Christopher Kastner, most recently chief operating officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries, officially assumed responsibilities as president and CEO of HII on Tuesday and plans to continue transforming HII from a shipbuilding company into a provider of defense technologies across the globe, Defense News reported.
“HII’s unique capabilities are critical to America’s security, and we have a responsibility to do more. We will continue to respect tradition and leverage innovation as we build and deliver great ships,” Kastner wrote in a memo to employees obtained by the publication.
“And we will support a growing set of national security customers through technologies and solutions essential to their missions,” he added.
Petters, a previous Wash100 Award winner, will continue to serve as executive vice chairman of the board and support leadership transition until the end of 2022.