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Mike Petters M.B.A. ’93

Mike Petters M.B.A. ’93 is the CEO of the newly formed Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., the company formerly known as Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, the world’s leading military shipbuilder.

Before becoming CEO of Huntington Ingalls, Petters served Northrop Grumman as a corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Petters wass responsible for the design, construction and overhaul of conventionally-powered surface combatants, amphibious and auxiliary ships and nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers.

Prior to that appointment, Petters was president of the company’s Newport News sector. His responsibilities included the Virginia-class submarine program; USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) and CVN 21 aircraft carrier programs; aircraft carrier overhaul and refueling; submarine fleet maintenance; commercial and naval ship repair; and business and technology development.

A native of Florida, Petters earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982. After completing nuclear propulsion training, he was assigned to the USS George Bancroft where he held progressively responsible leadership positions, including reactor controls assistant, communications officer and refueling officer. After joining the Naval Reserve in 1988, he participated in three NATO exercises as submarine control officer. In 1993, Petters earned a master’s in business administration from the College of William and Mary.

Petters joined the company’s Newport News sector in 1987 in the Los Angeles-class submarine construction division. He has held a number of increasingly responsible positions throughout the organization. These include production supervisor for submarines, marketing manager for submarines and for carriers, vice president for aircraft carrier programs, and vice president for contracts and pricing.

Petters was appointed by former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Shipbuilding Association, the Naval Submarine League and is a member of both the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. He also serves on the Distinguished Advisory Board for the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation.

— Source: Northrup Grumman

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