Christopher (Chris) Bencal
Executive Vice President of Business Development
Chris Bencal serves as Executive Vice President for Business Development for the Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3) overseeing business growth and collaborative partnerships. Prior to joining IN3, he served in business development executive roles at Battelle Memorial Institute National Security Business, as well as, Raytheon Advanced Technology Programs where he led strategy, business growth and account management for contract research and development programs with military, intelligence and commercial customers.
Bencal prides himself on creating collaborative partnerships between industry, academia, research labs and small businesses to deliver world class solutions to defense customers. He specializes in the application of next generation technologies in the areas of intelligence collection, unmanned systems, advanced materials, trusted microelectronics, and high energy lasers across maritime, space, air and missile defense market segments.
While at Battelle, he led a business development team across a diverse national security technology portfolio. During his business development tenure at Raytheon he worked closely with technical experts to build collaborative partnerships resulting in $1B in science and technology and research and development contracts with defense and intelligence customers.
Bencal was a career naval officer, naval aviator and joint service acquisition professional serving for 20 years in progressive leadership positions. During his service, he deployed around the world on multiple deployments and assignments. He retired from the U.S. Navy/U.S. Special Operations Command in 2006.
He has served on a number of boards including NDIA New England, Homebase, and World Boston and presently supports multiple veteran organizations.
Bencal holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Master’s degree in National Security from the Naval War College.