ST Engineering North America announced Monday the appointment of shipbuilding industry veteran Robert “Bob” Merchent as president and CEO of VT Halter Marine.
“Bob’s expertise as a shipbuilder and proven program leader makes him the right choice to lead Halter Marine during this critical period,” said Tom Vecchiolla, president and CEO of ST Engineering North America.
Merchent succeeds Ron Baczkowski and brings shipbuilding and program management experience to his new position.
During his tenure at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Merchent advanced through multiple leadership positions and led programs critical to both the business and the U.S. Navy. His most recent position at the shipyard was vice president of surface combatants, fleet services and U.S. Coast Guard programs.
He previously served as vice president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s LPD Program before becoming VP of its Avondale operation.
Merchent holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as certificates on executive leadership from the Harvard Business School; executive finance from the Wharton School of Business; executive marketing from the University of Maryland.
“We welcome Bob and look forward to his leadership of Halter Marine during this time of growth,” Vecchiolla added.