Walter P. Havenstein
Vice Chair, FIRST
Former CEO, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Walter P. Havenstein joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as chief executive officer on September 21, 2009 and retired on March 1, 2012.
He is also vice chair of the board of directors of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. He serves on the board of advisors for the Whittemore School of Business, University of New Hampshire.
Prior to joining SAIC, Havenstein served as chief operating officer and member of the board of directors for BAE Systems plc, a $34 billion global aerospace and defense company; and as president and chief executive officer of BAE Systems Inc., the company’s wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, which employs 53,000 employees and generates annual sales in excess of $20 billion. Havenstein previously served as president of the Electronics & Integrated Solutions Operating Group within BAE Systems. Before that, he was president of BAE Systems’ Information and Electronic Warfare Systems business unit. Havenstein was president of the Sanders defense electronics business prior to it being acquired by BAE from Lockheed Martin in 2000. Before joining Sanders in 1999, he had been vice president and general manager of the Strategic Systems Division for Raytheon. He began his defense industry career at the ITT Aerospace and Communications Division in business development and program management roles.
Havenstein received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1971 to 1983, specializing in tactical communications and systems acquisition management, and completed his career in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1999 retiring as a colonel.