Mike Petters is executive vice chairman of the board of directors at HII, a global engineering and defense technologies provider. Petters previously served as HII’s president and CEO until March 1, 2022
As executive vice chairman, Petters supports the leadership transition, consistent with the company’s succession plan, and will remain an HII employee through 2022.
Previously, Petters 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.
Petters is chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association’s executive committee and as a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. He also serves on the College of William and Mary Board of Visitors as well as the board of advisors for the Center for a New American Security.
A native of Florida, Petters earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982, served aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS George Bancroft (SSBN 643) and spent five years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1993, he earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary.
In 2017, Petters received the Committee for Economic Development’s Owen B. Butler Education Excellence Award, which recognizes an individual’s exceptional commitment to quality education, skills development and workforce development programs.