MARINETTE, WI –
The Board of Directors of Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation named retired Navy 3-star admiral Richard W. Hunt as the president of the shipyard at its annual board meeting last week.
“This move is indicative of Fincantieri’s commitment to growth in the U.S. government business sector, as we solidify our position as a major shipbuilder in the defense industrial base,” said Dario Deste, CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group. Deste said that Hunt will focus on expanding the capabilities and capacity of the shipyard, as well as building common understanding with government customers.
“Rick is the consummate professional who cares deeply for the U.S. Navy and their future capabilities,” added Deste.
Prior to Hunt, Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s Jan Allman was the President and CEO. Allman remains as the CEO of the busy and expanding Marinette shipyard where the Navy’s Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships are built.
Vice Adm. Hunt is a 1975 University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate who served nearly 38 years as a surface warfare officer in the Navy. During that time Hunt deployed on numerous ships and with various commands, with command tours on USS Crommelin (FFG 37) 1993-1995, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) 1999-2001, and Carrier Strike Group Six/John F Kennedy Strike Group in 2005. Hunt also served as the commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa in 2006-2007. After a tour as the commander of Third Fleet from 2009-2011, he spent the next year as the commander of surface forces in the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and then became Director of the Navy Staff at the Pentagon, where he retired in November of 2013.
After his Navy career, Hunt worked for several years at Raytheon as the Vice President of U.S. Business Development. He transitioned to Chief Strategy Officer at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in April 2018.
Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts, ship repairs and conversions, systems and components production and after-sales services.
Headquartered in Trieste Italy, the Group has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. With around 19,000 employees, of whom more than 7,800 are in Italy, and 20 shipyards on four continents, today Fincantieri is the leading Western shipbuilder. It has among its clients the major cruise operators, the Italian and the U.S. Navy, in addition to several foreign navies, and it is partner of some of the main European defense companies within supranational programs. www.fincantieri.com
Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG). This company, which serves government customers, including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, has three shipyards (Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri ACE Marine) all located in the Great Lakes Region: www.fincantierimarinegroup.com
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