S. Army from 1993 to 2001 as a pilot of AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
duMont’s appointment came as GM Defense opened a troop carrier manufacturing facility in Concord, North Carolina, to support full-rate production of the Infantry Squad Vehicle under a $214.3 million Army contract.
The Concord plant is a 75,000-square-foot, tactical wheeled vehicle production site that features Bluetooth-enabled digital operating system and other advanced manufacturing tools.
Army looks to procure 2,065 vehicles in support of its infantry brigade combat teams.