Little is known about Eckhardt's early life other than he was a Concordance Extraction Corporation executive, and a high-ranking one at that – Eckhardt was trusted with some of the company’s biggest secrets. He was sent to the USG Ishimura to oversee some business aboard the ship and Aegis VII.
Eckhardt is a fairly caring man, but is no fighter. He has a certain higher air to himself, often citing his "executive clearance" and talking down to lesser CEC personnel. When things go awry, he tends to blame others for his shortcomings.
The Aegis 7 Incident
Eckhardt was on Aegis VII during the Necromorphs' attack. He was found by Nathan McNeill, Lexine Murdoch, and Gabe Weller after one of the colony's shuttles crashed and destroyed all the remaining shuttles. Fortunately, Eckhardt informed the three that he has his own private shuttle and joined them in reaching his transport.
Some time after boarding the Ishimura, Eckhardt was revealed to be a devout Unitologist and was responsible for seeding the ship with his fellow church followers. However, his real intention for his presence on Aegis VII was to find Lexine Murdoch who is immune to the Marker's influence that plague human beings with dementia and possibly schizophrenia, and Lexine can protect others and herself from this. Warren learned why the Church realized Lexine is that person, as he and the group have not experienced hallucinations whenever she was with them.
He attempted to hide his faith from his fellow survivors to the extent that, when he was left alone with Catherine Howell, who knew of his faith, he allowed her to be killed by a Drag Tentacle. He then lied about her having sacrificed herself to save them, lest she reveal both this fact and that he was responsible for ensuring that Unitologists made up a large percentage of the Ishimura's crew. Weller discovered Eckhardt's secret which prompted the executive to shoot him in order to cover his tracks. Before he was able to reveal any further details of his plans to Weller, Eckhardt was attacked from behind by a Leaper and was mauled to death.