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Thom Burke
VP Washington Operations at ST Engineering North America Inc


Thom Burke has a record of delivering best-in-class strategies that drive profitable enterprise change.  His experience spans both the private sector and a highly accomplished career with the US Navy, where he led teams of up to 5,000 and held financial responsibility ranging from a few million to over $25B.

 Most recently, as part of the senior leadership team as ST Engineering transitioned from its previous name, VT System, Thom collaborated with C-level executives and participated in developing the strategy for the company’s expansion into the US market. This included establishing a full US headquarters and generating synergies among its subsidiaries in the Aerospace, Marine, Land, and Electronics sectors to successfully go to market in North America.

 Among his many accomplishments at ST Engineering, Thom was heavily involved in the proposal for the Polar Security Cutter, the contract award was a major win for the company, the largest in its history.  Thom’s influence helped persuade the leadership team to bid on the project. Culminating over a year of planning, proposal preparation, and follow up, the company’s major subsidiary, VT Halter Marine, captured the $1.9B contract with the US Coast Guard.

 Prior to joining ST Engineering, Thom enjoyed a distinguished career in the US Navy where his roles included serving as Director of Fleet Readiness with accountability for funding the operations and maintenance accounts, a $24B budget, of the entire US Naval Fleet. He also had the honor of commanding two ships, USS RONALD REAGAN, one of the US Navy’s premier aircraft carriers, and USS BLUE RIDGE, the flagship for the US 7th Fleet  stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.


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