AMERICAN SYSTEMS, a leading provider of government IT and engineering solutions and one of the top 100 employee-owned companies in the U.S., today announced that Stephen Metz has been appointed to its executive team as Vice President/Executive Director of Navy Programs.
Metz will manage AMERICAN SYSTEMS' existing business units which focus on various U.S. Department of the Navy markets, including the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Naval Sea Systems Command, Space and Warfare Systems Command, and Surface Fleet Commands. Metz replaces Steve Bonwich, who is retiring after spending the past nine years leading the company’s Navy programs.
“Our support of the U.S. Navy goes back almost 40 years, and adding a Navy and industry vet with Steve Metz’s experience and reputation to our team ensures that our partnership with this important customer will continue to thrive,” said Peter Smith, president and CEO, AMERICAN SYSTEMS.
Metz has many years of leadership and management experience at the corporate level and in Department of Defense organizations in Washington, D.C. and in the field. Prior to joining AMERICAN SYSTEMS, Metz held senior positions with QED Systems, Inc., Definitive Logic, CDI-Marine, and BAE Systems, after serving in the U.S. Navy for 31 years. As DDG Project Officer, Metz managed the reconstruction and return of the USS Cole to the operational fleet following the terrorist attack on the vessel in 2000.
Metz earned a B.S. in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, and Master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Metz is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Naval Engineers.