Richard Vortmann

Richard H. Vortmann retired after a 30-year career with National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) based in San Diego, California where he served as President for 22 years. He also retired after six years as Vice President of General Dynamics Corporation. He most recently completed an assignment as Interim President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Vortmann recently completed a 7-year term on the Board (including 2 years as Chairman) of Scripps Health; Vortmann is a Member of Council, American Bureau of Shipping. He is a Trustee on the San Diego County Employees Retirement System. Previously Vortmann served as Chairman of both the American Shipbuilders Association and the Shipbuilders Council of America, and Vice Chairman of the National Academies of Science Marine Board. For 14 years he was the Chairman of the American delegation to the Japanese, European, Chinese, Korean, and United States Annual Shipbuilding Conference. He also served as a Director of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego Economic Development Corporation. He was a member of the San Diego Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Finance Committee, and Vice Chair of the San Diego Pension Reform Committee. Vortmann was born in San Francisco, California. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance in 1966 and an MBA in 1967 from the University of California, Berkeley, for whom he also played basketball. He taught on the Business School faculty of his alma mater from 1967 to 1969 while doing postgraduate work before entering private industry.