GM Defense has appointed former Raytheon executive Stephen Murphy as its Vice President of Contracts and Subcontracts.
The military arm of the Detroit-based automaker announced Murphy’s appointment in a post shared to its LinkedIn page this week, saying the defense industry veteran “brings a wealth of contracts and supply chain management expertise,” to the company thanks to his nearly 30 years of experience in the defense and aerospace sectors. Prior to joining GM Defense, Murphy served as the Vice President for Raytheon Missiles and Defense’s Offset and Localization arm. He also previously served as Raytheon’s VP of Supply Chain and VP of Contracts.
“Steve will manage our contracts and subcontracts function for existing programs and future pursuits as we grow our book of business in global defense and government markets,” GM Defense said in a statement.
GM Defense is pleased to welcome Stephen Murphy as our new Vice President of Contracts and Subcontracts. With nearly 30 years of experience in the defense and aerospace sector, Steve brings a wealth of expertise to the @GM family. #wearegm #leadership pic.twitter.com/9IuIxp2Z6K
— GM Defense (@GMDefense) June 21, 2022
GM Defense was established in 2017 as part of an effort to diversify GM’s business and expand it beyond the automotive industry. The subsidiary was awarded a $214.3 million contract in 2019 to build, field, and sustain the U.S. Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle, or ISV, which is based on the Chevy Colorado platform. The ISV is produced at a dedicated GM Defense facility in North Carolina.
GM Defense is looking to grow its business beyond the ISV. It recently entered a partnership with military vehicle manufacturer General Dynamics Land Systems to develop a new project for the U.S. Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) competition and is rumored to be working on a battery-electric military vehicle based on the production GMC Hummer EV. GM Defense has also expressed interest in applying GM’s electric vehicle technology to other military applications, including its Ultium Drive motors and Ultium lithium-ion battery packs.
GM Defense also said this month that it would also expand its business into the Canadian market, with the company saying it’s well-positioned to meet the Canadian government’s defense requirements and propose potential made-in-Canada solutions for the country’s growing military.