Austal USA announced today that Craig Perciavalle has been chosen to assume the role as President of the Mobile, Alabama-based shipyard.
“I am pleased to see Craig Perciavalle take the helm,” said Austal USA Chairman Rear Admiral Dugan Shipway. “He is a true American shipbuilder who will deliver on our existing naval contracts.”
Brian Leathers, Austal USA’s Chief Financial Officer has held the role of Interim President since June 22 when former COO and President Joe Rella resigned.
Mr. Perciavalle is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Operations. He joined Austal USA in 2007, serving in a number of senior management positions while overseeing Austal’s transition from a small, conventional commercial shipyard to an efficient, modular manufacturer of the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship and Joint High Speed Vessel.
“Craig helped design, build and staff Austal’s American facilities” said Andrew Bellamy, Austal’s Chief Executive Officer. “He is uniquely prepared to transition this shipyard into serial production and manufacture ships at a pace unmatched in the United States today.”
About Craig Perciavalle, President, Austal USA, via Austal
Craig Perciavalle is President of Austal USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian shipbuilding company, Austal Limited. Austal USA is America’s largest aluminum shipbuilding company, currently employing over 2,800 employees in Mobile, Alabama.
Mr. Perciavalle joined Austal USA in 2007 from Jeffboat, Inc., located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, where he was the Director of Quality Control, Program Management and Production Control.
Mr. Perciavalle has 20 years of experience in the shipbuilding and repair industry and has worked at several Gulf Coast shipyards, including: Bender Shipbuilding & Repair in Mobile, Alabama; Atlantic Marine in both Mobile, Alabama and Jacksonville, Florida; and Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana. Mr. Perciavalle has held various senior management positions successfully overseeing commercial and government new construction and repair programs of diverse vessel types; most recently the Joint High-Speed Vessel (JHSV) and Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), both high-speed aluminum vessels presently being built by Austal for the US Navy.
Currently, Mr. Perciavalle serves as an Executive Control Board Member of the National Shipbuilding and Research Program (NSRP) focusing on reducing the cost of acquiring, operating and maintaining Navy ships.
Mr. Perciavalle is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering Systems. He served as a commissioned officer in the US Navy Reserve.
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