General Dynamics promotes Kirchmaier, Schmid

January 11, 2019 at 12:21 PM

General Dynamics said today Robert Helm, its senior vice president for planning and development, will become special adviser to the chief executive, effective April 1.

Thomas Kirchmaier will become senior vice president for planning, communications and trade compliance, while Betsy Schmid will lead the government relations organization. All three will report to the CEO.

Helm joined General Dynamics in 2010. In his new role, he “will provide counsel to the CEO on emergent issues and continue to support General Dynamics’ strategic initiatives,” the contractor said.

Kirchmaier, who has been with the company since 1978, has worked in multiple roles, including president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and senior vice president of General Dynamics Information Technology. Since 2015, he has served as vice president for strategic initiatives.

Schmid came to General Dynamics in 2015. She has also worked at the Aerospace Industries Association, the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.