Christopher D. Kastner is president and CEO of HII, an all-domain defense and technologies partner and America’s largest shipbuilder. He is also a member of HII’s Board of Directors.
Kastner was named to the position in March 2022. He previously served as HII’s chief operating officer where he oversaw HII’s three operating divisions and worked closely with the division presidents to drive execution on HII’s historic backlog. Prior to that, he was HII’s executive vice president and chief financial officer since March 2016.
As CFO, Kastner’s responsibilities included directing HII Corporate Strategy and processes in support of business growth and profitability goals. In the position, he oversaw 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.
Prior to joining HII’s corporate senior executive team, Kastner was 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. He has 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.