Senior Advisory Board Member
Prior to joining Artel in December 2012, Hengst was corporate vice president and CIO of Harris Corporation. In that capacity he was responsible for setting the strategic direction, architecture and governance of the corporation's global IT enterprise to drive innovation, fuel growth, enable change, and create a competitive advantage through the use of information technology. Prior to that, he was president of Harris IT Services, leading all aspects of the nearly $1 billion organization to shape growth strategies and advance innovation in the global delivery of secure, mission-enabling IT solutions.
Before joining Harris, Hengst served as senior vice president, Army Solutions, for General Dynamics. He was responsible for the daily operations and integration activities of a newly created $1 billion business division. Prior to that assignment, he was vice president and general manager for Army and Civil Solutions. Prior to taking the position at General Dynamics, Hengst served in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of colonel in 2002. His last assignment was as CIO and J6 at U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. As CIO, Hengst was responsible for planning, funding, and execution of all phases of information, computing, and communications resources for a 46,000-person command.
Hengst earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Science degree in management information systems from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Hengst sits on the Senior Advisory Group of the Board of Directors for the NVTC. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Mocana and HyTrust, both Silicon Valley companies that are venture capital funded. He also is a board member of STOPSO a privately held government IT services company. Hengst is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC). He is an active member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Signal Corps Regimental Association (SCRA), and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).