Nicholas Chabraja

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Nicholas D. Chabraja (pronounced cha-brah-ya) (born November 6, 1942 in Gary, Indiana[1]) is an American lawyer and former Chief Executive Officer[2] of General Dynamics Corporation.


In 1967 he got a law degree from the Northwestern University.[1] He was then employed by the Jenner & Block law firm in which he stayed for almost thirty years, from 1968 to 1997. In this first and longest period of his career he also served as a Special Counsel for the United States House of Representatives. He also held counseling positions for General Dynamics, being a Senior Vice President and Counsel from 1993 to 1994, and a Vice Chairman from 1996 to 1997.[3]

In 1997 he was appointed a Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics, a position which he held for twelve years, stepping down from his office in June 30, 2009. This makes Nicholas Chabraja the longest-serving Chief Executive Officer of the top five defense contractors, the others being Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Raytheon. Under his management General Dynamics grew rapidly, mainly through acquisitions: from $4 billion in sales and 29,000 employees, to $29.3 billion in sales and 92,900 employees in 2008.[4] In 2008, Nicholas D. Chabraja earned a total compensation of $17,962,579, which included a base salary of $1,375,000, a cash bonus of $4,500,000, stocks granted worth $3,756,556, options granted worth $7,926,420, and other compensation worth $404,603.[5] In 2009, he was included in the list of the 24 "TopGun CEOs" in the US, published by Brendan Wood International, an advisory agency.[6][7]

He is also a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.


  1. ^ a b "Nicholas D. Chabraja". Archived from the original on 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  2. ^ "General Dynamics Corporate Office Information". Archived from the original on 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Nicholas D. Chabraja". Businessweek. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Hedgpeth, Dana (2009-06-22). "At General Dynamics, Chief Leaves a Legacy Of Nailing the Numbers". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  5. ^ 2008 CEO Compensation for Nicholas D. Chabraja,
  6. ^ The Market's Best Managers -,
  7. ^ Brendan Wood International Announces 24 TopGun CEOs in the US Archived 2016-01-18 at the Wayback Machine.,

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