Mr. Bill Ermatinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Mr. Edmond Hughes, Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at Ingalls Shipbuilding, and Mr. Rob Hogan, Vice President for Manufacturing and Material Distribution at Newport News Shipbuilding join co-hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss the annual investment in apprenticeship programs that are part of their workforce development and retention programs. Every company can pick up at least one great idea for their own efforts from these top level experts in this panel discussion video.
Bill Ermatinger is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry.
Named to this position in 2011, he is responsible for human resources strategy, executive and employee compensation, health and welfare, benefits, employee and labor relations, learning and development, talent management and succession planning, talent acquisition, equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion, organizational effectiveness, and change management.
Ermatinger has more than 30 years of experience in aerospace and defense human resource management, beginning at Westinghouse. His most recent role was sector vice president of human resources and administration at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, where he was responsible for all human resources and administration activities. Prior to this position, he was vice president of human resources and administration for Northrop Grumman Newport News, where he directed the day-to-day human resources and administration activities.
Ermatinger holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He serves on the boards of directors of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (chair), the Virginia Chamber of Commerce (past chair) and the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA (past chair) and on the board of visitors for Christopher Newport University. He also serves on the endowment board for An Achievable Dream Inc. His past service includes board chairman and campaign chairman of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula and board member for the Virginia Council on Human Resources and the Virginia Living Museum.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.
Edmond E. Hughes is Vice President, Human Resources & Administration (HR&A) for Ingalls Shipbuilding. He is responsible for leading all aspects of the human resources function related to the attraction, development and retention of the workforce. Areas of responsibility include talent acquisition, environmental, health & safety, labor and employee relations, compensation & benefits, learning & development, diversity, security and business ethics. He was named to this position in March 2006.
Edmond has human resource and leadership experience with General Motors and TRW Automotive. Before joining Ingalls Shipbuilding, he was Director of Human Resources for the North America Braking & Suspension product line of TRW which included responsibilities for all HR services for 13 manufacturing plants located in three countries. He has served in various functional areas of Human Resources with an extensive background in manufacturing environments, labor negotiations in unionized facilities, succession planning and implementation of human capital initiatives both nationally and internationally.
Edmond holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Tougaloo College and an MBA from Indiana University.
An active member of the community, Edmond was recognized by The Sun Herald as one of the South Mississippi’s 2011 Outstanding Community Leaders. He serves on the board of directors of the Alabama/Mississippi National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Gulf Coast Business Council and Jobs for Mississippi Graduates. He also serves on the board of trustees for Tougaloo College. Edmond is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Mississippi.
Rob Hogan is Vice President of Manufacturing and Material Distribution for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2015, he is responsible for manufacturing, material warehousing, delivery and logistics in support of all shipbuilding programs.
Hogan is a Master Shipbuilder, having achieved more than 40 years of continuous service. He began his career with the shipyard in 1976 as a welder and has held positions at all levels of production and construction leadership. In 2004, he was promoted to director of Process Excellence, where he helped identify process improvements, initiated changes and measured results. In 2009, he was appointed director of Manufacturing for Steel Fabrication. Following his appointment to vice president of Manufacturing in 2015, and as part of company efforts to improve efficiencies, Hogan assumed responsibility for the Supply Chain organization for a two-year period. As vice president of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, he developed a value stream approach to strategic sourcing, completed the warehouse consolidation project, and improved the company’s material movement process.
Throughout his career, Hogan has looked for new and innovative opportunities to improve efficiency while also improving the tools and equipment used by shipbuilders, and their overall work environments. As a direct result of his work, he won the NNS President’s Model of Excellence Award in 1998 for his process improvement initiatives in Manufacturing.
Hogan is a graduate of the NNS Apprentice School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Strayer University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, FIRST Chesapeake, and the Virginia Manufacturers Association. In 2017, Hogan was elected to the board of trustees for LEAD Hampton Roads, a leadership program sponsored by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. Hogan is active in the American Welding Society, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. He is also a member of The Apprentice School Alumni Association.