Christopher C. Bernhardt
Executive Vice President and President of Electronic Systems, Exelis Inc.
Christopher (Chris) Bernhardt is the Executive Vice President and President of Electronic Systems, a division of Exelis Inc. providing advanced systems and technologies in the areas of force protection/counter-IED systems; integrated electronic warfare systems; tactical, satellite and special mission communications systems; C4 systems; reconnaissance, radar and acoustic systems; and integrated structures.
assumed that role upon the company's October 2011 spin off from ITT Corporation
Bernhardt first joined Exelis, then an operating segment of ITT called Defense & Information Solutions, in 2001 as President of its Electronic Systems business.
From 2006 to 2008, Bernhardt also served in a dual role as Vice President of Strategy/M&A and Business Development for the defense operating segment of ITT, leading its organic and acquisitive growth from $3.2 billion to $6.4 billion.
has more than 30 years of proven experience in the defense, aerospace and commercial electronics industries.
He has held a broad array of leadership positions in the areas of general management (P&L), program management, business development, strategy development, M&A and operations with leadership emphasis on team building, strategic repositioning and execution, innovation, process improvement, business transformation, talent development and customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining Exelis, Bernhardt served in executive leadership positions with General Electric Aerospace; Smiths Industries; Allied Signal as President Guidance and Controls; Litton Industries as President, Data and C3 Systems; and Stellex Technologies as Chairman, President and CEO.
Bernhardt holds a Bachelor of Science from Duke University and an MBA from Hofstra University.
He is a graduate of ITT's Ashridge Management College, Wharton's Executive Finance Program and is a certified Value Based Six Sigma Green Belt.
He is a member of AUSA, the Strategic Advisory Board of the Journal of Electronic Defense (JED), Navy League, Air Force Association, Association of Old Crows (AOC), and the Army Aviation Association of America.