President and CFO
Rusty Murdaugh is president and CFO of Austal USA. He leads an
organization of nearly 3,200 shipbuilding professionals headquartered
in Mobile, Alabama, with operations in Washington, D.C., San Diego
and Singapore and is responsible for all aspects of Austal USA’s ship
manufacturing, service and support operations worldwide.
Murdaugh brings over 33 years of strong financial and business
management experience from within the defense contracting industry.
Before joining Austal, he served as vice president of finance for a
business segment of Esterline Corporation. Prior to Esterline, he was
with Avnet, Inc., where he held the positions of group financial officer followed by vice president of financial
planning and analysis. Earlier in his career, Murdaugh held financial
and business management positions with United Technologies (formerly Goodrich) and Honeywell.
Murdaugh holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and management from Saint Leo University and a master’s
degree in government contracting from the Florida Institute of Technology. His vast global finance and
management experience includes operations, government contracting, and strategic planning. He has a
proven record of leadership in complex business environments with strong financial performance.
Murdaugh is a Six Sigma green belt and a certified Lean Practitioner Trainer. He is a member of the Propeller
Club of the United States: Port of Mobile.
About Austal USA
Austal USA is an advanced shipbuilder headquartered in Mobile, Ala. with service centers in San Diego and
Singapore. The company’s modern ship manufacturing facility is designed to maximize efficiency through
the use of moving assembly lines for module construction and adherence to lean manufacturing principles.
Austal USA joined the U.S. defense market in 2004 and quickly rose to become the fifth largest shipbuilder
in the U.S. Today, Austal USA supports both steel and aluminum ship construction as well as services and
support worldwide. The company is under contract with the U.S. Navy to build the small surface combatant
Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, the auxiliary ship Expeditionary Fast Transport, and the Towing,
Salvage and Rescue ships. Earning safety excellence awards the last six consecutive years, Austal USA
continues to be one of the safest shipyards in America.