Kari Wilkinson

Vice President, Program Management

Kari Wilkinson

Kari is the Vice President of Program Management at Ingalls Shipbuilding. In this role, Kari and her team have profit and loss responsibility for all elements of program execution, and serve as the principal liaisons to the Customer for all platforms in the Ingalls portfolio. The Program Management team also has the responsibility for capture of new business within existing product lines at Ingalls.

Kari began her career with Ingalls as an Associate Naval Architect in 1996, coordinating the efforts of Engineering and Operations in support of major shipbuilding production events and milestones.

After developing a better understanding of the integration and delivery aspects of shipbuilding, Kari worked closely with the business development and concept design communities on requirements definition and preliminary ship designs for both domestic and international customers. She also supported the Israeli Navy project, working both overseas and in Washington DC, before moving into a rotation as the Director of Sector Administration in 2004.

With new perspective on the fundamentals of the business, Kari assumed a position as an Operations Director responsible for coordinating equipment recovery as a result of the damage incurred by Hurricane Katrina. This included prioritization of products and processes, as well as management of the equipment scope, budget and support to the insurance adjudication required for the successful restoration of the facility. In 2007, Kari moved into the Program Office as a Ship Program Manager within the San Antonio class LPD Program. In this role for San Diego (LPD 22), Arlington (LPD 24) and John P. Murtha (LPD 26), she developed an even deeper respect for the business and the people throughout the organization that were responsible for executing it.

Kari currently serves as the executive sponsor for iSHIP, an organization that supports the health and wellness of our workforce. A native of Jenison, Michigan, Kari earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Masters in Business Administration from Temple University.

Updated April 24, 2019

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