Mr. Petters assumed his role as President and CEO on March 31, 2011. He is also a member of the Huntington Ingalls Industries board of directors. From 2008 until his appointment in 2011, he was the president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Prior to this position, he was the president of Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector. Mr. Petters first came to Newport News Shipbuilding in 1987 in their Los Angeles-class submarine construction division. He held a number of positions that included being the production supervisor for submarines, the marketing manager for submarines and carriers and more.
Mr. Petters is the Vice Chairman of the Virginia Business Council. He is on the Board of Directors for the US Naval Academy Foundation and also for the National Bureau of Asian Research. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. He is on the advisory council for the Naval Historical Foundation and he is on the distinguished advisory board for the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation.
Petters has a bachelor's degree in physics from the US Naval Academy which he received in 1982. He was in the US Naval Reserves for five years. He has a Master's Degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary. He is a native of Florida.
It was formerly known as Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB), created on January 28, 2008 by the merger of Northrop Grumman's two shipbuilding sectors, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and Northrop Grumman Newport News. The company takes its name from the founders of its two main facilities: Collis Potter Huntington (Newport News) and Robert Ingalls (Pascagoula).