Chris Deegan – Chairman

Mr. Deegan was promoted into the position of President and Chief Executive in June 2016. He joined Gibbs & Cox as the Engineering Group Vice President in April 2013 following a distinguished 28 year civil service career with the US Navy. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, and a MS in Engineering from The Catholic University of America. In his naval acquisition career, Mr. Deegan was a member of the Department of the Navy’s Senior Executive Service (SES) for nearly ten years, serving in executive positions in the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Financial Management Budget office. Before his SES tours Mr. Deegan spent much of his career in submarine program management and in 1997 he was selected as a Brookings Fellow and served on Congressman John Murtha’s (House Appropriations Committee – Defense ranking member) personal staff.



Levi Catton

Levi Catton – Managing Director

Mr. Catton was installed as the Managing Director of Gibbs & Cox Australia in January 2020. Mr. Catton holds broad naval program experience as a professional Naval Architect, Engineering Manager and Program Director covering all phases of the naval ship capability lifecycle. He joined Gibbs & Cox Australia as a Program Director working on the SEA5000 program in December 2018. Previous to joining Gibbs & Cox Australia, he has held roles in engineering and acquisition management for Irving Shipbuilding on the Canadian Surface Combatant program, production engineering management for ASC Shipbuilding on the Hobart Class program, and prior roles with Thales Australia, DMO, and Navy Systems. Mr. Catton holds a Bachelor degree in Naval Architecture with Honours 1st Class from the Australian Maritime College, a Certificate in Complex Project Procurement Leadership from the University of Ottawa, and is currently completing an MBA from Deakin University.



David Shackleton

David Shackleton – Director

Vice Admiral Dr. David Shackleton AO (Ret.) is a former Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, an experienced senior leader and company director with a demonstrated history of success in management and consulting. Dr. Shackleton is skilled in Government, Navy, Management, Command, and Defence. Dr. Shackleton holds an Executive MBA from Monash University and a PhD from the University of NSW.