In his new role, Hunt will focus on expanding the capabilities and capacity of the shipyard, as well as building common understanding with government customers.
“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.
Fincantieri Marinette Marine builds the Navy’s Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships. The shipyard is currently making additional improvements and expanding its shipyard infrastructure as it competes for a $10 billion federal shipbuilding contract to build the successor to the LCS.
A retired Navy 3-star admiral, Hunt joined Fincantieri Marinette Marine in 2018 as chief strategy officer.
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. After a tour as the commander of Third Fleet from 2009-11, Hunt 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 from in 2013. After his Navy career, Hunt worked for several years at Raytheon as the vice president of U.S. business development.