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 business development on requirements definition and preliminary ship designs for both domestic and international customers before moving into a rotation as the Director of Sector Administration in 2004.

With this new perspective, Kari assumed a position as a director in Operations initially 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. This role on San Diego (LPD 22), Arlington (LPD 24) and John P. Murtha (LPD 26) deepened her 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 employee resource group which supports the health and wellness of Ingalls’ 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 Master’s in Business Administration from Temple University.

Updated December 2, 2019

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