SAIC CEO Appointed Chairman of FIRST ® Board of Directors

Excellent choice, in my opinion.

"Havenstein joined SAIC as chief executive officer in 2009. He is also a member of SAIC’s board of directors. 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 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.

Beginning his defense industry career at the ITT Aerospace and Communications Division in business development and program management roles, he also 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.

He 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 also serves on the board of directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; and on the board of advisors for the University of New Hampshire, Whittemore School of Business."


Very excellent indeed !

My father actually works for SAIC, so this is some pretty good news I think! SAIC is a great company, I’m glad FIRST has a very strong tie with them now. Can’t wait to see what happens in the future!