Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ (NYSE: HII) board of directors has appointedÂ Kellye Walker as corporate vice president and general counsel andÂ Charles Monroe Jr. as corporate VP, secretary and associate general counsel.
The appointments take effect Jan. 12, 2015 and Monroe will report to both the board of directors and Walker, who in turnÂ will report to HII President and CEO Mike Petters, the shipbuilder said Wednesday.
Walker will oversee the activitiesÂ of outside counsel and HII’s law department and succeed current General Counsel Bruce Hawthorne, who will serve as corporate vice president and chief legal officer until his retirement next year.
Hawthorne joined HII in March 2011 when it spun off from Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC).
âBruceâs previous experience and expertise with publicly traded companies was absolutely critical as we stood up HII as a new company, and his guidance and expertise have been instrumental in shaping who we are today, â Petters said.
Walker held leadership positionsÂ atÂ American Water Works, Â Diageo North America andÂ BJ’s Wholesale ClubÂ prior to HII and is a member of theÂ American Bar Association.
Monroe, who will provide the board with legal advice and oversee corporate governance, has worked inÂ HII’s law department since 2011.
He previously worked atÂ K&L Gates andÂ Hunton & Williams.