Mike Petters: President & CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries


Mike Petters is president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, America's largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the commercial and non-commercial oil, gas and energy markets. He is also a member of HII's Board of Directors.

Petters previously served as president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and as president of Northrop Grumman’s Newport News sector. He joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1987 in the Los Angeles-class submarine construction division. He held a number of increasingly responsible positions throughout the organization, including production supervisor for submarines, marketing manager for submarines and carriers, vice president of aircraft carrier programs, vice president of contracts and pricing, and vice president of human resources.

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Lone Sailor Award Tribute: Sept. 24, 2015


Oct. 7, 2020: Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2020 Healthcare Summit, Keynote Speech. Watch the video

Oct. 31, 2019: SNAME Maritime Convention, Keynote Speech on Education. Read the speech

June 24, 2019: Hunt Institute Early Childhood Leadership Summit. Read the speech

Feb. 22, 2019: Annual Business Luncheon at Tugaloo College. Read the speech

April 23, 2018: The Case for Career & Technical Education Symposium. Read the speech

July 11, 2017: AIA Supplier Management Council Summer Meeting Keynote. Read the speech

Sept. 14, 2016: U.S. Manufacturing and Public Policy Conference Keynote. Read the speech

April 19, 2016: Keynote speech at the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon. Read the speech

Oct. 6, 2015: "Building a Demand-Driven Talent Pipeline from the Very Beginning," keynote speech at the Virginia Workforce Conference. Read the speech

May 14, 2015: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Commencement. Read the speech

May 2, 2015: Christening of guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Read the speech

March 31, 2015: "License to Learn," part of the Zeien Lecture Series at the Webb Institute. Read the speech

Jan. 28, 2015: "The Case for Playing the Long Game: How Leaders Can Create Long-Term Value in a Business Environment with Short Term Priorities," at Detroit Economic Club. Read the speech

Dec. 13, 2014: Old Dominion University Commencement. Read the speech

Oct. 14, 2014: The Economics of Early Childhood Education, at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Read the speech.

June 5, 2014: An Achievable Dream Graduation. Read the speech

May 3, 2014: St. Leo University Graduation. Watch a video | Read the speech

Contact information

Beci Brenton
HII Corporate Director of Public Affairs
(202) 264-7143

About Huntington Ingalls

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division supports national security missions around the globe with unmanned systems, defense and federal solutions, and nuclear and environmental services. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 41,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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