Walt Havenstein

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Walter P. "Walt" Havenstein is an American businessman, engineer, former United States Marine and current Republican candidate for Governor of New Hampshire in 2014. Formerly, he served as president & CEO of Science Applications International Corporation until his retirement in June of 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Havenstein graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and received a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Havenstein served in the US Marine Corps from 1971 to 1983.[1]


Havenstein began his career in the defense industry at ITT Corporation's Aerospace and Communications Division. Havenstein has held executive roles at Raytheon, including vice president and general manager of the Strategic Systems Division, director of business development for the Communications Manufacturing Division, vice president and general manager of the Surveillance and Control Division and vice president for Tactical Data Systems.[1]

Havenstein joined BAE Systems in 2000 when the company purchased Lockheed Martin Aerospace Electronic Systems, including its Sanders subsidiary of which he was president.[1] Aerospace Electronic Systems was renamed BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration and Havenstein was named president. From 2003 to 2005 Havenstein was executive vice president for BAE Systems North America. In a major reorganisation in 2005, BAE Systems North America was renamed BAE Systems Inc., BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration was merged into the newly created BAE Systems Electronics and Integrated Solutions. Havenstein became president of this new operating group.[1]

On September 12, 2006, BAE Systems announced that Mark Ronald, president and CEO of BAE Systems Inc. would retire at the end of 2006 and that he would be replaced in these roles and as a BAE Systems plc board member by Walt Havenstein effective from January 2, 2007.

Havenstein replaced John Abele as Chairman of the Board of FIRST[2][3] in 2010.


As of June 26, 2009, Havenstein has resigned as director and chief operating officer of BAE Systems plc and president and CEO of its subsidiary BAE Systems Inc after spending two years at the helm. Effective September 21, 2009, Havenstein succeeded Ken Dahlberg as the CEO of Science Applications International Corporation, a company with over $10 billion in revenue.[4][5] As SAIC's CEO, Havenstein was selected to receive the Technology "Good Scout Award" at the annual luncheon on October 19, 2010.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]

In December 2009, Havenstein was honored and recognized as a recipient of the Spirit of Service Award given by the Youth Leadership Foundation,[7] which provides academic tutoring and mentoring to disadvantaged youth in the Washington, DC metro area.

2014 New Hampshire gubernatorial campaign[edit]

On April 16, 2014, Havenstein announced that he was running for Governor of New Hampshire as a Republican.


  1. ^ a b c d "BAE Systems Names Walt Havenstien President of E&IS Operating Group" (PDF) (Press release). BAE Systems. 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2007-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Walt Havenstein". FIRST. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "John E. Abele". FIRST. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "SAIC Announces CEO Succession" (Press release). SAIC. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  5. ^ "ExecutiveBiz Names Top 20 People to Watch in 2010". ExecutiveBiz. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  6. ^ "SAIC’s Walt Havenstein to be Honored as Tech Leader". ExecutiveBiz. 
  7. ^ "Spirit of Service Award". Youth League Foundation. Retrieved 24 September 2011.