General Dynamics Appoints Ramonet President of General Dynamics European Land Systems

Sep 19, 2011, 12:00 ET from General Dynamics

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) announced today that Alfonso J. Ramonet, 53, will become president of General Dynamics European Land Systems and a vice president of the corporation on December 1. Ramonet will report to David K. Heebner, executive vice president of General Dynamics' Combat Systems group.

Ramonet will succeed John C. Ulrich, who will become chief operating officer of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, reporting to Michael S. Wilson, president. Ulrich, who also is a vice president of the corporation, has been General Dynamics European Land Systems' president since 2006.  

General Dynamics European Land Systems, headquartered in Madrid, and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fl., are subsidiaries of General Dynamics.

In announcing Ramonet's appointment, Heebner said, "Alfonso Ramonet has a deep understanding of General Dynamics European Land Systems' operations, customers and products. I'm confident he will continue to position the company as a global leader in land combat systems, delivering vehicles and weapon systems that meet the needs of our customers around the world."

Ramonet has served as chief operating officer for General Dynamics European Land Systems under Ulrich since April 2010.  Previously, he managed various programs for the company including tracked vehicles, artillery systems and ammunition.  Ramonet joined Santa Barbara Sistemas in 1990 and was production director of vehicles and artillery when it was acquired by General Dynamics in 2001. He holds a degree in mechanical industrial engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

Ulrich joined General Dynamics when it acquired General Motors Defense in 2003. At that time he was named senior vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems–Canada, where he was responsible for the international wheeled vehicles business. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, and a master's of business administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  

General Dynamics European Land Systems conducts its business through four European operating units located in Austria, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. With more than 3,200 highly skilled technical employees, the company designs, manufactures and delivers land combat systems to global customers, including wheeled, tracked and amphibious vehicles, armaments and munitions. More information is available online at

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., is a world leader in the manufacture of large-, medium- and small-caliber direct and indirect-fire munitions, shaped-charge warheads and propellants. It also manufactures precision metal components and aerostructures in support of the tactical missile industry. For more information, please visit

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 88,000 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available at

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