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Huntington Ingalls President Is First Speaker for Landmark Executive-in-Residence Series

Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the first Landmark Executive-in-Residence speaker of the 2012-13 series sponsored by Old Dominion University's College of Business and Public Administration.

Petters, who leads the design, construction and overhaul of conventionally powered surface combatant vessels, amphibious ships and nuclear-powered submarines, will speak from 12:30-1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in 1005 Constant Hall. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Petters joined Newport News Shipbuilding - now known as Huntington Ingalls Industries - in 1987 in the Los Angeles-class submarine construction division. He has previously served as vice president, aircraft carrier programs; vice president, contracts and pricing; and vice president, human resources. He has been the CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. since March of last year, and has served as president since Nov. 1.

After joining the Naval Reserve in 1988, Petters participated in three NATO exercises as a submarine control officer.

He is the vice chairman for the American Shipbuilding Association and a director for the Naval Submarine League and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Petters earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 and an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary in 1993.

The business college's Landmark Executive-in-Residence speaker series is designed to enrich students' entrepreneurial spirit, their awareness of the success that can be built on their academic experience, and their understanding of the importance of leading with integrity.

The program is dedicated to bringing accomplished business leaders, many of whom are ODU alumni, to campus to share their history and vision, giving students the opportunity to learn firsthand the strategies and experiences that forge great ethical global leaders.

Established in 2001, the Landmark Executive-in-Residence program is funded by an endowment from a group of former Landmark Communications executives in honor of Frank Batten Sr., former chairman of the executive committee of the Landmark board and the first rector of the ODU Board of Visitors.

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