Clarence French Named President Of NASSCO
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., has announced that Clarence L. (Larry) French has been named president and chief operating officer. Stephen A. Girard, headquartered at Kaiser Center in Oakland, Calif., was named the shipbuilder's chief executive officer in addition to his current post as chairman.
Roland A. Kjelland, former NASSCO president and chief executive officer, has resigned to assume broadened responsibilities with Kaiser Steel Corporation as its executive vice president. He continues as a member of the NASSCO board of directors.
Mr. French has served as NASSCO's executive vice president and general manager since May 1976 and as executive vice president, operations, since January 1976. He joined the company in 1967, and has served as director of engineering and vice president of engineering between December 1974 and January 1976.
Mr. French earned B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and naval science at Tufts University. Before joining NASSCO, he served as a supervising engineer with a multinational engineering firm, and in engineering capacities with several of the nation's largest steelmakers.
Mr. French is a member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, The American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is also a state-registered professional engineer.