Christopher D. Kastner is EVP and COO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry.
Kastner was promoted to the position in February 2021 after serving as HII’s EVP and CFO since March 2016. As COO, Kastner oversees HII’s three operating divisions and works closely with the division presidents to drive execution on HII’s historic backlog.
As CFO, Kastner was responsible for directing HII Corporate Strategy and processes in support of business growth and profitability goals. He was also responsible for corporate business management functions, including investor relations, treasury, internal audit, contracts, accounting, financial reporting, planning and analysis, rates and budgets, and mergers and acquisition. He also provided oversight for segment business management, contracts, and estimating and pricing.
Kastner has also served as vice president and CFO for HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, as vice president, business management, and CFO for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast, and as vice president, contracts and risk management, for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. Most recently, he served as HII’s corporate vice president and general manager, corporate development, and was responsible for strategy and development activities, including the development and integration of strategic planning efforts as well as the analysis and entrance into new adjacent markets.
Kastner has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is on the board of directors for WHRO, the only public broadcasting station in the United States owned by a collaboration of 19 local public school districts, and on the board of trustees for Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division supports national security missions around the globe with unmanned systems, defense and federal solutions, and nuclear and environmental services. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 42,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.
Updated Feb. 12, 2021
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