Northrop Grumman Corporation announced the appointment of Robert L. Gunter
and Matthew J. Mulherin
as sector vice presidents, effective June 1.
The company’s Newport News sector named Gunter, 48, sector vice
president, operations and Mulherin, 45, sector vice president,
As vice president of operations, Gunter will be responsible for
manufacturing, planning, resource management, sourcing, supply chain
management, logistics and supplier quality, and facilities and
waterfront services for the Newport News sector. He will also take on
the role of president for Newport News Industrial Corp.
, a business
unit that markets specialized marine and industrial products and
supplies outage services for the power generation industry.
Prior to this appointment, Gunter served as vice president for
aircraft carrier programs and vice president of engineering. He began
his career with Newport News in 1983 in the machinery design department
and has held increasingly responsible management positions in ship
repair, engineering and construction. Gunter earned a bachelor's degree
in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland and a
master's degree in engineering from Virginia Tech.
“Bob brings great technology and program strengths to his new
position and I am confident that the sector will benefit as he works to
build upon the working relationships between operations and the
programs,” said Mike Petters, president, Northrop Grumman Newport News.
Gunter replaces John E. Shephard, Jr. who is leaving the
corporation to pursue other personal and professional objectives.
“John has been an important contributor to Northrop Grumman Newport
News and we will miss his leadership,” said Petters.
As vice president of programs, Mulherin will be responsible for
executive oversight for shipbuilding programs at Northrop Grumman
Newport News to include the CVN 21 and CVN 77 aircraft carrier
programs, carrier overhaul and the Virginia-class submarine program. He
is also responsible for planning and production control for these
“Matt takes this important leadership role as the sector’s
reliance on production programs and those transitioning from
development to production increases,” said Petters. “Much of our
success in the future is dependent on Matt’s ability to provide strong
program direction and I’m very confident in his ability to deliver on
our customer commitments.”
Mulherin began his career at Newport News in 1981 as a nuclear
test engineer. He has held increasingly responsible positions including
nuclear project manager for Los Angeles-class submarines, director of
facilities, director of nuclear engineering and refueling, and director
of the CVN 21 program. He most recently served as vice president for
the CVN 21 program. Mulherin earned a bachelor's degree in civil
engineering from Virginia Tech.