Photo Release -- Huntington Ingalls Industries Announces the Appointment of Bruce N. Hawthorne as Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and Names Company Senior Leadership Team


NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII) announced today that Bruce N. Hawthorne has been named to the position of corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary. HII, previously known as Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, began operating today as an independent, publicly owned company after being spun off from Northrop Grumman Corp.

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Hawthorne is the company's chief legal officer and has overall responsibility for the law department and its outside counsel. Prior to joining HII, he served as partner and development chairman for the law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP (AGG). From 2008 until joining AGG, he served as co-founder and managing director of Consigliere Group LLC, a consulting and technology services business established to help law firms and in-house law departments. His corporate experience includes service as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Electronic Data Systems as well as executive vice president and chief staff officer for Sprint Corp.

Hawthorne was also a senior partner of the law firm King & Spalding LLP and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from the University of Detroit and a juris doctor from Vanderbilt University.

He will report to Mike Petters, president and CEO of HII. "Bruce brings with him great legal and leadership experience that is critical to Huntington Ingalls Industries as we begin operating as a publicly owned company," Petters said. "He joins what is arguably the strongest and most experienced team in the industry and one that I'm confident will help steer HII to a successful future."

The other members of the HII senior leadership team, all having previously served on the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding senior team, are:

  • Irwin F. Edenzon, corporate vice president and general manager, Gulf Coast Operations;
  • Matthew J. Mulherin, corporate vice president and general manager, Newport News Operations;
  • Barbara A. Niland, corporate vice president, business management, and chief financial officer;
  • William R. Ermatinger, corporate vice president and chief human resources officer;
  • Daniel L. Arczynski, corporate vice president, strategy;
  • Jerri Fuller Dickseski, corporate vice president, communications;
  • George M. Simmerman, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel;
  • Scott Stabler, corporate vice president, corporate operations; and
  • Mitchell "Mitch" B. Waldman, corporate vice president, government and customer relations.

Their biographies can be found online at:

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Employing nearly 38,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information, please visit

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Statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these statements. Factors that may cause such differences include: changes in government and customer priorities and requirements (including government budgetary constraints, shifts in defense spending, and changes in customer short-range and long-range plans); our ability to obtain new contracts, estimate our costs and perform effectively; risks related to our spin-off from Northrop Grumman (including our increased costs and leverage); our ability to realize the expected benefits from consolidation of our Gulf Coast facilities; natural disasters; adverse economic conditions in the United States and globally; and other risk factors discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. There may be other risks and uncertainties that we are unable to predict at this time or that we currently do not expect to have a material adverse effect on our business, and we undertake no obligations to update any forward-looking statements.

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