Mike Petters is executive vice chairman of the board of directors at HII, a global engineering and defense technologies provider.
Petters previously served as president and CEO of HII before stepping down in March of 2022. Prior to that, he 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.
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