Phebe N. Novakovic became chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics on January 1, 2013. She was previously named the company’s president and chief operating officer, and a member of the company’s board of directors, in May 2012. Prior to this, Novakovic was executive vice president for the company’s Marine Systems group; senior vice president – Planning and Development; and vice president – Strategic Planning.
Before joining General Dynamics in 2001, Novakovic served as the special assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1997 to 2001. She also worked for the Office of Management and Budget and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Novakovic serves on the boards of Abbott Laboratories, Northwestern University and Ford’s Theatre, as well as on the boards of several charitable organizations. She received her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College.