Vice President of People, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Chris Hiltbrand’s biggest recent achievement was leading a team that managed a successful nationwide workforce transformation over the past two years, while maintaining a high level of employee engagement during a challenging pandemic.
Over the course of the pandemic, Hiltbrand and his team supported the transition of a workforce of more than 12,000 employees from 95% onsite to approximately 40% onsite full-time. Despite the challenges of moving a significant percentage of the company’s predominantly technical-oriented workforce to remote and hybrid work, the company’s employees have overwhelmingly rated their current work arrangements and ability for their team to work effectively in the new flexible environment as highly favorable.
These results, along with Hiltbrand’s action-based operational approach to problems, allow the company to stay ahead of the Great Resignation curve.
“I am so incredibly proud of my team, our managers and employees, and their ability to solve complex challenges,” he said. “Time and time again they deliver on our customer commitments during the most difficult of circumstances, at work and at home.”
Looking ahead, Hiltbrand and his team are heavily focused on establishing General Dynamics Mission Systems as an industry leader that attracts and retains great talent by virtue of the company’s innovative work, high-performance team culture and competitive compensation and benefits.
Hiltbrand is working towards creating an inclusive, diverse and exciting employee environment that rewards performance, drives innovation and fosters professional and personal growth. Hiltbrand’s team will also continue to enhance the company’s flexible hybrid work environment, leadership development programs and internal mobility programs.