David Ibbetson is the vice president for the International Division of General Dynamics Mission Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. Mr. Ibbetson has responsibility and executive oversight of the international division, including large operations in Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy. General Dynamics Mission Systems delivers mission-critical, cyber-secure systems for military and government organizations worldwide. The company formed when General Dynamics combined General Dynamics C4 Systems and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems into a single business entity effective January 1, 2015.
Prior to this, Mr. Ibbetson was vice president of the International Division of General Dynamics C4 Systems. He was also previously general manager of General Dynamics Canada, one of Canada’s largest defence electronics companies with more than 1100 employees and facilities in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax.
Mr. Ibbetson has more than 25 years of international executive and engineering expertise with multinational organizations including General Dynamics, Vickers Defence Systems in the United Kingdom (now part of BAE Systems Land and Armaments Group), and Alcatel in Kanata, Ontario. Previous roles within General Dynamics Canada include Vice President of the Air and Naval Systems business unit where he had executive responsibility for the company’s suite of maritime and airborne programs and solutions and Director Vetronic Systems, where Mr. Ibbetson’s strong operational and customer focus resulted in significant growth and expansion of the company’s vehicle electronics systems on the United States armoured vehicle fleet.
Mr. Ibbetson joined General Dynamics Canada in 1996. He holds a Master of Science in Advanced Experimental Physics from the University of Northumbria and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. David lives in Carp, Ontario with his wife, Eileen, and his two children.