Robert T. Hastings Jr., APR+M, Fellow PRSA, is a proven leader, business executive and strategic communicator with a track record of success spanning a 30+ year multifaceted career in military, public service and corporate leadership.
As executive vice president for Bell Helicopter, Mr. Hastings currently leads all aspects of the company’s global communications programs including government affairs, employee communications, public relations, marketing communications, branding, corporate giving and community affairs. He also serves as the company’s chief of staff.
In addition to his current role at Bell Helicopter, Mr. Hastings has held senior communications and corporate leadership roles with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.
Mr. Hastings is a retired U.S. Army officer with more than 30 years’ combined federal and state military experience. His U.S. Army assignments include command tours in aviation and cavalry and operational assignments in Germany, Eastern Europe, Central America, Iraq, and Bosnia. In the Texas State Guard, Mr. Hastings commanded a Civil Affairs Regiment and served as chief of public affairs and chief of staff–Army Component.
In 2009, he was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal for his contributions as the Pentagon’s chief communication and public affairs officer. He was honored by the University of Maryland University College as a Distinguished Alumnus and by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) with the Lloyd B. Dennis Distinguished Leadership Award. Mr. Hastings is a recipient of the Order of St. George Medallion from the Cavalry & Armor Association, the Order of St. Michael Award from the Army Aviation Association of America, and is a member of the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame. Additionally, he has earned PRSA’s Silver Anvil Award of Excellence and IABC’s Gold Quill Award for Excellence in Communications Management.
Mr. Hastings is the chairman of the North Texas Commission, and serves on the Board of Directors of General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Armed Services YMCA, the Metropolitan D.C. USO, and the Advisory Council for the University of Florida Master’s Program in Global Strategic Communication. He is a licensed commercial pilot with a broad range of experience and ratings in both military and civilian aircraft. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in government studies from the University of Maryland, and has completed executive studies at the Wharton School of Business and the University of Michigan.