Phebe Novakovic of Falls Church, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics, has been elected to the Northwestern University Board of Trustees.
Novakovic became chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics on Jan. 1, 2013. She was previously named the company’s president and chief operating officer and a member of the company’s board of directors in May 2012. Prior to her appointment as president and chief operating officer, Novakovic was executive vice president for the Marine Systems group, responsible for the performance of three General Dynamics companies: Bath Iron Works, Electric Boat and NASSCO. Previously, Novakovic had been senior vice president of planning and development since July 2005, where she was responsible for government relations, communications, international, investor relations and strategic planning. She also has served as vice president of strategic planning, a position to which she was appointed in October 2002.
Novakovic received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1988; she completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College in 1979.
Novakovic’s daughter completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in 2010.