Eric Chewning joins HII as strategy EVP
Newport News, VA-based HII announced on January 30 that Eric Chewning, former chief of staff to the U.S. secretary of defense and deputy assistant secretary for industrial policy, has joined HII as executive vice president, strategy and development, reporting directly to HII President and CEO Chris Kastner. Chewning assumed the role on January 30.
Chewning joins HII as it grows its customer set across the armed forces and executes on its significant shipbuilding backlog for its primary customer, the U.S. Navy. HII is the nation’s only builder of aircraft carriers and its largest military shipbuilder; among defense technology distinctions it is the world’s largest producer of unmanned underwater vehicles, the largest aggregator of cyber data across the U.S. Department of Defense, and sole developer and operator of the department’s largest LVC (live, virtual and constructive) training enterprise that leverages artificial intelligence to maximize readiness while reducing costs.
With 20 years of experience in national security markets, Chewning will guide HII’s corporate strategy, including identifying new opportunities for growth, cross-division collaboration, and potential investment.
“HII has a unique opportunity to continue to deliver the proven capabilities our Navy urgently needs, while leading the way on technologies that strengthen and connect the services into the force of the future,” Kastner said. “Eric has the depth of experience and vision to harness the breadth of HII’s talent and resources and advance that mission in service of the nation.”
“HII is an exceptional defense partner, with a storied 135-year history of providing essential capabilities for America’s and allied warfighters. It is a keystone within our national security innovation base, a major American manufacturer, and vital contributor to the day-to-day mission of advancing U.S. national security,” Chewning said. “This is a mission worthy of all of our best efforts, and I am honored and excited to join this driven and committed leadership team.”
Most recently Chewning was the Americas co-lead for the aerospace and defense practice at McKinsey & Company. A former U.S. Department of Defense senior official, he served as the chief of staff to the Secretary of Defense, advising on all policy, operational, personnel, and budgetary matters, and driving senior leaders towards execution of the national defense strategy. Prior to that role, Chewning served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, where he was the principal advisor on defense industrial base and supply chain issues for the secretary.
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