HII Talking Points

Welcome to “HII Talking Points,” a Huntington Ingalls Industries podcast.
Twice a quarter, we sit down with HII leaders to discuss topics of interest in our company and industry.

Sept. 21, 2021: Chad Boudreaux

Chad Boudreaux, HII executive vice president and chief legal officer, talks about how his team responded throughout the COVID-19 pandemic from a legal perspective.

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Chad Boudreaux and Phoebe Richards

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    Sept. 7, 2021: Mike Petters welcomes Alion Science and Technology to the company and the latest company news

    HII President and CEO Mike Petters welcomes Alion to the HII family and discusses the latest company news, including the Alion acquisition, COVID-19 vaccination efforts and plans for 2022.

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    Mike Petters and Phoebe Richards

    June 22, 2021: Mike Petters on COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery

    HII President and CEO Mike Petters discusses how HII is adjusting operations as it enters the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the importance of vaccines to help stop the spread of the virus.

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    May 7, 2021: Amy Iveson on Mental Health

    Amy Iveson, HII’s corporate manager of health and wellness strategy, discusses the importance of mental health, how it impacts us at work and the future for mental health care.

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    March 24, 2021: Mike Petters

    In this episode, HII President and CEO Mike Petters shares his insights on where HII has been and where he hopes to see the business in 10, 20 and even 50 years into the future.

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    March 2, 2021: Duane Fotheringham

    In this episode, we talk with Duane Fotheringham, president of Technical Solutions’ Unmanned Systems Business Group. He discusses how HII has expanded its footprint in the unmanned maritime market and how HII is prepared to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and commercial customers.

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    Previous Episodes

    Dec. 9, 2020: Mike Petters. In this last episode of 2020, HII President and CEO Mike Petters reflects on the past year and discusses working with a new administration and HII’s priorities in 2021. Download and read the transcript

    Nov. 30, 2020: Jerri Dickseski. Jerri Dickseski is HII’s executive vice president of communications. In this podcast, hear about HII’s communications strategy and how it’s been impacted particularly by the coronavirus. Download and read the transcript

    Sept. 28, 2020: Update From Mike Petters on COVID-19. Six months into the pandemic, HII President and CEO Mike Petters discusses how COVID-19 has changed how HII operates and how these changes have accelerated leadership development across the enterprise. Download and read the transcript

    July 7, 2020: Bharat Amin, Chief Information Officer. Bharat Amin, HII’s new Chief Information Officer, discusses how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted HII’s IT and cyber security operations, and the team he’s built with division IT leaders. Download and read the transcript

    June 12, 2020: Mike Petters on Trust. Mike Petters discusses how trust is the foundation for progress, and to build trust in our communities, our company and other institutions, we must all get uncomfortable. Download and read the transcript

    May 20, 2020: Mike Petters on COVID-19 Response. HII President and CEO Mike Petters talks with host Phoebe Richards about the company’s response to the threat of COVID-19 and how the crisis has been a catalyst for transformation. Download and read the transcript

    Feb. 27, 2020: Cullen Glass. HII’s director of transformation discusses the company’s three focus areas for transformation: The material value stream, IT digital and advanced technologies. Download and read the transcript

    Jan. 23, 2020: Mike Petters on Constructive Failure. HII’s president and CEO discusses what “constructive failure” means, what we can learn from it and how he sees it shaping our business.
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    Dec. 4, 2019: Mitch Waldman. Mitch Waldman is HII’s executive vice president of government and customer relations. Hear how his team interacts with elected officials, customers and influencers to support the business. Download and read the transcript

    Sept. 12, 2019: Mike Petters on Growth. HII President and CEO discusses the company’s strategy for growth: Building on core shipbuilding capabilities and using Technical Solutions to access new markets. Download and read the transcript

    Aug. 2, 2019: Kellye Walker, Chief Legal Officer. Kellye Walker, HII’s chief legal officer, talks about the role of the Law Department, her team and why everybody at the company is responsible for compliance. Download and read the transcript

    June 5, 2019: Mike Petters on Transforming Our Culture. HII President and CEO Mike Petters talks about how the differences in experiences and backgrounds of our employees are strengths and can transform our culture.. Download and read the transcript

    April 18, 2019: Karen Velkey on Financial Wellness. We explore the financial wellness aspect of HII’s benefits and wellness strategy with Karen Velkey, corporate vice president of benefits and compensation. Download and read the transcript

    Feb. 18, 2019:  Chris Kastner. Chris Kastner is HII’s chief financial officer and vice president, business management. Listen to the podcast to hear Kastner talk about HII’s 2018 earnings, his job, his career path and HII’s business strategy. Download and read the transcript

    Sept. 4, 2018: Questions From Listeners. HII President and CEO Mike Petters answers questions submitted by employees and podcast listeners about HII in the social age, steel tariffs and his legacy as a leader. Download and read the transcript

    Aug. 15, 2018: Investor Relations. Corporate Vice President of Investor Relations Dwayne Blake discusses the ins and outs of IR and how his days are rarely “typical.” Download and read the transcript

    June 12, 2018: Early Childhood Education HII President and CEO Mike Petters discusses early childhood education, and how it’s part of HII’s talent pipeline. Download and read the transcript

    April 18, 2018: HII Benefits Strategy. Bill Ermatinger, HII executive vice president and chief human resources officer, discusses the company’s benefits and wellness strategy: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Wallet. Download and read the transcript

    Feb 20, 2018: Values. HII President and CEO Mike Petters discusses how leaders are living HII’s Company Values:  Integrity, Safety, Honesty, Engagement, Responsibility and Performance. Download and read the transcript

    Dec. 6, 2017: Engagement. HII President and CEO Mike Petters discusses the company’s commitment to engagement and why it’s vital to our success. He says, “I believe the greatest opportunity we have to create value in our business is to become more engaged in what we’re doing.” Download and read the transcript

    Nov. 15, 2017: Ethics. HII CEO Mike Petters says, “The principle reason we exist is because we have stakeholders who trust us, and when we have an ethics violation, we’ve betrayed that trust.” Listen to learn more about why ethics is important to HII, from the deckplate to the corporate office. Download and read the transcript

    Sept. 25, 2017: Workforce Development. In this podcast, we take a deep dive into what workforce development means personally to HII President and CEO Mike Petters and to HII as a company. Download and read the transcript

    Aug. 28, 2017: Innovation and Disruption. What do Innovation and Disruption mean for HII? Find out from President and CEO Mike Petters. Download and read the transcript

    June 26, 2017: Diversity & Inclusion.  In our inaugural podcast, HII President and CEO Mike Petters discusses diversity and inclusion, and why having both is integral to HII’s long-term success. Download and read the transcript