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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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Huntington Ingalls Industries

 

 

Notice of

Annual Meeting

And Proxy Statement

 

                                                            

 

 

2021

 

 


Letter to Our Stockholders

 

March 19, 2021

Dear Fellow Stockholders:

On behalf of the Board of Directors and management team of Huntington Ingalls Industries, I would like to invite you to attend the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Due to the ongoing public health impact of COVID-19 and to support the health and well-being of our stockholders and employees and their families, our annual meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, via live webcast. You will be able to attend and participate in the annual meeting online, vote your shares electronically and submit your questions prior to and during the meeting.

The accompanying Notice of 2021 Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement describe the matters on which you, as a stockholder, may vote at the annual meeting, and include details of the business to be conducted at the meeting.

As a way to conserve natural resources and reduce annual meeting costs, we are electronically distributing proxy materials as permitted under rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of you will receive a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials containing instructions on how to access the proxy materials via the Internet. You can also request mailed paper copies if preferred. You can expedite delivery and reduce our mailing expenses by confirming in advance your preference for electronic delivery of future proxy materials. For more information on how to take advantage of this cost-saving service, please see page 14 of the proxy statement.

If you plan to attend the annual meeting virtually via live webcast, you must follow the instructions contained in the Notice and on pages 11 (for record stockholders), 12 (for beneficial stockholders) and 93 of the proxy statement.

Your vote is very important. Whether or not you plan to attend the annual meeting, I encourage you to vote your shares in advance. Stockholders can submit their votes over the Internet at the web address included in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials. If you received a proxy card, you can submit your votes over the Internet at the web address included in the proxy card, by telephone through the number included in the proxy card, or by signing and dating your proxy card and mailing it in the prepaid and addressed envelope.

Thank you for your support of Huntington Ingalls Industries. I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting.

Sincerely,

 

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Admiral Kirkland H. Donald

U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Chairman

of the Board


Notice of 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

 

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

4101 Washington Avenue

Newport News, Virginia 23607

 

  DATE AND TIME   

Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time

  PLACE    Virtually at www.meetingcenter.io/247295942.

 

There is no physical location for the annual meeting.

  ITEMS OF BUSINESS         Elect 11 directors
      Approve the company’s executive compensation on an advisory basis
      Ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent auditors for 2021
      Approve an amendment to our Restated Certificate of Incorporation to eliminate the remaining supermajority voting requirements
        Transact any other business that properly comes before the annual meeting
  RECORD DATE

 

   Stockholders of record at the close of business on March 5, 2021, are entitled to vote at the annual meeting and at any adjournment or postponement thereof.
  PROXY VOTING    It is important you vote your shares so they are counted at the annual meeting. You can vote your shares over the Internet at the web address included in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and included in the proxy card (if you received a proxy card), by telephone through the number included in the proxy card (if you received a proxy card), or by signing and dating your proxy card (if you received a proxy card) and mailing it in the prepaid and addressed envelope.

 

 

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Charles R. Monroe, Jr.

Corporate Vice President,

Associate General Counsel and Secretary

March 19, 2021

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Stockholder Meeting to Be Held on April 29, 2021: The Notice of 2021 Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement and 2020 Annual Report are available as of today’s date, March 19, 2021, at www.envisionreports.com/HII.

Virtual Meeting Format: Due to COVID-19-related public health restrictions and for the safety and well-being of our stockholders, the 2021 annual meeting will be conducted virtually. You will be able to attend the annual meeting, as well as vote and submit questions during the meeting, by visiting www.meetingcenter.io/247295942 and entering your control number and the password for the meeting, HII2021. Please refer to the additional logistical details in the accompanying proxy statement for additional information on how to participate in the annual meeting.

The meeting will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time. If you encounter difficulties accessing the virtual meeting, please call the technical support number that will be posted at www.meetingcenter.io/247295942.

A list of registered stockholders will be available to record stockholders during the annual meeting at the same website.

 

 


Proxy Statement—Table of Contents

 

 

 

2021 Proxy Statement Summary

     1  
General Information About the Annual Meeting and Voting      10  

Items of Business to be Considered at the Annual Meeting

     10  

Appointment of Proxy Holders

     10  

Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials

     10  

Record Date and Voting

     11  

Quorum, Vote Required and Method of Counting

     13  

Item 1—Proposal to Elect Directors

     13  

Item 2—Proposal to Approve Executive Compensation on an Advisory Basis

     13  

Item 3—Proposal to Ratify Appointment of Our Independent Auditors

     14  

Item  4—Proposal to Amend Our Restated Certificate of Incorporation to Eliminate Remaining Supermajority Voting Requirements

     14  

Important Reminder of Effect of Not Casting Your Vote if You Are a Street Name Stockholder

     14  

Soliciting and Tabulating Votes

     14  

Electronic Access to Proxy Statement and Annual Report

     14  

Householding Information

     15  

Governance of the Company

     16  

Overview of Corporate Governance

     16  

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

     16  

Criteria for Board Membership

     16  

Director Nomination Process

     18  

Majority Vote Director Resignation Policy

     19  

Stockholders Right to Nominate Proxy Access Nominees

     20  

Director Independence

     21  

Board Leadership Structure

     21  

Board Committee Functions and Membership

     22  

Board Structure

     24  

Executive Sessions of Non-Employee Directors

     25  

The Board’s Role in Risk Oversight

     25  

Board and Committee Evaluations

     28  

Director Education

     28  

Policy Against Hedging and Pledging Company Securities

     28  

Code of Ethics and Business Conduct

     28  

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

     29  

Meetings and Attendance

     29  

Indemnification

     29  

Communications and Company Documents

     30  

Communications and Company Documents

     30  

Future Stockholder Proposals and Nominations of
Directors

     30  

Corporate Responsibility

     32  

Company Values

     32  

Company Commitments

     33  

The Board of Directors

     34  

Director Compensation

     41  

Director Compensation Program

     41  

2020 Director Compensation Table

     42  

Executive Compensation

     43  

Introduction

     43  

Named Executive Officer Biographies

     43  

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

     45  

Compensation Committee Report

     64  

Executive Compensation Tables

     65  

Audit Committee Matters

     84  

Audit Committee Report

     84  

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

     85  

Audit Committee Pre-Approval Policies and Procedures

     85  

Stock Ownership Information

     86  

Stock Ownership of Officers and Directors

     86  

Stock Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners

     87  
Item 1—Proposal to Elect 11 Directors      88  
Item 2—Proposal to Approve Executive Compensation on an Advisory Basis      89  
Item 3—Proposal to Ratify the Appointment of Independent Auditors      90  
Item 4—Proposal to Amend Our Restated Certificate of Incorporation to Eliminate Remaining Supermajority Voting Requirements      91  

Other Information for Stockholders

     93  

Attending the Annual Meeting

     93  

Related Party Transactions

     94  
Annex A—Definitions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures      96  
Annex B—Proposed Amendment to Restated Certificate of Incorporation      98  
 

 

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2021 Proxy Statement Summary

 

This summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this proxy statement. This summary does not contain all the information you should consider, and you should read the entire proxy statement carefully before voting.

 

 

  Annual Meeting Information

 

 

 

  Date and Time:  

  

 

April 29, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time

 

  Place:

  

 

Virtually at www.meetingcenter.io/247295942. There is no physical location for the annual meeting.

 

  Record Date:

  

 

March 5, 2021

 

  Voting:

  

 

Holders of our common stock are entitled to one vote per share

 

  Admission:

  

 

To attend the meeting, you will need to follow the instructions included on pages 11 and 93

 

 

  Items to be Voted at the Annual Meeting

 

 

         

Board Vote

Recommendation

 

Page Reference

  (for more information)  

  1.   Elect 11 directors   FOR   88
  2.   Approve the company’s executive compensation on an advisory basis   FOR   89
  3.   Ratify the appointment of our independent auditors   FOR   90
  4.   Approve an amendment to our Restated Certificate of Incorporation to eliminate remaining supermajority voting requirements   FOR   91

 

2021 Notice and Proxy Statement    1

 


2021 Proxy Statement Summary

 

 

 

  Corporate Governance Highlights

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (“HII,” the “company,” “we,” “us” or “our”) is committed to corporate governance best practices, which we believe promote the long-term interests of stockholders, strengthen accountability of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) and management and build public trust in the company. Highlights of our corporate governance practices include:

 

Board

  Structure and  

Governance

      Diverse independent Board with mix of tenures
      All standing Board committees comprised of independent directors
      Regular executive sessions of independent directors, without management present, at Board and committee meetings
      Independent non-executive Chairman of the Board
      Robust annual Board and committee self-evaluation process
      Director term limits
      Mandatory director retirement age
      Limits on outside public company board service by directors to prevent overboarding
      Active stockholder outreach and engagement
     

Stockholder

Rights

      Annual election of all directors
      Director resignation policy if more votes are withheld than cast for any director
      Ability of eligible stockholders to include their own director nominees in our proxy materials (proxy access)
      Ability of stockholders to call a special meeting of stockholders
      Annual advisory vote on named executive officer compensation
      No stockholder rights plan (poison pill)
     

 

 

 

 

 

Stock

Ownership

 

 

 

 

 

      Robust stock ownership guidelines and holding requirements for non-employee directors and executive officers
      Clawback policy for all performance-based compensation
      Prohibition on directors and executive officers hedging or pledging our common stock

 

 

 

  Stockholder Engagement

We believe stockholder outreach and engagement is an essential element of strong corporate governance. Accordingly, we actively engage with our investors so management and the Board can better understand stockholder perspectives on matters that are important to them and assess emerging issues that may shape our governance practices and enhance our corporate disclosures. We strive for a collaborative approach to stockholder engagement and value the variety of stockholder perspectives we receive. Management and, in some cases, members of the Board actively engage with our investors through telephonic meetings, in-person meetings and email to understand their perspectives on our company, including our strategy, performance, corporate governance practices and executive compensation. During 2020, management contacted the corporate governance teams of our largest stockholders, collectively representing approximately 49% of our outstanding shares, and met with those stockholders that accepted our meeting invitations. We are committed to understanding the perspectives of our stockholders and responding as appropriate.

 

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2021 Proxy Statement Summary

 

The following sections of this proxy statement summary describe the matters on which our stockholders will vote at the 2021 annual meeting of stockholders.

 

 

  ELECT 11 DIRECTOR NOMINEES

 

Director Nominees

The Board is asking you to elect, for one-year terms ending in 2022, the 11 nominees for director named below, each of whom is currently serving as a member of the Board.

The following table provides summary information about the nominees for director, including their names, ages and occupations, whether they are independent directors under the corporate governance listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), and the Board committees on which they currently serve. The directors will be elected by a plurality vote, but any director who receives a greater number of votes “withheld” from his or her election than votes “for” such election must tender to the Board his or her offer of resignation.

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

  Board Committees

Name

  Age    

Director  

Since  

  Principal Occupation   Independent   
Director   
  A      C      CS      F      GP   
                 

Philip M. Bilden

  56     2017     Retired Senior Advisor and Co-Founding Member of HarbourVest Partners, LLC   ü     ü      CH     ü     
                 

Augustus L. Collins

  63     2016     Chief Executive Officer of MINACT Incorporated   ü   ü        ü       
                 

Kirkland H. Donald

  67     2017     Chairman of the Board   ü       ü      ü     
                 

Victoria D. Harker

  56     2012     Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Tegna, Inc.   ü     CH       ü     
                 

Anastasia D. Kelly

  71     2011     Executive Director of Client Relations and US Managing Partner Emeritus of DLA Piper   ü     ü          ü   
                 

Tracy B. McKibben

  51     2018     Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MAC Energy Advisors LLC   ü         ü      ü   
                 

Stephanie L. O’Sullivan

  61     2021     Independent Business Consultant   ü       ü      ü  
                 

C. Michael Petters

  61     2011     President and Chief Executive Officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.            
                 

Thomas C. Schievelbein  

  67     2011     Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Brink’s Company   ü   ü          CH    
                 

John K. Welch

  71     2015     Retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Centrus Energy Corp.   ü   ü            CH  
                 

Stephen R. Wilson

  74     2015     Independent Business Consultant and Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc.   ü   CH         ü           

CH = Chairperson

A = Audit Committee

C = Compensation Committee

CS = Cybersecurity Committee

F = Finance Committee

GP = Governance and Policy Committee

 

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2021 Proxy Statement Summary

 

Board Composition

Our Board continues to reflect a diverse and highly engaged group of directors with a wide range of skills, experiences and perspectives, which continue to evolve. Five of our 11 directors have joined the Board in the last five years. The following charts and graphs highlight the current composition of our Board:

 

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2021 Proxy Statement Summary

 

                         Director Experience and Skills

 

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2021 Proxy Statement Summary

 

The Board, through the Governance and Policy Committee, manages Board succession on a continuous basis. The committee’s process includes evaluation of director attributes, including professional experience, skills, diversity, independence, tenure and age, relative to the skills, experience and diversity the Committee believes the Board needs to effectively oversee the company’s business and execution of its business strategy.

 

 

  APPROVE EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION ON AN ADVISORY BASIS

The Board is asking you to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers for 2020.

Our stockholders have voted on our executive compensation, on an advisory basis, since 2012, and we have consistently received exceptionally strong stockholder support. The following table sets forth the voting results for our “say-on-pay” proposal for the last five years:

 

Annual Meeting

  

2020

    

2019

    

2018

    

2017

    

2016

 

Votes Cast “FOR” Say-On-Pay Proposal

  

 

98

  

 

98

  

 

99

  

 

98

  

 

99

Executive Compensation

We have designed our executive compensation program to attract, motivate and retain highly qualified executives, incentivize our executives to achieve business objectives, reward performance and align the interests of our executives with the interests of our stockholders and customers. The fundamental philosophy of our executive compensation program, set by the Compensation Committee of the Board, is pay-for-performance. We have included below our financial performance and stockholder returns in 2020.

2020 Financial Performance

In one of the most challenging business environments HII has ever had to navigate, we continued to achieve significant operating milestones and delivered a solid financial performance in 2020. The following table includes several of our 2020 financial highlights:

 

2020 Financial Highlights   

($ in millions,    

except per share data)    

Contract Awards

    

 

8,815

Revenues

    

 

9,361

Operating Income

    

 

799

Operating Margin

    

 

8.5

%

Segment Operating Income*

    

 

555

Segment Operating Margin*

    

 

5.9

%

Net Earnings

    

 

696

Diluted Earnings Per Share

    

 

17.14

Cash from Operations

    

 

1,093

Free Cash Flow*

    

 

757

 

*

Non-GAAP financial measures. See Annex A for definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations to comparable GAAP financial measures.

Our full year revenues of $9.4 billion in 2020 increased 5.2% over 2019. Operating income was $799 million and operating margin was 8.5%, compared to $736 million and 8.3%, respectively, in 2019. New contract awards in 2020 totaled $8.8 billion, resulting in a backlog of $46.0 billion at the end of the year.

 

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2021 Proxy Statement Summary

 

2020 Stockholder Returns

HII’s total stockholder return in 2020 was a 30% loss. We increased dividends approximately 17%, from $3.61 per share in 2019 to $4.23 per share in 2020, and repurchased 390,904 shares during 2020, returning $256 million to our stockholders in 2020.

The following graph and chart show total stockholder return for HII in 2020 compared to benchmark total stockholder returns and total cash returned to stockholders in 2020, respectively.

 

1-YEAR TOTAL STOCKHOLDER RETURN

  RETURNED $256 MILLION TO                         STOCKHOLDERS IN 2020                        

 

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Elements of Our Executive Compensation Program

Our compensation program for our Chief Executive Officer, our Chief Financial Officer during 2020 and our three other most highly compensated executive officers in 2020 (collectively, our “NEOs”) consisted primarily of the following direct compensation elements in 2020:

 

 

Base salary, to provide a minimum fixed level of compensation.

 

 

Annual incentive awards, generally paid in cash, under our Annual Incentive Plan (“AIP”), to motivate our executives to achieve pre-determined annual financial and operational targets that are aligned with our strategic goals.

 

 

Long-term equity-based incentive awards, paid under our Long-Term Incentive Plan (“LTIP”), to promote achievement of pre-determined three-year performance goals aligned with long-term stockholder interests.

Our executive compensation program is rounded out with certain perquisites and other executive benefits.

A significant portion of the potential compensation of our executives is at risk, and that risk increases with corresponding increases in an executive’s level of responsibility. We have designed our compensation program to balance performance-based compensation over the short- and long-term to incentivize decisions and actions that promote stockholder value and focus our executives on performance that benefits our stockholders and customers, while discouraging inappropriate risk-taking behaviors.

 

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2021 Proxy Statement Summary

 

2020 Total Direct Compensation Mix

The pay-for-performance philosophy of our executive compensation program is demonstrated by the compensation mix of our NEOs. Of the three primary elements of total direct compensation, our executive compensation is heavily weighted toward the variable, performance-based elements and toward the long-term and equity-based elements, as reflected in the following charts, which set forth the percentage of total compensation corresponding to each compensation element received by our CEO and by our other NEOs collectively in 2020.

 

CEO Compensation Mix1

 

 

Other NEOs Compensation Mix2

 

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Our CEO elected to receive a base salary of $1; his fixed (cash) compensation therefore represented 0% of his total direct compensation. Total direct compensation does not include perquisites and other benefits.

 

(2)

Average allocation for the NEOs other than the CEO. Total direct compensation does not include perquisites and other benefits.

Compensation Best Practices

We believe our compensation practices are aligned with and reinforce our pay-for-performance philosophy and our related executive compensation principles.

 

What We Do

 

Consideration of annual stockholder “say-on-pay” advisory vote on executive compensation.

Pay for performance compensation program heavily weighted toward variable, performance-based elements and toward long-term and equity-based elements.

Annual assessment of potential risk posed by our compensation programs.

Executive compensation “clawback” policy.

Targeted external compensation benchmarking.

Independent compensation consultant engaged by Compensation Committee.

Executive stock ownership guidelines based upon multiple of executive’s base salary.

Executive stock holding requirements, which require executives to hold one-half of their equity awards for three additional years after they vest.

What We Don’t Do

 

No employment agreements for executives.

No change-in-control agreements for executives or related executive tax gross-up benefits.

Prohibitions against speculative transactions in our securities, pledging our securities as collateral and hedging transactions involving our securities.

No dividends or dividend equivalents paid on restricted performance stock rights during performance period.

 

 

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2021 Proxy Statement Summary

 

 

  RATIFY THE APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT AUDITORS

 

The Board is asking you to ratify the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent auditors for 2021. The following table contains summary information with respect to fees billed to us in 2020 by Deloitte & Touche for professional services.

 

 ($ in thousands)

 

    

 

2020

 

 

 

 Fees Billed:

  

      Audit Fees

  

 

7,070

 

      Audit-Related Fees

  

 

634

 

      Tax Fees

  

 

96

 

      All Other Fees

  

 

54

 

 Total

  

 

7,854

 

 

 

APPROVE AN AMENDMENT TO OUR RESTATED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION TO ELIMINATE REMAINING SUPERMAJORITY VOTING REQUIREMENTS

 

You are being asked to consider a proposal to amend our Restated Certificate of Incorporation to eliminate remaining supermajority voting requirements. The Board is recommending a vote for this proposal.

 

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General Information About the Annual Meeting and Voting

 

The Board is providing you with these proxy materials in connection with its solicitation of proxies to be voted at our 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and at any postponement or adjournment of the annual meeting. In this proxy statement, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. may also be referred to as “we,” “our,” “us,” “HII” or “the company.”

You will be able to attend the annual meeting, as well as vote and submit questions during the meeting, by following the instructions set forth under the headings “Record Date and Voting,” on page 11, and “Attending the Annual Meeting,” beginning on page 93, of this proxy statement.

The meeting will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time. If you encounter difficulties accessing the virtual meeting, please call the technical support number that will be posted at www.meetingcenter.io/247295942.

ITEMS OF BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING

The Board is asking you to vote on the following items at the annual meeting:

 

 

elect 11 directors;

 

 

approve the company’s executive compensation on an advisory basis;

 

 

ratify the appointment of our independent auditors; and

 

 

approve an amendment to our Restated Certificate of Incorporation to eliminate remaining supermajority voting requirements.

APPOINTMENT OF PROXY HOLDERS

The Board asks you to appoint Chad N. Boudreaux and Charles R. Monroe, Jr. as your proxy holders to vote your shares at the annual meeting. You make this appointment by submitting your proxy using one of the voting methods described below.

If appointed by you, the proxy holders will vote your shares as you direct on the matters described in this proxy statement. If you received a proxy card and you complete and return the proxy card but do not provide voting directions, they will vote your shares as recommended by the Board on all of the matters described in this proxy statement that are presented at the annual meeting.

The Board is not aware of any business that may properly be presented at the annual meeting other than those matters described in this proxy statement. If any other matters are properly presented at the annual meeting, your proxy gives discretionary authority to the proxy holders to vote the shares in their best judgment.

NOTICE OF INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS

Pursuant to rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), we are permitted to furnish our proxy materials to our stockholders over the Internet by delivering a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials. The Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials instructs you on how to access and review the proxy statement and 2020 Annual Report over the Internet. The Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials also instructs you on how you may submit your proxy over the

 

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General Information About the Annual Meeting and Voting

 

Internet. We believe this e-proxy process expedites receipt of proxy materials by stockholders, while also lowering our costs and reducing the environmental impact of our annual meeting. We have used this e-proxy process to furnish proxy materials to certain of our stockholders over the Internet.

If you received a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials in the mail and would like to receive a printed copy of our proxy materials, you should follow the instructions for requesting these materials provided in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials.

RECORD DATE AND VOTING

Stockholders owning our common stock at the close of business on March 5, 2021, the record date, or their legal proxy holders, are entitled to vote at the annual meeting. The Board strongly encourages you to vote. Your vote is important. Voting early helps ensure we receive a quorum of shares necessary to hold the annual meeting. Many stockholders do not vote, meaning the stockholders who do vote influence the outcome of the matters on which they vote in greater proportion than their percentage ownership of HII shares.

We have two types of stockholders: stockholders of record and “street name” stockholders. Stockholders of record are stockholders who own their shares in their own names on the company’s books. Street name stockholders are stockholders who own their shares through a bank, broker or other holder of record.

Voting by Stockholders of Record. If you are a stockholder of record, you have four voting options. You may vote:

 

 

over the Internet at www.envisionreports.com/HII, the web address included in the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials and in the proxy card (if you received a proxy card);

 

 

by telephone through the number included in the proxy card (if you received a proxy card);

 

 

by signing and dating your proxy card (if you received a proxy card) and mailing it in the prepaid and addressed envelope; or

 

 

by virtually attending the annual meeting and voting (there is no physical location for the annual meeting).

If you have Internet access, we encourage you to vote over the Internet. It is convenient, and it saves us significant postage and processing costs. In addition, when you vote by proxy over the Internet or by telephone prior to the meeting date, your proxy vote is recorded immediately and there is no risk that postal delays will cause your proxy vote to arrive late and therefore not be counted.

Internet and telephone voting facilities for stockholders of record are available 24 hours a day. The Internet and telephone voting procedures verify you are a stockholder of record by use of a control number and enable you to confirm your voting instructions have been properly recorded. If you vote by Internet or telephone, you do not need to return your proxy card (if you received a proxy card).

You will also be able to attend, participate and vote your shares electronically at the annual meeting online by visiting: www.meetingcenter.io/247295942. The password for the meeting is HII2021. If you are a stockholder of record (i.e., you hold your shares through our transfer agent, Computershare), you do not need to register to attend the annual meeting virtually on the Internet. Please follow the instructions on the notice or proxy card that you received.

Whether or not you plan to attend the virtual annual meeting, we urge you to have your proxy vote recorded in advance of the meeting. If you attend the annual meeting and vote at the annual meeting,

 

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any prior proxy votes you submitted, whether by Internet, telephone or mail, will be superseded by the vote you cast at the annual meeting. In any event, the method by which you vote your proxy will not limit your right to vote at the annual meeting if you decide to virtually attend.

Revoking Your Proxy for Stockholders of Record. If you are a stockholder of record and you vote by proxy using any method, you may revoke your proxy later and change your vote at any time before the polls close at the annual meeting. You may do this by:

 

 

sending a written statement to that effect to Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., Attn: Corporate Secretary, 4101 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607, provided we receive your written statement before the annual meeting date; or

 

 

voting again over the Internet or by telephone; or

 

 

signing and returning another proxy card with a later date, provided we receive the later proxy card before the annual meeting date; or

 

 

virtually attending the annual meeting and voting.

Only the most recent proxy vote will be counted, and all others will be discarded regardless of the method of voting.

Voting by Street Name Stockholders. If your shares are held in “street name” through a broker, bank or other nominee, please refer to the instructions they provide regarding how to vote your shares or to revoke your voting instructions. The availability of telephone and Internet voting depends upon the voting processes of the broker, bank or other nominee.

If you are a street name stockholder, you must register with Computershare no later than 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on April 26, 2021, to participate in the annual meeting. To do so you must submit proof of your proxy power (legal proxy) reflecting your HII share holdings, along with your name and email address, to Computershare. Requests for registration must be labeled as “Legal Proxy.” You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email after we receive your registration materials. Requests for registration should be directed to us as follows:

By email: Forward the email from your broker, or attach an image of your legal proxy, to legalproxy@computershare.com

By mail:

Computershare

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Legal Proxy

P.O. Box 505008

Louisville, KY 40233-9814

Whether or not you plan to attend the virtual annual meeting, we urge you to have your proxy vote recorded in advance of the meeting. If you attend the annual meeting and vote at the annual meeting, any prior proxy votes you submitted, whether by Internet, telephone or mail, will be superseded by the vote you cast at the annual meeting. In any event, the method by which you vote your proxy will not limit your right to vote at the annual meeting if you decide to virtually attend.

Confidential Voting. We treat your vote as confidential to protect the privacy of our stockholder votes. Proxies and voting instructions provided to banks, brokers and other holders of record are kept confidential. Only the proxy solicitor, the proxy tabulator and the inspector of elections have access to the proxies and voting instructions.

 

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QUORUM, VOTE REQUIRED AND METHOD OF COUNTING

At the close of business on the record date, 40,299,975 shares of our common stock were outstanding and entitled to vote at the annual meeting. Each outstanding share is entitled to one vote.

A quorum must be present to transact business at the annual meeting. A quorum will be present if a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to vote as of the record date are present, in person or by proxy. If you indicate an abstention as your voting preference on all matters, your shares will be counted toward a quorum but will not be voted on any matter. If you are a street name stockholder and do not vote your shares, your bank, broker or other holder of record may vote your shares on the proposal to ratify the appointment of our independent auditors, which is known as a routine matter. Votes by a bank, broker or other holder of record on any routine matter will count for purposes of determining a quorum. In the absence of a quorum, the chairperson of the meeting may adjourn the meeting, and, at any reconvened meeting following such an adjournment at which a quorum is present, any business that might have been transacted at the original meeting may be transacted.

If you are a street name stockholder and do not vote your shares, your bank, broker or other holder of record can vote your shares in its discretion only on Item 3 described in this proxy statement. If you do not give your bank, broker or other holder of record instructions on how to vote your shares on Items 1, 2 and 4 described in this proxy statement, your shares will not be voted on those matters. Such “broker non-votes” will have no impact on the results of the vote on Items 1 and 2 and will have the effect of a vote against Item 4.

If you hold shares through an HII employee benefit plan, you cannot vote your shares directly. Instead, you can provide voting instructions to the plan trustee, who will vote the shares on your behalf. HII employee benefit plans that hold HII shares provide for pass-through voting to plan participants and designate that plan participants are “named fiduciaries” under ERISA for purposes of voting their shares and shares for which plan participants do not provide voting directions. If you are a plan participant and do not vote your shares, your trustee will vote your shares in accordance with the terms of the relevant plan. As such, your trustee may vote your shares in the same proportion as shares held by the plan for which voting instructions have been received from other participants, which are “named fiduciaries,” unless contrary to ERISA.

The required vote and method of calculation for the matters to be presented at the annual meeting are as follows:

Item 1—Proposal to Elect Directors

Directors will be elected by a plurality of the shares present in person or by proxy at the annual meeting or any adjournment thereof and entitled to vote on the election of directors. Plurality voting means the 11 director nominees receiving the most votes will be elected to the Board. If you do not want your shares to be voted with respect to a particular director nominee, you may “withhold” your vote with respect to that nominee. If a director nominee receives a greater number of votes “withheld” for his or her election than votes cast “for” his or her election, such nominee will be required under the majority vote director resignation policy included in our Corporate Governance Guidelines to submit an offer of resignation to the Board for its consideration. If you are a street name stockholder and do not vote your shares, your bank, broker or other holder of record cannot vote your shares on this item, and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of the vote.

Item 2—Proposal to Approve Executive Compensation on an Advisory Basis

The executive compensation of our NEOs will be approved as an advisory recommendation to the Board if the number of shares voted in favor exceeds the number of shares voted against. Abstentions will have no effect on the results of the vote. If you are a street name stockholder and do not vote your

 

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shares, your bank, broker or other holder of record cannot vote your shares on this item, and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of the vote. Although the vote on this item is non-binding, the Compensation Committee will review the results of the vote and consider it in making future decisions concerning executive compensation.

Item 3—Proposal to Ratify Appointment of Our Independent Auditors

Ratification of appointment of our independent auditors will be approved if the number of shares voted in favor exceeds the number of shares voted against. Abstentions will have no effect on the results of the vote. If you are a street name stockholder and do not vote your shares, your bank, broker or other holder of record can vote your shares at its discretion on this item.

Item 4—Proposal to Amend Our Restated Certificate of Incorporation to Eliminate Remaining Supermajority Voting Requirements

The proposal to amend our Restated Certificate of Incorporation to eliminate remaining supermajority voting requirements requires the affirmative vote of 6623% in voting power of the issued and outstanding shares of our common stock. Abstentions will have the effect of a vote against this proposal. If you are a street name stockholder and do not vote your shares, your bank, broker or other holder of record cannot vote your shares on this item, and broker non-votes will have the effect of a vote against this proposal.

IMPORTANT REMINDER OF EFFECT OF NOT CASTING YOUR VOTE IF YOU ARE A STREET NAME STOCKHOLDER

If you are a street name stockholder, it is critical you vote your shares if you want your vote to count on Items 1, 2 and 4. Your bank, broker or other holder of record is not permitted to vote your shares on Items 1, 2 or 4, unless you instruct them how you wish to vote. Such “broker non-votes” will have no impact on the results of the vote on Items 1 and 2 and will have the effect of a vote against Item 4.

SOLICITING AND TABULATING VOTES

The Board has made these materials available to you in connection with its solicitation of proxies for use at our annual meeting. We will bear the costs of soliciting and tabulating your votes. Our employees, personally, by telephone, by email or otherwise, may solicit your votes without additional compensation. In addition, we have retained MacKenzie Partners, Inc. to assist in the solicitation of proxies for the 2021 annual meeting for a fee of $15,000, plus associated costs and expenses.

We will reimburse banks, brokers and other holders of record for reasonable, out-of-pocket expenses for forwarding these proxy materials to you, according to certain regulatory fee schedules. See “Electronic Access to Proxy Statement and Annual Report” below for information on how you can help reduce printing and mailing costs.

ELECTRONIC ACCESS TO PROXY STATEMENT AND ANNUAL REPORT

You can elect in advance to receive future proxy materials by email. If you choose to receive future proxy materials by email, you will receive an email with instructions containing a link to the website where those materials are available, as well as a link to the proxy voting website.

If you are a stockholder of record, you may enroll in the electronic delivery service by going directly to www.envisionreports.com/HII. You may revoke your electronic delivery election at this site at any time and request a paper copy of the proxy statement and annual report.

 

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If you are a street name stockholder, you may also be able to receive copies of the proxy statement and annual report electronically. Please check the information provided in the proxy materials you received from your bank, broker or other holder of record concerning the availability of this service.

HOUSEHOLDING INFORMATION

We have adopted a procedure called “householding.” Under this procedure, stockholders of record who have the same address and last name and do not participate in electronic delivery of proxy materials will receive only one copy of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or the printed proxy materials, unless we have received contrary instructions from one or both such stockholders. This procedure reduces our printing costs and postage fees and is environmentally friendly.

If you and another stockholder of record with whom you share an address are receiving multiple copies of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or the printed proxy materials, you can request to receive a single copy of the printed proxy materials in the future by calling our transfer agent, Computershare, at 1-888-665-9610, or writing to us at Investor Relations, 4101 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607. If you and another stockholder of record with whom you share an address wish to receive a separate Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials or separate printed proxy materials, we will promptly deliver them to you if you request them by contacting Computershare by phone or Investor Relations in writing in the same manner described above.

Stockholders who participate in householding and who receive printed proxy materials will continue to receive separate proxy cards. If you are a street name stockholder, you can request householding by contacting your bank, broker or other holder of record through which you hold your shares.

 

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OVERVIEW OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Corporate governance addresses the relationships among the Board, company management and the company’s stockholders, with the objectives of promoting the company’s long-term success, improving corporate performance, strengthening Board and management accountability and promoting the long-term interests of our stockholders. The Board and senior management are committed to corporate governance best practices. We believe governance best practices are important not only to our stockholders, but also to our customers, employees, suppliers and other stakeholders.

The following sections provide an overview of our corporate governance model and practices. Among other topics, we describe the responsibilities of the Board, how directors are selected and certain important aspects of Board operations.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We believe the foundation of sound corporate governance is a board of directors whose independence, skills, experience and judgment enable the board to effectively oversee management of the company and to provide constructive advice and counsel to management. The Board and its committees perform a number of important functions for the company and its stockholders, including:

 

 

overseeing and providing advice on the company’s strategic plan developed by management;

 

 

assessing the significant enterprise risks to which the company is subject and overseeing management of those enterprise risks;

 

 

selecting our chief executive officer and evaluating the performance of the chief executive officer and other executive officers;

 

 

overseeing development and succession plans for our executive officers;

 

 

monitoring the company’s financial performance and evaluating and approving significant corporate actions;

 

 

overseeing processes that protect the integrity of the company, including the integrity of the company’s financial statements and compliance with legal requirements and the company’s ethics and business conduct standards; and

 

 

evaluating the effectiveness of the Board and its committees.

The Board’s oversight role is also effected through the Board’s five standing committees—the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Cybersecurity Committee, the Governance and Policy Committee and the Finance Committee. Each of these committees operates under a separate written charter to promote clarity in their responsibilities and to ensure the committees function in coordination with each other and with the full Board. Our committees are discussed in greater detail beginning on page 22 of this proxy statement.

CRITERIA FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP

The Board believes all director candidates must possess certain fundamental qualifications and that specialized skills and experiences should be contributed to the Board by individual directors. The Board and the Governance and Policy Committee consider the qualifications of directors and director

 

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candidates individually and in the broader context of the Board’s collective skills and experiences measured against the current and future needs of the Board.

Qualifications for All Directors. The Board believes all its members must possess the following fundamental qualifications:

 

 

high personal and professional integrity and ethical standards;

 

 

significant educational, business, military or professional achievements in leading organizations;

 

 

ability to represent the best interests of all stockholders; and

 

 

demonstrated leadership ability and sound judgment.

Prospective directors must also be willing to submit to a background check necessary for a security clearance.

Selection of Individual Candidates. In addition to the qualifications applicable to all director candidates, the Board and the Governance and Policy Committee consider, among other matters, a candidate’s experience and skills in such areas as:

 

 

senior leadership

 

 

corporate development and strategy

 

 

corporate governance

 

 

global operations

 

 

finance, accounting and capital markets

 

 

government relations

 

 

human resources

 

 

legal and regulatory matters

 

 

manufacturing operations

 

 

mergers and acquisitions

 

 

military and government

 

 

risk management

 

 

technology

 

 

the industries in which the company competes

We also consider whether a candidate can commit sufficient time and attention to Board activities, as well as any potential conflicts with the company’s interests. Our objective is to have the collective skills, experiences and perspectives that create an outstanding, dynamic and effective Board and strengthen the Board’s ability to oversee the company’s business, enhance its performance and represent the long-term interests of stockholders. All of our non-employee directors are expected to serve on Board committees, supporting the Board’s mission by providing expertise to those committees, and the needs of those committees are considered when evaluating director candidates. The Board and the

 

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Governance and Policy Committee also consider diversity factors when selecting director nominees, seeking representation of a range of experiences, backgrounds and perspectives.

Service on Other Boards. In accordance with our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Board considers the number of boards of other public companies and audit committees of those boards on which a director candidate serves. Under our Corporate Governance Guidelines, directors should not serve on more than five boards of publicly traded companies, including our Board, and our directors who also serve as chief executive officers or in equivalent positions of other companies should not serve on more than two other boards of publicly traded companies, in each case without the approval of the chairman of our Governance and Policy Committee. A director who is a full-time employee of our company may not serve on the board of directors of more than two other publicly traded companies, unless approved by the Board. No member of our Audit Committee may serve on the audit committees of more than three publicly traded companies (including our company) without the approval of the Board, which must determine annually that such simultaneous service would not impair the ability of the member to effectively serve on our Audit Committee.

Retirement Policy. Under the retirement policy of our Corporate Governance Guidelines, a director will not be re-nominated at the annual meeting following the earlier of his or her 76th birthday or 15 years of service on the Board. Upon the recommendation of the Governance and Policy Committee, the Board may waive either of these requirements as to any director, if the Board deems a waiver to be in the best interests of the company. In addition to our retirement policy, when a director’s principal occupation or business association changes substantially during his or her tenure as a director, the Board expects the affected director to tender his or her resignation for consideration by the Governance and Policy Committee and the Board, as provided in our Corporate Governance Guidelines.

Conclusion. Satisfaction of the foregoing criteria for Board membership is implemented and assessed through a continuous director succession process by the Governance and Policy Committee and the Board, as well as through the Board’s self-evaluation process. The Board and the Governance and Policy Committee believe that, individually and collectively, the company’s current directors possess the necessary qualifications, skills and experiences to provide effective oversight of the company’s business and contribute constructive advice and counsel to the company’s management.

DIRECTOR NOMINATION PROCESS

The Governance and Policy Committee is responsible under its charter for recommending to the full Board director nominees for election by our stockholders and for identifying and recommending candidates to fill any vacancies that may occur on the Board. The Governance and Policy Committee may use a variety of sources to identify candidates, including recommendations from independent directors or members of management, search firms, communications with other persons who may know of suitable candidates to serve on the Board and stockholder recommendations.

Evaluations of director candidates who would be new to the Board (other than nominees recommended by our stockholders, as described below) include evaluations of the candidate’s background and qualifications by the Governance and Policy Committee, interviews with the Chairman of the Board, members of the Governance and Policy Committee and one or more other members of the Board, and deliberations of the Governance and Policy Committee and the full Board. The Governance and Policy Committee then recommends the candidate(s) to the full Board, with the full Board selecting the candidate(s) to be nominated for election by our stockholders or to be elected by the Board to fill a vacancy.

In connection with its recommendations to the Board of director nominees for election at each annual meeting, the Governance and Policy Committee considers the size of the Board and the criteria set

 

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forth above to recommend nominees who, individually and as a group and collectively with directors who are already serving on the Board, the Governance and Policy Committee believes comprise the skills, experiences and qualifications the Board needs to achieve its mission. Accordingly, the Governance and Policy Committee annually reviews the composition of the Board as a whole and makes recommendations, if necessary, to achieve the optimal mix of experience, expertise, skills, specialized knowledge, diversity and other factors.

Stockholders who wish to recommend director candidates for consideration by the Governance and Policy Committee must submit the name and relevant information about the candidate in writing to the Corporate Secretary. All director candidates recommended by stockholders are required to meet the criteria for directors described above, and candidates who meet such criteria will be evaluated by the Governance and Policy Committee. In accordance with our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Governance and Policy Committee will evaluate director candidates recommended by stockholders in the same manner as candidates identified through other means.

Stockholders who wish to nominate a person for election as a director at an annual meeting must follow the procedures set forth in our bylaws, as described beginning on page 30 of this proxy statement. Additionally, our bylaws include a proxy access right, which enables a stockholder or a group of up to 20 stockholders owning continuously for at least three years an amount of shares that constitutes 3% or more of our outstanding common stock as of the date of nomination to nominate and include in our proxy materials director candidates constituting up to the greater of 25% of the number of directors then in office or two directors, subject to the requirements specified in our bylaws. Stockholders who wish to nominate director candidates for inclusion in our proxy materials under our proxy access bylaw provisions must satisfy the requirements in our bylaws, as described under the heading “Communications and Company Documents—Future Stockholder Proposals and Nominations of Directors” of this proxy statement. The Board expects to evaluate any director candidates nominated through the proxy access process in a manner similar to that applied to other director candidates.

MAJORITY VOTE DIRECTOR RESIGNATION POLICY

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines include a majority vote director resignation policy. Under such policy, any nominee for director who receives a greater number of votes “withheld” from his or her election than votes “for” such election (a “Majority Withhold Vote”) in an uncontested election of directors must tender to the Board his or her offer of resignation within five days following certification of the stockholder vote. The Governance and Policy Committee will promptly consider the resignation offer and make a recommendation to the Board to accept or reject the tendered offer of resignation. The Board will act on the Governance and Policy Committee’s recommendation within 90 days following certification of the stockholder vote. The Board will then promptly disclose its decision to accept or reject the director’s resignation offer, including its rationale, in a report furnished to or filed with the SEC.

The Governance and Policy Committee in making its recommendation, and the Board in making its decision, will consider the best interests of the company and our stockholders and may consider any other factors or other information that it considers appropriate and relevant, including but not limited to:

 

 

the stated reasons, if any, why stockholders withheld their votes;

 

 

possible alternatives for curing the underlying cause of the withheld votes;

 

 

the director’s tenure;

 

 

the director’s qualifications;

 

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the director’s past and expected future contributions to the company; and

 

 

the overall composition of the Board and its committees, including whether, if the offer of resignation is accepted, the company will no longer be in compliance with any applicable law, rule, regulation or governing document.

Any director who tenders his or her offer of resignation under our majority vote director resignation policy will not participate in the Governance and Policy Committee deliberation or recommendation or Board deliberation or action to accept or reject the resignation offer. If a majority of the Governance and Policy Committee received a Majority Withhold Vote at the same election, then the independent directors (other than those who received a Majority Withhold Vote in that election) will instead appoint a committee among themselves to consider the resignation offers and recommend to the Board whether to accept them. If, however, the independent directors who did not receive a Majority Withhold Vote constitute two or fewer directors, all independent directors may participate in the action to accept or reject the resignation offers, except that each director who has tendered his or her offer of resignation will recuse himself or herself from the deliberations and voting with respect to his or her individual offer to resign.

If a director’s resignation offer is not accepted by the Board, that director will continue to serve for the term for which he or she was elected and until his or her successor is duly elected, or his or her earlier resignation or removal. If a director’s resignation offer is accepted by the Board, then the Board, in its sole discretion in accordance with our bylaws, may fill any resulting vacancy or may decrease the size of the Board.

STOCKHOLDERS RIGHT TO NOMINATE PROXY ACCESS NOMINEES

Our bylaws provide our stockholders proxy access rights. Under Section 2.15 of our bylaws, we are required to include in our proxy materials for an annual meeting any stockholder nominee who is nominated by an “Eligible Stockholder.” An “Eligible Stockholder” is any stockholder or group of up to 20 stockholders that has beneficially owned continuously for at least three years an amount of shares that constitutes 3% or more of our outstanding common stock as of the date of nomination. Eligible Stockholders must provide proof of ownership of the requisite amount of stock for the three-year time period and represent that the shares were acquired in the ordinary course of business and not to change or influence control of the company. Eligible Stockholders must also provide certain other written representations, warranties and agreements to the company, including an agreement to assume liability from any legal or regulatory violation arising out of the Eligible Stockholder’s communication with our stockholders and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, as described in more detail in Section 2.15 of the bylaws.

The maximum number of directors who can be nominated by Eligible Stockholders, referred to as “Stockholder Nominees,” at any annual meeting is the greater of 25% of the number of directors then in office or two directors. Section 2.15 of our bylaws includes procedures to prioritize nominations if the number of Stockholder Nominees exceeds the maximum number of Stockholder Nominees we are required to include in our proxy materials for any annual meeting. Stockholder Nominees must provide written notice to the company, which must include specific information, including information similar to the information required from stockholders to propose business and director nominations through the advance notice provisions included in Section 2.08 of our bylaws. As described in Section 2.15 of our bylaws, this notice must include an express consent to be named as a director nominee in our proxy materials and to serve as a director if elected, as well as required disclosures and information about, and representations, undertakings and consents by, the Stockholder Nominee to enable the Board to determine whether the Stockholder Nominee meets the independence and other general requirements for directors set forth in our bylaws and our Corporate Governance Guidelines.

 

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Stockholders who would like to nominate candidates using proxy access should refer to Section 2.15 of our bylaws, which sets forth all the requirements for proxy access nominations. The Board may exclude any Stockholder Nominee from our proxy materials if the Stockholder Nominee or Eligible Stockholder(s) fail to meet the requirements or provide the undertakings set forth in our bylaws or Corporate Governance Guidelines and for other reasons set forth in our bylaws. See “Communications and Company Documents—Future Stockholder Proposals and Nominations of Directors.”

DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

The Board makes determinations regarding the independence of our directors on an annual basis, based upon the Governance and Policy Committee’s evaluation of director independence and related recommendations to the Board. Under our Corporate Governance Guidelines, to be considered independent: (i) a director must be independent as determined under Section 303(A).02(b) of the NYSE Listed Company Manual and (ii) in the Board’s judgment, the director must not have a material relationship with the company (either directly or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with the company).

The Board has considered relevant relationships between the company and each non-employee director to determine compliance with the independence requirements included in our Corporate Governance Guidelines. Based upon its review, the Board has determined that Mr. Bilden, General Collins, Admiral Donald, Ms. Harker, Ms. Kelly, Ms. McKibben, Ms. O’Sullivan, Mr. Schievelbein, Mr. Welch and Mr. Wilson, who comprise the Board’s non-employee directors, are independent. The Board has also determined that each current member of the Audit Committee satisfies the additional SEC independence requirements applicable to audit committee members, and that each current member of the Compensation Committee satisfies the enhanced independence requirements of the NYSE listing standards.

BOARD LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE

The Board believes one of its primary responsibilities is to evaluate and determine from time to time the optimal Board leadership structure to provide effective oversight of the company. Our bylaws establish the position of Chairman, and our Corporate Governance Guidelines state that the Board believes it is in the best interests of the company and its stockholders for the Board to have the flexibility to determine the best director to serve as Chairman. The independent directors address the Chairman role on at least an annual basis, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of a combined chairman and chief executive officer role and separate chairman and chief executive officer roles in the context of our operating and governance environment over time.

Non-Executive Chairman. The Board has considered Board leadership and determined an independent, non-executive chairman is the optimal model for the company at this time. A non-executive chairman provides the Board with independent leadership and allows the chief executive officer to focus on the company’s business operations. The Board elected Admiral Donald as our non-executive Chairman of the Board in April 2020, to succeed Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, who served as our Chairman from the time the company began operating as an independent stand-alone company in 2011 until his retirement from the Board in 2020.

Our non-executive Chairman has the following responsibilities under our Corporate Governance Guidelines:

 

 

chair all Board and stockholder meetings, including executive sessions of the independent directors;

 

 

serve as a liaison between the chief executive officer and the independent directors;

 

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ensure the quality, quantity and timeliness of the flow of information from management to the Board; although management is responsible for the preparation of materials for the Board, the non-executive Chairman may specifically request the inclusion of certain materials;

 

 

prepare the agendas of the Board meetings and assist the chairperson of each standing committee with preparation of agendas for the respective committee meetings, taking into account the requests of other Board and committee members;

 

 

set an appropriate schedule for Board meetings to assure there is sufficient time for discussion of all agenda items;

 

 

along with the chair of the Governance and Policy Committee, interview all Board candidates and make recommendations to the Governance and Policy Committee and the Board;

 

 

have the authority to call meetings of the Board and meetings of the independent directors; and

 

 

if requested by the chief executive officer, be available for consultation and direct communication with stockholders.

Conclusion. All of our directors play an active role overseeing the company at both the Board and committee levels. The Board is currently comprised of one non-independent director who serves as our Chief Executive Officer and ten independent directors. Our independent directors are skilled and experienced leaders in business, industry, the military and government. Our independent directors are effective in collaborating with management and thoroughly evaluating proposals made by management, and an independent Board leader facilitates this relationship. We therefore believe a non-executive Chairman of the Board, along with nine other strong independent directors, is an appropriate and effective model at this time to oversee the company and to provide advice and counsel to the Chief Executive Officer and other executive management of the company.

BOARD COMMITTEE FUNCTIONS AND MEMBERSHIP

The Board has five standing committees: Audit, Compensation, Cybersecurity, Governance and Policy and Finance. Each of the Audit, Compensation and Governance and Policy Committees is constituted and operated in accordance with SEC requirements and the NYSE’s corporate governance listing standards; the Cybersecurity and Finance Committees are not subject to any such requirements or standards. Each Board committee is governed by a written charter, which sets forth the responsibilities of the committee, including the responsibilities described in this section. Each charter can be viewed on our website at www.huntingtoningalls.com and is available in print to any stockholder requesting a copy. All members of each Board committee are independent, as determined under the corporate governance listing standards of the NYSE.

Audit Committee. The Audit Committee’s responsibilities include:

 

 

Overseeing HII’s relationship with its independent auditor, including (i) reviewing and pre-approving each service and related fees considered to be auditing services and non-prohibited non-audit services and (ii) meeting with the independent auditor to review, among other things, all critical accounting policies, all material alternative accounting treatments discussed with management, and all material written communications with management

 

 

Overseeing our internal audit function

 

 

Overseeing financial statement and disclosure matters, including meeting with management, the internal auditors and the independent auditor to review and discuss the content of our periodic reports, including financial information, and management’s assessment of internal control over financial reporting

 

 

Overseeing other matters, including our major financial risk exposures and our compliance program.

 

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Governance of the Company

 

The members of the Audit Committee are Mr. Wilson (chairman), General Collins, Mr. Schievelbein and Mr. Welch. The Board has determined, in accordance with NYSE requirements, that each member of the Audit Committee is financially literate and that Mr. Wilson possesses accounting or related financial management expertise. The Board has also determined that Mr. Wilson qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert,” as defined under applicable SEC rules.

Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee’s responsibilities include:

 

 

Establishing annual and long-term performance goals and objectives for the Chief Executive Officer and all other elected officers, and evaluating those officers against their goals and objectives

 

 

Reviewing, approving and submitting for ratification by the independent members of the Board the Chief Executive Officer’s compensation

 

 

Reviewing and approving the direct and indirect compensation of all other elected officers

 

 

Reviewing and recommending to the Board matters concerning compensation of Board members

 

 

Reviewing the succession of qualified executive management

 

 

Identifying, in consultation with management, the appropriate peer group for competitive comparisons and relative position of pay levels versus peers

 

 

Overseeing our policy regarding the recovery of performance-based short- or long-term cash or equity incentive compensation payments in certain circumstances.

The members of the Compensation Committee are Ms. Harker (chairwoman), Mr. Bilden and Ms. Kelly. The Board has determined that each member of the Compensation Committee qualifies as a non-employee director under SEC Rule 16b-3. None of our executive officers served as a member of the board of directors or compensation committee of any entity that has one or more executive officers serving as a member of our Board or our Compensation Committee. Accordingly, no interlocks with other companies, within the meaning of the SEC’s proxy rules, existed during 2020.

Cybersecurity Committee. The Cybersecurity Committee’s responsibilities include:

 

 

Reviewing the company’s enterprise cybersecurity strategy and framework, including the company’s assessment of cybersecurity threats and risk, data security programs and the company’s management and mitigation of cybersecurity and information technology risks and potential breach incidents

 

 

Reviewing any significant cybersecurity incident that has occurred, reports to or from regulators with respect thereto and steps that have been taken to mitigate against reoccurrence

 

 

Evaluating the effectiveness of the company’s cyber risk management and data security programs measured against the company’s cybersecurity threat landscape

 

 

Assessing the effectiveness of the company’s data breach incident response plan

 

 

Reviewing and assessing the company’s information technology disaster recovery capabilities

 

 

Reviewing the company’s assessment of cybersecurity threats and risk associated with the company’s supply chain and actions the company is taking to address such threats and risks.

The members of the Cybersecurity Committee are Mr. Bilden (chairman), General Collins, Admiral Donald, Ms. O’Sullivan and Mr. Wilson. Ms. O’Sullivan was appointed to the Cybersecurity Committee in January 2021 upon her election to the Board.

 

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Governance of the Company

 

Governance and Policy Committee. The Governance and Policy Committee’s responsibilities include:

 

 

Developing and recommending to the Board criteria for Board membership

 

 

Identifying and reviewing the qualifications of director candidates

 

 

Assessing the contributions and independence of incumbent directors in determining whether to recommend them for reelection to the Board

 

 

Identifying and recommending committee member appointments to the Board

 

 

Reviewing stockholder proposals and recommending any Board response

 

 

Considering and making recommendations to the Board regarding transactions with related persons and corporate governance matters generally

 

 

Overseeing the evaluation of the Board

 

 

Generally monitoring the Board’s oversight of risk management.

The members of the Governance and Policy Committee are Mr. Welch (chairman) and Mses. Kelly and McKibben.

Finance Committee. The Finance Committee’s responsibilities include:

 

 

Overseeing and reviewing our financial affairs, strategies and policies

 

 

Reviewing and making recommendations to the Board regarding:

 

   

our financial policies and strategies, capital structure and financial condition

 

   

our issuances of debt and equity securities and significant borrowing transactions

 

   

strategic transactions

 

   

employee benefit plan assets

 

   

our dividend policy and stock repurchase programs

 

   

significant capital expenditures

 

 

Providing oversight to ensure that our financial policies and strategies are consistent with our capital budget, annual operating plan and strategic plan

 

 

Overseeing discrete operational matters that could have a significant impact on the company.

The members of the Finance Committee are Mr. Schievelbein (chairman), Mr. Bilden, Admiral Donald and Mses. Harker, McKibben and O’Sullivan. Ms. O’Sullivan was appointed to the Finance Committee in January 2021 upon her election to the Board.

BOARD STRUCTURE

We phased out the classification of our Board, beginning with our annual meeting held in 2016 and ending with our annual meeting held in 2018. Accordingly, the 11 directors nominated to stand for election at our 2021 annual meeting will be voted upon to serve one-year terms.

 

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Governance of the Company

 

EXECUTIVE SESSIONS OF NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS

In accordance with our Corporate Governance Guidelines, our directors, with no members of management present (including directors who are also officers of the company), have the opportunity to meet in executive session at each regularly scheduled Board meeting. In addition, our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that at least one executive session of independent directors will be held each year. In 2020, all of our directors, other than our Chief Executive Officer, were independent under NYSE corporate governance listing standards. The independent directors met in executive session at all six regular Board meetings during the year. Our non-executive Chairmen, Admiral Fargo until his retirement and then Admiral Donald, as Admiral Fargo’s successor as Chairman, presided over the executive sessions.

The Audit Committee meets at each of its regular meetings in separate executive sessions with management, our independent auditor, our Vice President of Internal Audit and committee members only. The Compensation Committee, the Cybersecurity Committee, the Governance and Policy Committee and the Finance Committee also meet in executive session on a routine basis, with only members of the committee and other attending Board members present.

THE BOARD’S ROLE IN RISK OVERSIGHT

The Board’s responsibilities include oversight of risk management, which includes overseeing our system of financial and operational internal controls, our compliance with applicable laws and regulations, data and cybersecurity risks and our processes for identifying, assessing and mitigating other significant risks that may affect the company. To discharge these responsibilities, the Board must understand the significant risks to which the company is subject. Risks are an inherent element of business operations, and our business strategy creates risks. The Board understands it is neither possible nor prudent to eliminate all risk. Indeed, purposeful, appropriate and managed risk-taking is essential for the company to be competitive and profitable and successfully execute its business strategy. The Board’s objective in overseeing risk management is to confirm management is identifying and appropriately managing and mitigating our significant risks.

Management has implemented a robust enterprise risk management (“ERM”) program, which includes annual risk assessments, risk analyses, the development of risk plans for enterprise risks, which include risk mitigation activities for enterprise risks, monitoring of enterprise risks, both existing and emerging risks, and periodic reports on enterprise risks and ERM program activities to executive management and the Board. Our ERM process is managed by an Enterprise Risk Committee, comprised of management from across business units and programmatic and functional disciplines within the company. The Enterprise Risk Committee is responsible for overseeing the enterprise risk assessment process, overseeing development of, and monitoring, enterprise risk mitigation plans, assessing risk correlations, monitoring emerging and evolving risks and generating data and reports to facilitate management decision-making and the Board’s risk oversight function. While the Board and its committees oversee risk management, management is responsible for identifying, assessing, managing and mitigating risks.

The Board and its committees are responsible for understanding and evaluating the company’s ERM processes to determine whether they are achieving their objectives. Management briefs the Board on an annual basis on the company’s overall ERM program, which includes a report on the company’s annual enterprise risk assessment process, a review of the company’s latest roster of enterprise risks, assessments of the probabilities of such risks occurring and their potential severity and assessments of management’s capability of mitigating individual enterprise risks. Management also briefs the Board or a Board committee on a periodic basis on individual significant risks, which includes a report on the risk by management’s risk owner and the related risk mitigation plan. The Board is updated on an interim basis on any changes to the company’s enterprise risk roster and any other material developments affecting the company’s ERM program.

 

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Governance of the Company

 

The Governance and Policy Committee is responsible under its charter for developing and recommending to the full Board a methodology for the Board’s oversight of risk management and for monitoring the Board’s oversight of risk management. In connection with this responsibility, the Governance and Policy Committee evaluates the enterprise risk roster generated from the company’s enterprise risk assessment, allocates oversight responsibilities among the full Board and individual standing Board committees and develops a risk briefing schedule, based upon management’s relative prioritization of enterprise risks.

Risks are inherent in the company’s strategic decisions, and oversight of risk management is a continuous process. The Board and its committees facilitate open communication between management and the directors and foster an appropriate culture of integrity and risk awareness. The Board and its committees engage in communications throughout the year with management regarding risk assessment and management, and directors are encouraged to communicate directly with senior management, which they do on a routine basis.

While the full Board has ultimate responsibility for the oversight of risk management, Board committees oversee certain individual enterprise risks relating to matters within the scopes of their respective responsibilities and report to the full Board with respect to this oversight. In December 2019, in response to the increasing risk exposure presented by data and cybersecurity, the Board formed a standing Cybersecurity Committee of the Board. The Board believes that dedication of a standing committee to cybersecurity facilitates: a deeper understanding by members of the Cybersecurity Committee of the company’s data and cybersecurity risk exposure; the opportunity for committee members to have a deeper data and cybersecurity knowledge base; and closer Board oversight of the company’s management and mitigation of data and cybersecurity risks. Prior to formation of the Cybersecurity Committee, an ad hoc cybersecurity committee of the Board played a role in the Board’s oversight of cybersecurity.

 

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Governance of the Company

 

In addition to the Cybersecurity Committee, the other four standing Board committees play significant roles in the risk management oversight function. Board oversight of certain significant risks arising from the business and activities of HII is coordinated generally among Board committees as follows:

 

                       

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

   
                     
                                   
        Audit                               Compensation                 Finance         

  Governance and Policy

  Cybersecurity
Oversees:   Oversees:   Oversees:   Oversees:   Oversees:

  System of internal controls

 

  Compensation principles and practices

 

  Financial policies and strategies

 

  Governance risk, including board composition and governance practices

 

  The company’s enterprise cybersecurity strategy and framework

  Integrity of financial statements

 

  Process for identifying and mitigating compensation risks

 

  Capital structure and financial position

 

  Director succession planning

 

  Significant cybersecurity incidents that occur

  Financial reporting process

 

  Internal and external audit function

 

  Legal risk

 

  Compliance program, including Code of Ethics and Business Conduct

 

  Enterprise risk associated with business system compliance

 

  Executive management compensation

 

  Executive management succession planning

 

  Performance of CEO and other executive officers

 

  Enterprise risk associated with leadership development

 

  Strategic transactions

 

  Dividend policy and stock repurchase programs

 

  Significant capital expenditures

 

  Enterprise risks associated with:

 

  business model disruption

 

  contracting

 

  pricing discipline

 

  business continuity and crisis management

 

  hurricane impact and recovery

 

  a radiological event

 

  government customer relations

 

  Policies and practices regarding significant public policy and corporate responsibility matters

 

  Effectiveness of the company’s cyber risk management and data security programs

 

  Effectiveness of the company’s data breach incident response plan

 

  The company’s information technology disaster recovery capabilities

 

  The company’s assessment of cybersecurity threats and risk associated with the company’s supply chain

 

  Enterprise risks associated with data and cybersecurity and information technology platforms

 

 

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Governance of the Company

 

BOARD AND COMMITTEE EVALUATIONS

In accordance with our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Board (under the oversight of the Governance and Policy Committee) conducts an annual evaluation of the performance of the full Board and delegates to the chairpersons of the individual Board committees the responsibility to conduct evaluations of the performance of the respective committees. The Board and committees utilize a mix of self-evaluation processes from year to year, ranging from written narrative responses to written questions regarding Board and committee matters to individual interviews with directors conducted by the Chairman of the Board and the respective committee chairpersons. Following the collection of information from individual directors, the Board evaluation results are reviewed by the Board and the respective committee evaluation results are reviewed by the related committee.

DIRECTOR EDUCATION

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that all directors are encouraged to periodically attend director continuing education programs, and the Board has adopted an informal policy encouraging each director to attend at least one external director education program every other year. We maintain a roster of continuing director education programs offered by leading director education organizations, facilitate registrations for directors to attend such programs and reimburse directors for expenses incurred to attend such programs.

In addition to encouraging director attendance at external programs, the Board incorporates a “Board Development” topic into the agenda for most Board meetings. The Board Development topics are generally presented by internal counsel, external counsel or other experts from outside the company. We track the education programs, both external and internal, that individual directors attend, and the Governance and Policy Committee reviews those reports on at least an annual basis.

POLICY AGAINST HEDGING AND PLEDGING COMPANY SECURITIES

Our insider trading policy prohibits Board members, officers, director-level employees and certain other designated employees from engaging in any of the following transactions:

 

 

speculative transactions in company securities (including trades in puts, calls or other derivative securities or short sales of company securities),

 

 

holding company securities in a margin account or pledging company securities as collateral for a loan or other transaction, or

 

 

hedging transactions involving company securities (including zero cost collar transactions and forward sale contracts).

CODE OF ETHICS AND BUSINESS CONDUCT

Our Board of Directors has adopted a Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, which applies to our directors, officers and employees. This code identifies core values, standards and behaviors that guide our officers, directors and employees in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities on behalf of HII. The code also includes the commitments the company has made to its employees, customers, stockholders, communities and suppliers. The code addresses, among other matters, conflicts of interest, corporate opportunities, trading in company securities, political contributions and confidential information. Employees are required to report any conduct they believe in good faith is an actual or apparent violation of the code. The Code of Ethics and Business Conduct includes provisions applicable to our senior financial officers, as required by SEC rules.

 

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Governance of the Company

 

Our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct is available on our website at www.huntingtoningalls.com and available in print to any stockholder requesting a copy. We post any amendments to our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct on our website and/or disclose the amendments in a filing with the SEC. If we waive a provision of the Code of Ethics and Business Conduct with respect to our chief executive officer, chief financial officer or principal accounting officer, we will post information about the waiver at the same location on our website.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION

None of our executive officers served as a member of the board of directors or compensation committee of any entity that has one or more executive officers serving as a member of our Board or our Compensation Committee. Accordingly, no interlocks with other companies, within the meaning of the SEC’s proxy rules, existed during 2020.

MEETINGS AND ATTENDANCE

The Board held 17 meetings in 2020, including six regular meetings and 11 special meetings held primarily to facilitate the Board’s oversight of the company’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the regularly scheduled meetings included an executive session of independent directors. In addition, the Board held 29 committee meetings, comprised of six Audit Committee, five Compensation Committee, six Cybersecurity Committee meetings, five Governance and Policy Committee and seven Finance Committee meetings. Each director attended 75% or more of the meetings of the Board and the committees on which he or she served during 2020.

Our Corporate Governance Guidelines include an expectation that all directors will attend our annual meetings of stockholders. All of our directors who were directors or nominees at the time of the 2020 annual meeting of stockholders attended the annual meeting.

INDEMNIFICATION

We indemnify our directors and our elected officers to the fullest extent permitted by law, so they can be free from undue concern about personal liability in connection with their service to HII. Our bylaws require this indemnification, and we have also entered into agreements with each director and elected officer contractually obligating us to provide this indemnification to him or her.

 

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Communications and Company Documents

 

 

We welcome communications from our stockholders and other stakeholders, and we make information important to our stockholders and other stakeholders available on our website. The following sections describe: how stockholders and other stakeholders can communicate with the Board; the information we make available to our stockholders and other stakeholders and where you can find that information; and the procedures that stockholders must follow to propose matters for consideration at our annual meetings or to nominate persons for election as directors at our annual meetings.

COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPANY DOCUMENTS

Stockholders and other stakeholders can communicate with the Board, our non-executive Chairman, our independent directors as a group, individual directors or any of the standing Board committees in care of the Corporate Secretary, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., 4101 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607. At the direction of the Board, all mail received may be opened and screened for security purposes.

Communications from stockholders and other stakeholders are distributed to the Board, the applicable Board committee or an individual director or directors, as appropriate, depending on the facts and circumstances of the communication. The Board has requested that certain items unrelated to the duties and responsibilities of the Board be excluded or redirected, as appropriate, such as: business solicitations or advertisements; junk mail and mass mailings; resumes and other forms of job inquiries; and surveys. In addition, communications that are unduly hostile, threatening or similarly unsuitable will be excluded. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any communication will be made available to any director upon his or her request.

Our website contains our Restated Certificate of Incorporation, Certificates of Amendment of Restated Certificate of Incorporation, Restated Bylaws, Corporate Governance Guidelines, standing Board committee charters and Code of Ethics and Business Conduct. To view these documents, go to www.huntingtoningalls.com, click on “Investors,” the “Company Information” drop-down box and then “Leadership & Governance.” We post any amendments to our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct on our website and/or disclose the amendments in a filing with the SEC. If we waive a provision of the Code of Ethics and Business Conduct with respect to our chief executive officer, chief financial officer or principal accounting officer, we will post information about the waiver at the same location on our website. To view our SEC filings and Forms 3, 4 and 5 filed by our directors and executive officers, go to www.huntingtoningalls.com, click on “Investors,” the “Financial Information” drop-down box and then “SEC Filings.”

We will promptly deliver free of charge to any requesting stockholder a copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 (without exhibits), Corporate Governance Guidelines, standing Board committee charters and Code of Ethics and Business Conduct. Requests should be directed to: Corporate Secretary, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., 4101 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607.

You can also print copies of these documents from our website at www.huntingtoningalls.com. The information on our website is not a part of this proxy statement.

FUTURE STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS AND NOMINATIONS OF DIRECTORS

Stockholders may present proposals for consideration at a future meeting of stockholders only if they comply with the requirements of the proxy rules established by the SEC and the requirements of our bylaws.

 

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Communications and Company Documents

 

Under SEC Rule 14a-8, if a stockholder wants us to include a proposal in our proxy statement and form of proxy for presentation at our 2022 annual meeting of stockholders, the proposal must be received by us by November 19, 2021, at our principal executive offices located at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., 4101 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607. The proposal should be sent to the attention of the Corporate Secretary.

Article II, Section 2.08 of our bylaws contains the procedures that a stockholder must follow to nominate persons for election as directors or to introduce an item of business at an annual meeting of stockholders outside of SEC Rule 14a-8. Assuming that our 2022 annual meeting is held within 30 days before or after the anniversary of the 2021 annual meeting (April 29, 2021), we must receive the notice of your intention to introduce a nomination or to propose an item of business at our 2022 annual meeting not less than 90 days nor more than 120 days in advance of the anniversary of the date on which we first mailed the proxy materials for our 2021 annual meeting (March 19, 2021), or between November 19, 2021 and December 19, 2021.

The notice must be submitted in writing to our principal executive offices located at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., 4101 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607. The notice should be sent to the attention of the Corporate Secretary. Our bylaws specify the information that must be contained in the notice. Our bylaws are posted on our website, www.huntingtoningalls.com, and can be accessed by clicking “Investors,” the “Company Information” drop-down box and then “Leadership & Governance.”

Article II, Section 2.15 of our bylaws contains the procedures eligible stockholders must follow to nominate persons for election as directors and to have those candidates included in our proxy materials (proxy access). Assuming that our 2022 annual meeting of stockholders is held within 30 days before or after the anniversary of the 2021 annual meeting (April 29, 2021), we must receive the notice of your intention to make a proxy access nomination not less than 120 days nor more than 150 days in advance of the anniversary of the date on which we first mailed the proxy materials for our 2021 annual meeting (March 19, 2021), or between October 20, 2021 and November 19, 2021.

 

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Corporate Responsibility

 

 

COMPANY VALUES

HII is guided by the following values, which describe our company as we want it to be. We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior, and we believe that putting our values into practice creates long-term benefits for our employees, customers, stockholders, communities and suppliers.

Integrity

Integrity is at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are each personally accountable for the highest standards of ethics and integrity, and we strive to fulfill our commitments as responsible citizens and employees. We are committed to consistently treating customers and company resources with the respect they deserve.

Safety

We greatly value our employees and will not compromise on maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for them. We expect everyone to actively participate and take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them. Employees can report safety concerns without fear of reprisal and are empowered to stop work if an operation presents significant risk or danger. We continuously evaluate and improve our operations to understand and mitigate safety risk.

Respect

We value people, knowing we must show fairness and equal treatment for all. We will continuously build a collaborative culture of inclusion, where treating each other with empathy, dignity and compassion is the expected behavior. We do this by actively listening to all perspectives and treating everyone in a courteous and professional manner.

Engagement

We are committed to an engaged workforce. Our employees are very engaged in their work and take ownership of their work and their work processes. Engagement is a heightened level of ownership whereby employees endeavor to do whatever they can for the benefit of their internal and external customers, and for the success of the organization as a whole.

Responsibility

We seek and accept personal responsibility for our actions and results. We keep promises and commitments made to others. We are responsible for ensuring quality is a component of everything we do. We take pride in providing outstanding customer service.

Performance

We hold ourselves to a very high standard of performance. We are committed to improving our company performance while upholding our strong values. Superior performance and quality ensure future trust and confidence in our products. We promote continuous improvement, innovation and creativity.

 

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Corporate Responsibility

 

COMPANY COMMITMENTS

As a company, HII is committed to:

 

 

Our Employees: We are committed to a work environment that encourages employees to raise concerns, speak up and report suspected misconduct without fear of retaliation. Our employees demonstrate their integrity, dedication and commitment to quality in their daily work and are committed to improving performance and creating success.

 

 

Our Customers: We are committed to supporting our ever growing customer base. It is a job we take very seriously, and we are intently focused on meeting or exceeding our customer commitments.

 

 

Our Stockholders: We are committed to sustaining long-term value growth in our company through improved performance and intense focus on delivering excellent results.

 

 

Our Communities: We are committed to being a visible and positive corporate citizen in every community in which we do business.

 

 

Our Suppliers: We are committed and engaged with our suppliers. They are an integral part of our team and essential to our ability to achieve our business objectives.

We have a long and distinguished history of corporate responsibility, including corporate sustainability and corporate citizenship. HII’s motto of “Hard Stuff Done Right” is directed at the difficult work we do, but, even more importantly, it conveys our commitment to always do the right thing. Doing the right thing includes being a responsible corporation that prioritizes operating in a manner that is consistent with our values and considering the interests of all of our stakeholders. We are committed to a culture that provides a mutually beneficial relationship with our suppliers, a culture that gives back while still meeting the expectations of our stockholders and a culture dedicated to delivering products of exceptional quality to our customers. We are also committed to the health, welfare and development of our employees and the continuous improvement and transformation of our communities.

We encourage you to review our Corporate Sustainability Report, available on our website at https://huntingtoningalls.com/csr, to learn more about our approach to human capital management, diversity and inclusion, ethics and compliance, product safety and quality, data and cyber security, energy management, hazardous waste management, supply chain management and community engagement. Our website also provides related performance metrics. The information on our website is not a part of this proxy statement.

 

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The Board of Directors

 

We believe the qualifications, skills and experiences of our directors are consistent with our criteria for the selection of directors and that, collectively, our directors have functioned effectively overseeing the business of the company over the last year.

Ms. O’Sullivan was elected by the Board on January 15, 2021, to fill a vacancy created when the Board increased its size to 11 directors. She was recommended as a candidate for director by a non-management director. The remaining ten directors nominated to stand for election at our 2021 annual meeting have served on the Board since our last annual meeting. All 11 director nominees will be voted upon to serve one-year terms expiring at our 2022 annual meeting.

2021 DIRECTOR NOMINEES

 

 

 

PHILIP M. BILDEN

Director since November 2017

 

 

Mr. Bilden, age 56, is a private equity investor and recently retired co-founding member of HarbourVest Partners, LLC.

 

Positions Held: Mr. Bilden retired in June 2016 as Senior Advisor and co-founding member of the private equity firm HarbourVest Partners, a leading global private equity investment management firm with institutional assets under management in excess of $42 billion. He began his career in Boston in 1991 and relocated to Hong Kong in 1996 to establish the firm’s Asian subsidiary. For 15 years, Mr. Bilden was responsible for the firm’s investment strategy and execution, capital-raising and client service activities throughout the Asia Pacific region, managing personnel and partnerships in multiple countries and cultures. Throughout his 25-year tenure at HarbourVest Partners, he served in senior leadership roles in the firm’s global management, including the firm’s six-person executive committee responsible for governance. Mr. Bilden served ten years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Military Intelligence Officer from 1986 to 1996.

 

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: Mr. Bilden currently serves on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel; the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee as Chairman of the Naval War College Foundation and inaugural Chairman of the Center for Cybersecurity Conflict Task Force; a member of the Navy League of the United States, Palm Beach Council; and a member of Business Executives for National Security. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Board of Visitors, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, and the Dean’s Board of Advisors and Asia Pacific Advisory Board, Harvard Business School. Mr. Bilden also has extensive prior board service as chairman or a member of numerous global private equity organizations.

 

Mr. Bilden graduated with a B.S. in Foreign Service (magna cum laude) in 1986 from Georgetown University as a Distinguished Military Graduate, Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1991.

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe Mr. Bilden is qualified to serve as a director based upon his significant experience founding and building a private equity firm, including his experience serving in senior leadership roles in the firm’s global management and strategy. In particular, we believe his international experience and the skills he developed through his responsibility for the firm’s investment strategy, capital-raising and client services activities in the Asia Pacific region will serve the Board well. Moreover, we believe his service and engagement on issues impacting cybersecurity and the U.S. Navy and sea services will benefit the Board.

 

 

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The Board of Directors

 

 

AUGUSTUS L. COLLINS

Director since November 2016

 

General Collins, age 63, has served as Chief Executive Officer of MINACT, Inc. since September 2016.

Positions Held: From January 2012 to August 2016, General Collins was a Major General in the Mississippi National Guard, serving as Adjutant General of both the Mississippi Army National Guard and the Mississippi Air National Guard. From July 2010 to January 2012, General Collins served as Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning of MINACT. From August 2007 to July 2010, he served on Mississippi’s Workers’ Compensation Commission as the commission’s representative of labor. General Collins served more than 35 years in the U.S. Army and Mississippi National Guard, which included command of the 155th Brigade Combat Team of the Mississippi National Guard, deploying to Iraq, where he was responsible for security operations in the southern and western provinces.

Current Public Company Directorships: General Collins serves on the board of directors of Trustmark Corp and its Audit & Finance Committee and its Enterprise Risk Committee.

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: General Collins serves on the board of directors of MINACT, Inc., a privately owned corporation in Mississippi, Trustmark National Bank, and Armed Forces Benefits Association 5Star Life Insurance. He also serves on the Friends of Mississippi Veterans, a nonprofit entity serving veterans in Mississippi. He is Past President of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association. General Collins received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi, an M.B.A. from Jackson State University and a Master’s Degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

 

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe General Collins is qualified to serve as a director based upon his 35 years of senior military experience with the U.S. Army and Mississippi National Guard and his experience as a senior executive and then chief executive officer of a company that contracts with the U.S. government, as well as private sector customers.

 

 

 

 

KIRKLAND H. DONALD

Director since January 2017

 

Admiral Donald, age 67, is Chairman of the Board and has served in that capacity since April 2020.

Positions Held: Prior to serving as Chairman of the Board and from January 2013, Admiral Donald worked as a business consultant and served on the executive advisory board of Moelis Capital Partners LLC/NexPhase Capital, LP. He serves as a technical advisory board member for NuScale Power, LLC, a CFIUS Security Monitor for LANXESS AG and a member of the Submarine Advisory Committee for the Government of Australia. From January 2014 to October 2015, Admiral Donald served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and from June 2013 to January 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, of Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Prior to that, Admiral Donald served 37 years in the U.S. Navy. In his last assignment, he served as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program from November 2004 to November 2012.

Current Public Company Directorships: Admiral Donald has served on the board of directors of Entergy Corporation since June 2013. He is Chairman of its Nuclear Committee and a member of its Finance Committee.

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: Admiral Donald currently serves on the boards of directors of Battelle Memorial Institute, CyberCore Technologies, LLC and the Naval Submarine League. He is also an outside director of Rolls-Royce North America. Admiral Donald is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, holding a B.S. in Ocean Engineering. Admiral Donald also received an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program.

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe Admiral Donald is qualified to serve as a director based upon his 37 years of senior military experience with the U.S. Navy, the last eight years of which he served as director of the naval nuclear propulsion program, his experience serving on the boards of directors of other public and private companies and his experience serving as a senior operating officer and chief executive officer of a private company that provides services primarily to the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

 

 

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The Board of Directors

 

 

VICTORIA D. HARKER

Director since August 2012

 

Ms. Harker, age 56, is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of Tegna, Inc. (“Tegna”).

Positions Held: Ms. Harker began serving in her current position in June 2015, when Tegna separated from Gannett Co., Inc. (“Gannett”). Prior to that and from July 2012, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Gannett. Ms. Harker served as Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2012 and as President of Global Business Services from 2011 to 2012 of The AES Corporation (“AES”), a multinational power company. Before joining AES, she was the acting Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of MCI, Inc. from November 2002 through January 2006, and Chief Financial Officer of MCI Group, a unit of Worldcom, Inc., from 1998 to 2002.

Current Public Company Directorships: Ms. Harker serves on the board of directors of Xylem, Inc. (formerly ITT Corporation), a global water infrastructure company, and as Chair of its Audit & Finance Committee and a member of its Nominating and Governance Committee. She also serves on the board of directors of Stride, Inc. and on its Audit Committee.

Prior Public Company Directorships: Ms. Harker served on the board of directors and as a member of the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of Darden Restaurants, Inc. from 2009 to 2014.

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: Ms. Harker is a member of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors, where she chairs the Finance Committee and serves as a member of the Executive Committee, the Special Committee on Governance and the Committee on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She is a trustee of the University of Virginia Alumni Association’s $250M Jefferson Trust and participates as an emeritus society member of the Board of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Ms. Harker received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from American University.

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe Ms. Harker is qualified to serve as a director based upon the significant experience in business and finance she has accumulated serving as chief financial officer and in other senior management positions with large publicly traded companies, as well as her experience serving on boards and board committees of other publicly traded companies.

 

 

 

ANASTASIA D. KELLY

Director since March 2011

 

Ms. Kelly, age 71, is Executive Director of Client Relations and U.S. Managing Partner Emeritus of DLA Piper.

Positions Held: Ms. Kelly has served as Executive Director of Client Relations and U.S. Managing Partner Emeritus of DLA Piper since April 2020. Prior to that, she served as Managing Partner of DLA Piper Americas from 2018, as Co-Managing Partner from 2013 to 2018 and as a partner since 2010. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Ms. Kelly was an executive officer of American International Group, Inc. from 2006 to 2010, serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 2006 to January 2009 and as Vice Chairman until December 2009, positions for which she was responsible for addressing legal, regulatory, corporate governance and risk management issues. Prior to joining American International Group, Ms. Kelly was an executive and general counsel of several large, publicly traded companies, including MCI WorldCom, Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Fannie Mae.

Current Public Company Directorships: Ms. Kelly serves as a director and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and member of the Risk Committee of Owens-Illinois, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of glass containers.

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: Ms. Kelly serves on the boards of numerous philanthropic organizations and serves as a director of George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates. She is also past Chair of Equal Justice Works and a director of Lawyers for Children America. She was a director of Saxon Capital from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Kelly received a B.A., cum laude, from Trinity University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from The George Washington University Law School. She is a member of the Texas Bar and the District of Columbia Bar and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe Ms. Kelly is qualified to serve as a director based upon her many years of experience as a senior executive and general counsel of several large, publicly traded companies, her experience as a director of another public company, and her varied business and legal experience.

 

 

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The Board of Directors

 

 

TRACY B. MCKIBBEN

Director since December 2018

 

 

Ms. McKibben, age 51, is the founder and has been the Chief Executive Officer since 2010 of MAC Energy Advisors LLC, an investment and consulting company that serves clients in the alternative energy, renewable energy, clean technology, water and energy efficiency markets.

 

Positions Held: Prior to her current position, Ms. McKibben served as Managing Director and Head of Environmental Banking Strategy at Citicorp Global Markets from September 2007 to August 2009. She served on the National Security Council at the White House from July 2003 to August 2007 as Director of European Economic Affairs and European Union Relations and as Acting Senior Director for European Affairs. Before joining the National Security Council, Ms. McKibben served in various senior advisory roles in the U.S. Department of Commerce from March 2001 to July 2003. Prior to her work in the public sector, she practiced law at Akin, Gump, Strauss & Feld LLP.

 

Current Public Company Directorships: Ms. McKibben serves on the board of directors of Ecolab Inc. and serves as a member of its Audit Committee and Finance Committee. She also serves on the board of directors of ECP Environmental Growth Opportunities Corp. and as chair of its ESG Committee and a member of its Compensation Committee.

 

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: Ms. McKibben serves on the Board of Directors of United Services Automobile Association (USAA) and the Board of Trustees of the New York Power Authority. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. McKibben graduated from West Virginia State University and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe Ms. McKibben is qualified to serve as a director based upon her experience as the founder and chief executive officer of an investment and consulting company operating in the energy market and her senior leadership experience at a leading investment banking firm, as well as her experience in senior leadership positions in a presidential administration. We also believe Ms. McKibben’s experience serving on the board of directors and as a member of the audit committee and finance committee of the board of another public company complements her qualifications to serve on our Board.

 

 

 

STEPHANIE L. O’SULLIVAN

Director since January 2021

 

 

Ms. O’Sullivan, age 61, has served as an independent business consultant since January 2017.

 

Positions Held: Prior to serving as an independent business consultant, Ms. O’Sullivan served as Principal Deputy Director of the Office of National Intelligence from February 2011 until January 2017. In that position, she assisted the Director of National Intelligence in the management of day-to-day operations of the intelligence community. From December 2009 until February 2011, Ms. O’Sullivan served as the Associate Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Prior to that appointment, she held several management positions in the agency’s Directorate of Science and Technology, working to develop and deploy innovative technology in support of intelligence collection and analysis.

 

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: Ms. O’Sullivan currently serves on the boards of directors of The Aerospace Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute, HRL Laboratories (formerly Hughes Research Laboratories) and the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation. She has also served on advisory boards at Google, Adobe and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and continues to serve on advisory boards at Noblis, Peraton and Booz Allen Hamilton. Ms. O’Sullivan has been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology and continues to support study activities for the Department of Defense and the CIA. She was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2019. Ms. Sullivan received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Missouri Science and Technology University.

 

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe Ms. O’Sullivan is qualified to serve as a director based upon her extensive experience with our primary customer as a long-served senior civilian in the U.S. government and her highly successful career culminating in assignments in the most senior levels of government. We believe she also adds to the Board broad experience in the fields of command, control and intelligence for the U.S. government, which are areas of importance to our Defense and Federal Solutions business unit in our growing Technical Solutions business segment. In addition, Ms. O’Sullivan is a demonstrated governance professional from her experience in the board environment.

 

 

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The Board of Directors

 

 

C. MICHAEL PETTERS

Director since March 2011

 

 

Mr. Petters, age 61, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. and has served in such capacity since March 2011.

 

Positions Held: Mr. Petters served as President of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding from 2008, when it was formed, until 2011, when it was spun off to form HII. Prior to that, he was President of Northrop Grumman Newport News beginning in 2004. Since joining Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in 1987, his responsibilities have included oversight of the Virginia-class submarine program, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier programs, aircraft carrier overhaul and refueling, submarine fleet maintenance, commercial and naval ship repair, human resources and business and technology development. During his service in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Petters served aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS Bancroft, and he spent five years in the Naval Reserve.

 

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: Mr. Petters serves as Vice Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association and as a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. Mr. Petters is a member of the Board of Advisors to the Center for a New American Security. He received a B.S. in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe Mr. Petters is qualified to serve as a director based upon his experience as our President and Chief Executive Officer, his experience as President of our predecessor companies, his experience in operations and other senior management positions of our predecessor companies and his military experience as a naval officer.

 

 

 

THOMAS C. SCHIEVELBEIN

Director since March 2011

 

 

Mr. Schievelbein, age 67, served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Brink’s Company from June 2012 until his retirement in May 2016.

 

Positions Held: Mr. Schievelbein served as President of Northrop Grumman Newport News and was a member of the Northrop Grumman Corporate Policy Council from November 2001 until November 2004. He served as Chief Operating Officer of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. from 1995 until 2001 and was responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. His experience includes the Virginia-class submarine program, CVN-76, CVN-77 and CVN-21 aircraft carrier programs, aircraft carrier overhaul and refueling, submarine fleet maintenance, commercial and naval ship repair and business development.

 

Current Public Company Directorships: Mr. Schievelbein has served on the board of directors of New York Life Insurance Co. since 2006 and currently serves as a member of the Compensation Committee, the Investment Committee and the Governance and Policy Committee.

 

Prior Public Company Directorships: Mr. Schievelbein previously served on the board of directors of The Brink’s Company from March 2009 until his retirement in May 2016, serving as Chairman of that board from June 2012. Before serving as Chairman, he served as a member of its Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Schievelbein served on the board of directors of McDermott International Inc. from 2004 to 2012.

 

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: Mr. Schievelbein is a past member of the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Panel and was a director of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation from 2004 through 2012. He received a B.S. in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia.

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe Mr. Schievelbein is qualified to serve as a director based upon his experience as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Northrop Grumman Newport News and Chief Operating Officer of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc., his prior experience as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of a public company and his experience serving as a director of other public companies.

 

 

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The Board of Directors

 

 

JOHN K. WELCH

Director since February 2015

 

 

Mr. Welch, age 71, was President and Chief Executive Officer of Centrus Energy Corp. (formerly USEC Inc.) from October 2005 until his retirement in October 2014.

 

Positions Held: Mr. Welch was previously a senior executive with General Dynamics Corporation, retiring from the company in 2003 as Executive Vice President for the Marine Systems Group, which included Bath Iron Works, Electric Boat and National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO). During his career with General Dynamics, which began in 1989, Mr. Welch also served as President of Electric Boat, Vice President of Programs for Electric Boat, with responsibility for new construction, overhaul and repair programs, material acquisition and information technology, and Vice President for Program Development at Electric Boat, with responsibility for strategic planning, program and product marketing and high-technology program acquisition and management. Mr. Welch served over seven years on active duty with the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer and retired from the Naval Reserve.

 

Prior Public Company Directorships: Mr. Welch served on the board of directors of Centrus Energy Corp. and its predecessor, USEC Inc., from 2005 until 2013.

 

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: Mr. Welch is Chairman of the Board of Battelle Memorial Institute and serves on the boards of Novawall Systems Incorporated and Mount St. Joseph High School. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and an M.B.A. from Loyola College.

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe Mr. Welch is qualified to serve as a director based upon his senior executive experience at other public companies in the shipbuilding and energy markets, including his experience as executive vice president of the primary competitor to our core shipbuilding business. Mr. Welch also brings experience as a director of other public and private companies and not-for-profit entities.

 

Additional Information. Mr. Welch is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Centrus Energy Corp. (formerly USEC Inc.). Centrus Energy filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code on March 5, 2014. On September 30, 2014, Centrus Energy emerged from Chapter 11, prior to Mr. Welch’s retirement from the company.

 

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The Board of Directors

 

 

STEPHEN R. WILSON

Director since October 2015

 

 

Mr. Wilson, age 74, is an independent business consultant and retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc.

 

Positions Held: Mr. Wilson has served in general management, finance and planning capacities at major companies for nearly 30 years. Since 2015, he has served as an independent consultant at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a global insurance brokerage and risk management services firm. Prior to that, Mr. Wilson was an independent consultant at Brock Capital Group LLC, an investment bank, from 2010 until 2014. He was a partner at Camelot Equity Partners from 2007 until 2010. Mr. Wilson has also served in various executive roles, including as: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc.; Chief Financial Officer of Pepsi Cola USA; Chief Financial Officer of Frito-Lay International and President of Frito-Lay Brazil; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and, later, President of Cadbury Beverages North America; and Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer and, later, Chief Administrative Officer of Footstar, Inc.

 

Prior Public Company Directorships: Mr. Wilson served on the board of directors of Newport News Shipbuilding, Inc. from 1996 until the company was acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation in 2002. He also served as chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation and Executive Committees. Mr. Wilson served on the board of directors of Majesco Entertainment Company from 2006 through 2015 and as chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Audit Committee.

 

Other Directorships and Memberships and Education: Mr. Wilson previously served: on the board of directors of Blue Man Productions; as Finance Director and on the board of directors of Reckitt & Colman PLC; on the statutory board of Natwest Bancorp North America; on the board of directors of Middlesex Mutual Assurance; on the national advisory board of LEK Consulting; on the national advisory board of Chase Bank; on the national advisory board of Parson Consulting; and on the board of directors of Knobias, Inc. Mr. Wilson currently serves on the board of directors of Blue School and previously served on the boards of the South Bronx Educational Foundation and the Manhattan Theatre Club. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

 

 

Qualifications, Experience, Attributes and Skills: We believe Mr. Wilson is qualified to serve as a director based upon his experience as chief financial officer, and chief executive officer of significant operating units, of several large public companies and his prior service on the board of directors of Newport News Shipbuilding, prior to its acquisition by Northrop Grumman, and more recently on the board of another public company.

 

 

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Director Compensation

 

Compensation elements for the Board of Directors are designed to:

 

 

promote alignment with long-term stockholder interests;

 

 

enable us to attract and retain outstanding directors who meet the criteria described under “Governance of the Company” above;

 

 

recognize the substantial time commitments necessary to oversee the business of our company; and

 

 

support the independence of thought and action expected of directors.

Non-employee director compensation is evaluated annually by the Compensation Committee, which makes recommendations to the full Board for consideration and approval. In 2020, the Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant, Exequity LLP (“Exequity”) conducted an assessment of the competitive market with respect to outside director compensation. Exequity’s assessment considered the following director compensation elements: board-related pay, committee-related pay, equity pay, total director compensation and chairman of the board compensation. Based upon an analysis of the 14 companies that comprise the peer group for our 2020 NEO compensation analysis, as well as supplemental general industry data gathered from Fortune 500 companies, Exequity concluded that HII’s outside director total compensation is competitive within its market. Our CEO is not paid additional compensation for his service on our Board.

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION PROGRAM

Our director compensation program for non-employee directors is comprised of both cash retainers and equity awards in the form of either restricted stock units or shares of our common stock, in each case granted under our 2012 Long-Term Incentive Stock Plan.

Non-employee directors receive an annual cash retainer of $100,000. Our non-executive Chairman of the Board receives an additional annual cash retainer of $250,000. The additional annual cash retainers for serving as chairpersons of our standing Board committees are: $25,000 for Audit; $20,000 for Compensation; $20,000 for Cybersecurity; $20,000 for Governance and Policy; and $20,000 for Finance. The additional annual cash retainers for serving as members (but not as chairpersons) of the Board committees are: $17,500 for Audit; $7,500 for Compensation; $7,500 for Cybersecurity; $7,500 for Governance and Policy; and $7,500 for Finance. Cash retainers are paid on a quarterly basis at the end of each quarter in arrears.

Non-employee directors may elect to receive their annual cash retainers in the form of stock units payable upon termination of the director’s board service. Non-employee directors who elect to receive their annual cash retainers in the form of stock units and own shares of our common stock having a value at least five times the director’s annual cash retainer may elect to receive stock units for the following calendar year that are payable in the fifth calendar year after the year in which the stock units are earned (or, if earlier, upon termination of the director’s board service). The stock units are fully vested on the date of grant.

Non-employee directors also receive an annual equity award of restricted stock units or shares of our common stock, valued at $130,000. On the first trading day of each quarter, each non-employee director is granted a number of restricted stock units or shares determined by dividing $32,500 by the per share closing price of our common stock on the NYSE on the date of grant, rounded down to the nearest whole unit or share.

 

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Director Compensation

 

Restricted stock unit awards are fully vested at date of grant but do not generally become payable until 30 days following the date a non-employee director ceases to serve on the Board. Non-employee directors receive dividend equivalents on their outstanding and unpaid restricted stock units. Dividend equivalents are paid in the form of a credit of additional restricted stock units and are subject to the same vesting, payment and other provisions as the underlying restricted stock units.

If a non-employee director owns shares of our common stock having a value at least five times the director’s annual cash retainer, the director may elect to receive his or her annual equity award in the form of either shares of our common stock or stock units that are payable in the fifth calendar year after the year in which the annual equity award is earned (or, if earlier, upon termination of the director’s board service). The common stock or stock units are fully vested on the date of grant.

2020 DIRECTOR COMPENSATION TABLE

The following table sets forth the compensation for the year ended December 31, 2020, of our non-employee directors who served during any part of 2020.

 

  Name   

Fees

Earned or

Paid in

Cash ($)

   

Stock

Awards

($)(1)

   

All Other

Compensation

($)

   Total ($)  

  Philip M. Bilden

     127,594       129,833    

     257,427  

  Augustus L. Collins

  

 

(2) 

    254,668 (3)   

     254,668  

  Kirkland H. Donald

     279,710       129,833    

     409,543  

  Thomas B. Fargo (4)

     114,422       64,870    

     179,292  

  Victoria D. Harker

  

 

127,500

 

    129,833    

     257,333  

  Anastasia D. Kelly

     116,923       129,833    

     246,756  

  Tracy B. McKibben

     110,557       129,833    

     240,390  

  Thomas C. Schievelbein

  

 

137,500

 

    129,833    

     267,333  

  John K. Welch

     135,576       129,833    

     265,409  

  Stephen R. Wilson

     132,500       129,833    

     262,333  

 

(1)

The values for stock awards represent the grant date fair values of restricted stock units or shares of common stock granted in 2020, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Information about the assumptions used to value these awards can be found in Note 19 of the financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. As of December 31, 2020, our non-employee directors serving as directors as of December 31, 2020, held the following number of restricted stock units: Bilden—0, Collins—3,823, Donald—2,484, Harker—6,264, Kelly—15,883, McKibben—1,386, Schievelbein—17,724, Welch—3,345 and Wilson—3,229; and the following number of shares of common stock: Bilden—17,708, Harker—1,659, Kelly—2,392, Schievelbein—5,102, Welch—1,545 and Wilson—460.

(2)

Gen. Collins elected to receive his 2020 cash retainers in the form of stock units.

(3)

$124,835 of this amount represents stock units issued to Gen. Collins in lieu of his 2020 cash retainers.

(4)

Adm. Fargo retired from the Board in April 2020.

 

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Executive Compensation

 

INTRODUCTION

This section provides information about our executive compensation program with respect to the 2020 compensation of our Principal Executive Officer, our Chief Financial Officer during 2020 and our three other most highly compensated executive officers in 2020 (our “NEOs”). Our Chief Financial Officer for all of 2020 was Christopher D. Kastner. Mr. Kastner was elected Chief Operating Officer effective February 12, 2021. This section includes biographies of our NEOs, the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, which explains how and why the Compensation Committee made its compensation decisions for the NEOs, the Report of our Compensation Committee, and the detailed executive compensation tables required by the SEC, with related narrative disclosure.

NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER BIOGRAPHIES

The following biographies provide information regarding the experience and education of our NEOs.

C. Michael Petters, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Petters has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HII since March 2011, when Huntington Ingalls Industries began operating as a stand-alone public company following a spin-off from Northrop Grumman Corporation. Mr. Petters is also a member of our Board.

Mr. Petters is responsible for leading the design, construction and overhaul of conventionally powered surface combatants, amphibious and auxiliary ships and nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, as well as business opportunities in adjacent markets. From 2008 until he assumed his current position, he served as president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Prior to that, he served as president of the Newport News sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Mr. Petters joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1987 in the Los Angeles-class submarine construction division. He subsequently held a number of positions of increasing responsibility throughout the organization, including production supervisor for submarines, marketing manager for submarines and carriers, vice president for aircraft carrier programs, vice president for contracts and pricing, and vice president for human resources.

A native of Florida, Mr. Petters earned a B.S. in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982, served aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS George Bancroft and spent five years in the Naval Reserve. He earned an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

Mr. Petters serves as Vice Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association and as a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. Mr. Petters is a member of the Board of Advisors to the Center for a New American Security.

Christopher D. Kastner, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (formerly Chief Financial Officer)

Mr. Kastner was elected Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective February 12, 2021. Prior to that (and for all of 2020), he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2016. In that role, Mr. Kastner was responsible for directing the business strategy and processes in support of business growth and profitability goals. He also had responsibility for corporate business management functions, including investor relations, treasury, internal audit, contracts, accounting, financial reporting, planning and analysis, rates and budgets and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Kastner also provided oversight for segment business management, contracts and estimating and pricing.

 

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From August 2012 until he became Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Kastner served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Development, responsible for strategy and development activities, including the development and integration of strategic planning efforts, as well as the analysis and entrance into new adjacent markets. Prior to that and from March 2011, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of our Ingalls Shipbuilding segment. Before that and from 2008, Mr. Kastner served as Vice President, Business Management and Chief Financial Officer of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast, and served as Vice President, Contracts and Risk Management of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, he held several positions at other Northrop Grumman businesses, including Corporate Director of Strategic Transactions.

Mr. Kastner holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.B.A from Pepperdine University. He serves on the board of directors of WHRO, the only public broadcasting station in the United States owned by a collaboration of 19 local public school districts, and on the board of trustees for Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Brian J. Cuccias, Executive Vice President and President, Ingalls Shipbuilding

Mr. Cuccias has served as Executive Vice President and President of Ingalls Shipbuilding since April 2014. He is responsible for all programs and operations at Ingalls, including U.S. Navy destroyers, amphibious assault and surface combatant programs, and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter program.

Prior to his current position and from February 2011, Mr. Cuccias served in several different positions at our Ingalls Shipbuilding segment, including vice president, program management, vice president, amphibious ship programs, and vice president, large deck amphibious ships. From 2008 to February 2011, he was vice president, surface combatants for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. After joining a predecessor of Northrop Grumman in 1979, he held a variety of positions, including assistant to the group vice president of Avondale Industries, sector vice president, material, for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, and DDG(X) and DDG 1000 program manager and vice president.

Mr. Cuccias earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of South Alabama and has attended executive education programs at Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council and serves on the boards of directors of the Mississippi Economic Council (the state’s chamber of commerce), the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation and the Salvation Army of Mobile.

Jennifer R. Boykin, Executive Vice President and President, Newport News Shipbuilding

Ms. Boykin has served as Executive Vice President and President, Newport News Shipbuilding, since July 2017.

From 2012 until she assumed her current position, Ms. Boykin was Vice President, Engineering and Design for Newport News Shipbuilding. Since joining Newport News Shipbuilding in the Nuclear Division in 1987, Ms. Boykin has had a variety of responsibilities, including serving as Vice President of Quality and Process Excellence, Director of Facilities and Waterfront Support, and program manager for the Nuclear Engineering Division. Ms. Boykin also served as a construction superintendent for the aircraft carrier program during construction of USS John C. Stennis and USS Harry S. Truman.

Ms. Boykin holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from The George Washington University.

 

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Executive Compensation

 

Edgar A. Green III, Executive Vice President and President, Technical Solutions

Mr. Green has served as Executive Vice President and President, Technical Solutions since December 2016.

Prior to his current position and from January 2015, Mr. Green served as Corporate Vice President, Corporate Development. From January 2013 to January 2015, he served as Vice President, Component Manufacturing, for Newport News Shipbuilding, and, from March 2011 to January 2013, he served as Corporate Vice President, Investor Relations, of HII. Prior to joining HII in 2011, Mr. Green served as Vice President of Investor Relations at Celanese Corp. Before that he was an investment banker and research analyst at Wells Fargo, where he covered the defense and aerospace industry, and a manufacturing plant engineer and maintenance manager at Eaton Corp.’s Truck Components Division.

Mr. Green served as a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer. He holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Duke University.

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

The following Compensation Discussion and Analysis, or CD&A, provides information relevant to understanding the 2020 compensation of our Named Executive Officers.

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 Shipbuilding segment in Virginia and Ingalls Shipbuilding segment in Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions segment provides a wide range of professional services, including defense and federal solutions and nuclear and environmental services, and unmanned systems. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs approximately 42,000 people, both domestically and internationally. The goal of our executive compensation program is to support a pay-for-performance culture by implementing compensation programs that are market competitive, customer-focused and fair to our stockholders.

Our 2020 NEOs are:

 

    C. Michael Petters   President and Chief Executive Officer
    Christopher D. Kastner   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    Brian J. Cuccias   Executive Vice President and President, Ingalls Shipbuilding
    Edgar A. Green III   Executive Vice President and President, Technical Solutions
    Jennifer R. Boykin   Executive Vice President and President, Newport News Shipbuilding                                                          

Executive Summary

Our executive compensation program and practices are described in detail over the following pages. We have designed our executive compensation program to attract, motivate and retain highly qualified executives, incentivize our executives to achieve business objectives, reward performance and align the interests of our executives with the interests of our stockholders and customers. The fundamental philosophy of our executive compensation program, set by the Compensation Committee of the Board, is pay for performance. We have also designed our compensation program to balance performance-based compensation over the short- and long-term to incentivize decisions and actions that promote stockholder value and focus our executives on performance that benefits our stockholders and customers, while discouraging inappropriate risk-taking behaviors.

 

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The pay-for-performance philosophy of our executive compensation program is demonstrated by the compensation mix of our NEOs. Of the three primary elements of total direct compensation, our executive compensation is heavily weighted toward the variable, performance-based elements, and toward the long-term and equity-based elements, as reflected in the following charts, which set forth the percentage of total compensation corresponding to each compensation element received by our CEO and by our other NEOs collectively in 2020.

 

 

CEO1

 

LOGO

  

 

Other NEOs2

 

LOGO

 

(1)

Our CEO elected to receive a base salary of $1; his fixed (cash) compensation therefore represented 0% of his total direct compensation. Total direct compensation does not include perquisites and other benefits.

 

(2)

Average allocation for the NEOs other than the CEO. Total direct compensation does not include perquisites and other benefits.

100% of Mr. Petters’ total direct compensation in 2020 was directly linked to our performance through his annual and long-term incentive awards. 69% of the total direct compensation of our other NEOs was comprised of performance-based incentive awards.

Our underlying philosophy of pay for performance focuses us consistently on achieving our financial and operational goals. Above all, these goals are customer-focused, rewarding safety, quality, cost and schedule performance, and stockholder-friendly, rewarding consistent achievement of strong financial results and increasing stockholder value.

2020 Business Highlights

While 2020 was one of the most challenging business environments HII has ever had to navigate, we endured the difficulties and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued to achieve significant milestones on our programs and continued making meaningful contributions to United States national security. Our financial achievements in 2020 included:

 

 

$8.8 billion in new contract awards.

 

 

$9.4 billion in revenues, a 5.2% increase over the prior year.

 

 

$799 million in operating income, compared to $736 million the prior year.

 

 

$17.14 diluted earnings per share, compared to $13.26 diluted earnings per share the prior year.

 

 

$84 million of common stock repurchases and quarterly cash dividend increase of 11% to $1.14 per share in the fourth quarter.

Our operational achievements in 2020 included:

 

 

Delivering the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7).

 

 

Delivering the guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119).

 

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Delivering the Legend-class National Security Cutter Stone (NSC 9).

 

 

Re-delivering the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) after completion of restoration and modernization.

 

 

Launching the amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28).

 

 

Starting fabrication of the amphibious transport Dock Harrisburg (LPD 30).

 

 

Christening the Virginia-class submarine Montana (SSN 794).

 

 

Authenticating the keel of the Virginia-class submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798).

 

 

Acquiring Hydroid, Inc., significantly expanding our capabilities in the important and rapidly growing autonomous and unmanned maritime systems market.

 

 

Breaking ground on a new Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence in Hampton, Virginia.

 

 

Acquiring the autonomy business of Spatial Integrated Systems, Inc., further expanding our unmanned systems capabilities with a highly skilled team and proven unmanned surface vessel solutions.

 

 

Receiving a contract award to Nationwide Remediation Partners, a joint venture led by HII Nuclear, to provide nationwide deactivation, decommissioning and removal services at excess DOE facilities.

Commitment to Compensation Best Practices

We highlight below certain executive compensation practices we have implemented to drive performance, as well as certain practices we have avoided, in the belief they would not serve our customers’ or stockholders’ long-term interests.

 

 

WHAT WE DO

 

   

Consideration of Annual
“Say-on-Pay” Advisory Vote

 

The Compensation Committee considers the results of the annual stockholder “Say-on-Pay” advisory vote on executive compensation.

   

Pay for Performance

 

Our executive compensation program is heavily weighted toward variable, performance-based elements, and toward long-term and equity-based elements. Variable compensation is tied to the achievement of performance goals and includes annual incentive awards and restricted performance stock rights, which are described in detail in this CD&A.

   

Compensation Risk
Assessment

 

We assess the risk of our compensation programs on an annual basis both internally and with the engagement of the Compensation Committee’s independent compensation consultant. The Compensation Committee agreed with the consultant’s conclusion that there was no undue risk associated with the design or delivery of the programs in 2020.

   

Executive Compensation
Recoupment (Clawback)
Policy

 

Our executive compensation recoupment, or clawback, policy allows us to seek reimbursement in certain circumstances of all or a portion of any performance-based short- or long-term cash or equity incentive compensation paid or awarded to executive officers.

 

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WHAT WE DO

 

   

Targeted Compensation Benchmarking

 

HII is a unique business with few direct competitors. The Compensation Committee therefore strikes a balance between internal equity and external benchmarking when setting executive pay levels.

   

Independent Compensation Consultant

 

The Compensation Committee engages an independent compensation consultant to assess the market for the determination of our executive compensation elements and targets on an annual and ongoing basis.

   

Executive Stock Ownership
Guidelines and Holding
Requirements

 

Our stock ownership guidelines provide that each NEO must own a multiple of his or her annual base salary in our common stock, and we have instituted holding requirements prohibiting our NEOs from selling HII common stock received as compensation until their stock ownership requirements have been met. The holding requirements also require our NEOs to continue to hold one-half of their long-term incentive awards for three additional years after they vest.

   

Director Stock Ownership
Guidelines and Holding
Requirements

 

Although our directors do not have specific stock ownership guidelines, the restricted stock units our non-employee directors receive do not become payable until a director ceases to serve on the Board. Non-employee directors who own shares of our common stock having a value at least five times the amount of their annual cash retainer may elect, on an annual basis, to receive their annual equity award directly in shares of our common stock or stock units that are payable in the fifth calendar year after the year in which the annual equity award is earned (or, if earlier, upon termination of the director’s board service). In addition, non-employee directors may elect to receive their annual cash retainers in the form of stock units.

 

 

WHAT WE DON’T DO

 

   

No Employment
Agreements for Executives

 

None of our NEOs have employment agreements, so each NEO is employed by the company “at will.” We maintain a severance plan that provides for the payment of severance benefits in limited termination circumstances.

   

No Change-in-Control
Agreements for Executives

 

We have no change-in-control agreements or related executive tax gross-up benefits. The only change-in-control provision in our compensation plans, which applies to all employees who hold equity awards, is the possible acceleration of equity vesting in certain limited circumstances within the parameters of a change-in-control transaction, as defined in the related plans.

   

No Hedging or Pledging by
Officers or Directors

 

Officers, directors and certain other employees are prohibited from engaging in speculative transactions in our securities, pledging our securities as collateral for a loan or other transaction or engaging in any hedging transactions involving our securities.

   

No Dividends or Dividend
Equivalents on Unearned
RPSRs

 

No dividends or dividend equivalents are paid out on restricted performance stock rights during the performance period. Dividend equivalent units are paid only at the time and to the extent that the underlying shares vest and are paid.

 

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Executive Compensation Principles

The Compensation Committee of the Board (which we refer to as the “Committee” in this CD&A) is comprised exclusively of independent directors, as determined under NYSE corporate governance listing standards, including the enhanced independence considerations applicable to members of the Committee. The Committee oversees all of our compensation and benefit programs that affect our NEOs, as well as other officers elected by the Board. The Committee also provides strategic direction for our overall compensation and benefits structure and oversees CEO and executive officer succession plans. In conducting oversight of these programs, the Committee is guided by the following compensation principles it has approved:

 

 

Our compensation programs will be primarily customer-focused, rewarding safety, quality, cost and schedule performance, and stockholder friendly, rewarding consistent achievement of strong financial results and increasing stockholder value.

 

 

Compensation programs will be designed to influence outcomes and will provide a balance between short- and long-term performances.

 

 

Compensation programs will be based on achievement of clear and measurable financial results and accountabilities, with an emphasis on performance-based compensation, and will be formula-based with appropriate levels of discretion for adjustments.

 

 

Compensation and benefits will be competitive within the market. Alignment with peer companies will be considered when developing programs and goals, but measures oriented to promoting strong improvements in our own business results will be the predominant factor.

 

 

Compensation will be disclosed and explained in a transparent and understandable manner. Clear and concise goals will be established to enable the assessment of performance by the Committee and by stockholders through the CD&A.

 

 

Achievement of business goals through both annual operating performance and increased stockholder value will produce significant individual rewards; failure to achieve business goals will negatively affect the pay of our executives.

 

 

To promote alignment of management and stockholder interests, elected officers will meet stock ownership guidelines in the following multiples of base salary: CEO and President, seven times; all other elected officers reporting to the CEO, three times. The Committee will monitor attainment of the ownership guidelines on an annual basis. The restricted stock units our non-employee directors receive do not become payable until a director ceases to serve on the Board. Non-employee directors who own shares of our common stock having a value at least five times the amount of their annual cash retainer may elect, on an annual basis, to receive their annual equity award directly in shares of our common stock or stock units that are payable in the fifth calendar year after the year in which the annual equity award is earned (or, if earlier, upon termination of the director’s board service). In addition, non-employee directors may elect to receive their annual cash retainers in the form of stock units.

 

 

The mix of long-term awards, selection of performance criteria and oversight of compensation programs, together with other features, such as our stock ownership guidelines and holding requirements, will be designed to discourage excessive risk taking by emphasizing a long-term focus on compensation and financial performance.

 

 

Our NEO compensation strategy will be consistently applied for all incentive plan participants to promote proper alignment, accountability and line-of-sight regarding commitments and priorities.

 

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Pay for Performance

The fundamental philosophy of our executive compensation program is pay for performance. Our pay-for-performance philosophy and compensation principles are designed to attract, motivate and retain highly-qualified executives, incentivize our executives to achieve business objectives, reward performance and align the interests of our executives with the interests of our stockholders and customers. As such, we provide significant reward opportunities to our NEOs linked to achievement of our financial and operational goals. Above all, these goals are customer-focused, rewarding achievement of safety, quality, cost and schedule goals, and stockholder-friendly, rewarding consistent achievement of strong financial results and building or increasing stockholder value. Performance-based compensation is balanced over the short- and long-term to incentivize decisions and actions that promote stockholder value and focus our executives on performance that benefits our stockholders and customers, while discouraging inappropriate risk taking behaviors.

This focus on performance is demonstrated in the compensation mix of our NEOs. Our executive compensation is heavily weighted toward the variable, performance-based elements, and toward the long-term and equity-based elements, as reflected in the following charts, which set forth the percentage of total target compensation corresponding to each compensation element for our CEO and for our other NEOs collectively for 2020.

 

CEO Target Compensation Mix 1    Other NEOs Target Compensation Mix2

 

LOGO

  

LOGO

 

(1)

Our CEO elected to receive a base salary of $1; his fixed cash compensation therefore represented 0% of his total target direct compensation. Total target compensation does not include perquisites and other benefits.

 

(2)

Average allocation for the NEOs other than the CEO. Total target compensation does not include perquisites and other benefits.

The design of our incentive compensation plans also supports our pay-for-performance philosophy. A significant portion of the potential compensation of our executives is at risk, and that risk corresponds with each executive’s level of responsibility. Exceeding our financial and operational targets can result in a payout of up to 200% of the original award target, while failure to meet our targets can result in no payouts of incentive compensation to NEOs under our plans.

2020 “Say-on-Pay” Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation

Consistent with our goal of supporting a pay-for-performance philosophy by implementing compensation programs that reward performance, are market competitive and align the interests of our executives with the interests of our stockholders and customers, we seek the views of our stockholders annually on the design, effectiveness and results of our executive compensation program.

 

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At our 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, our stockholders approved our executive compensation on an advisory basis with 98% of the votes cast. This strong support, among other factors, resulted in the Committee not making significant changes to our executive compensation program.

Retention of Independent Compensation Consultant

The Committee continued in 2020 to engage an independent compensation consultant, Exequity LLP (“Exequity”), to assist the Committee in carrying out its responsibilities under its charter. Under the terms of the agreement between the Committee and the consultant, the Committee has the exclusive right to select, retain and terminate Exequity, as well as to approve any fees, terms or other conditions of Exequity’s service. Exequity reports directly to the Committee. When directed to do so by the Committee, the consultant also works collaboratively with company management to develop analyses and proposals for presentations to the Committee. The Committee reviews the performance of the independent consultant on an annual basis and determines whether to continue the engagement.

Exequity attended several Committee meetings during 2020 and presented analyses and key recommendations for Committee consideration, discussed emerging trends and technical issues and reviewed and commented on management proposals, as appropriate. In addition, the consultant responded to miscellaneous Committee requests.

Compensation Consultant Independence Assessment

In accordance with SEC rules and NYSE listing standards, the Committee requested and received information from Exequity relating to the consultant’s independence and potential conflicts of interest, including information regarding the following: (1) other services provided to us by the consultant; (2) fees paid by us as a percentage of the consulting firm’s total revenue; (3) policies or procedures maintained by the consulting firm designed to prevent a conflict of interest; (4) any business or personal relationships between the individual consultants involved in the engagement and a member of the Committee; (5) any company stock owned by the individual consultants involved in the engagement; and (6) any business or personal relationships between our executive officers and the consulting firm or the individual consultants involved in the engagement.

Based upon an assessment of these factors, including information gathered from our directors and executive officers relating to business or personal relationships with the consulting firm or the individual consultants, the Committee concluded that the consultant is independent and that the work of the consultant did not raise any conflict of interest.

Peer Group Development

The Committee believes our total compensation program (base salary, target annual cash incentive awards, target long-term incentive awards and benefits) should provide aggregate compensation at approximately the 50th percentile of the relevant market. Based upon an analysis conducted by Exequity and reviewed with the Committee, the Committee determined that our NEO base pay generally approximates the median and long-term incentive compensation is generally in the third or fourth quartile among the peer companies. This compensation mix is consistent with both management’s and the Committee’s philosophy that a significant portion of an executive’s overall compensation package should be based on the performance of the company and therefore at risk.

HII is a unique business with few directly comparable peer companies. As such, our current peer group is comprised of heavy manufacturing, engineering and defense companies that have annual revenues generally between $5 billion and $20 billion and that most closely match our company in terms of market cap, strategic interest, workforce similarities and/or business type. The median annual revenues for peer

 

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group companies was $5.5 billion, compared to our 2020 revenues of $9.4 billion. The targeted peer group for our 2020 NEO compensation analysis consisted of the following 14 companies:

 

  BWX Technologies, Inc.   Oshkosh Corporation  
  Curtiss-Wright Corporation   Parker Hannifin Corporation  
  Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.   Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.  
  KBR Inc.   Teledyne Technologies Incorporated  
  L-3 Harris Technologies, Inc.   Textron Inc.  
  Moog Inc.   TransDigm Group  
  NRG Energy, Inc.   Triumph Group, Inc.  

As a result of ongoing monitoring and analysis of the business landscape, the Committee has decided to modify this peer group for 2021 by removing Triumph Group, Inc. and adding Howmet Aerospace Inc. All other peer companies will remain the same.

Compensation Risk Assessment

The Board actively oversees our overall risk profile, including the potential risk posed by our compensation programs. During the third quarter of 2020, a risk assessment and analysis of our executive compensation programs was conducted by Exequity. Their findings confirmed that our executive compensation programs are designed to drive a pay-for-performance philosophy and do not create risks that are likely to have a material adverse impact on the company. The Committee reviewed and discussed the risk analysis with Exequity and agreed with the consultant’s conclusions.

The following factors are key components of our executive compensation risk mitigation efforts:

 

 

Our stock ownership guidelines and additional stock holding requirement of three years from the date of payout, including any payout that occurs within one year of retirement, provide a strong risk mitigation tool;

 

 

Our clawback policy applies to all employees at the level of vice president and above, allowing us to recoup incentive payments in the event of restated financial results;

 

 

Our lack of employment agreements discourages management entrenchment and increases our flexibility to make management changes when appropriate;

 

 

Our long-term incentive compensation plan includes a relative performance component, alleviating risk and inherent forecasting uncertainty of relying solely on budget-based goals;

 

 

Long-term incentive compensation payouts are capped at 200%, preventing possible windfall awards resulting from unforeseen circumstances; and

 

 

Long-term incentive compensation awards are earned over a three-year performance period and reduce any incentive to engage in business tactics that improve short-term performance at the expense of long-term success.

2020 Compensation Elements

The direct compensation elements for executives under our compensation program consist primarily of base salaries, annual incentive awards and long-term incentive awards. Annual base salary provides a fixed minimum level of compensation that is competitive within the relevant market and helps us attract and retain highly qualified executives. Annual incentive awards are generally paid in cash and intended to motivate executives to achieve pre-determined financial and operational goals that are aligned with our strategic goals. Long-term incentive awards are generally equity-based and intended to promote achievement of pre-determined three-year performance goals aligned with long-term stockholder interests.

 

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2020 Key Compensation Decisions

Key compensation decisions for our NEOs for 2020 included the following:

 

 

Base salaries for Messrs. Kastner, Cuccias and Green and Ms. Boykin were increased as a result of individual performances.

 

 

Targets as a percentage of base salary for annual incentive awards for 2020 under our AIP were unchanged from 2019. Based on our performance for 2020, as well as the individual performances of our NEOs, payout awards were approved at levels that ranged from 61% to 162% of targets.

 

 

Targets for long-term incentive awards for 2020 were unchanged from 2019. All long-term incentive awards were in the form of restricted performance stock rights, which vest only upon achievement of performance metrics.

Base Salaries

The base salaries of Messrs. Kastner, Cuccias and Green and Ms. Boykin were increased in 2020 based on individual performances.

Base salaries for our NEOs for 2020 were as follows:

 

Name

   Title   

 

2020 Annual  

Salary

($)

 

C. Michael Petters*

  

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

  

 

1  

 

Christopher D. Kastner

  

 

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  

 

592,250  

 

Brian J. Cuccias

  

 

Executive Vice President and President, Ingalls Shipbuilding

  

 

566,500  

 

Edgar A. Green III

  

 

Executive Vice President and President, Technical Solutions

  

 

515,000  

 

Jennifer R. Boykin

  

 

Executive Vice President and President, Newport News Shipbuilding

  

 

540,750  

 

*

At his request, Mr. Petters receives an annual base salary of $1. His primary compensation comes from performance-based equity compensation, and, as a significant stockholder, his personal wealth is tied directly to sustained performance and HII stock price appreciation, which directly aligns with stockholder interests. Mr. Petters will continue to receive equity and non-equity performance-based compensation reflected as a percentage of his base salary. The base salary used for incentive compensation purposes for Mr. Petters was $1,100,000. The Committee will continue to review compensation opportunities for Mr. Petters on an ongoing basis and recommend changes, if needed, to maintain alignment with business objectives.

Creation of Annual Incentive Plan (AIP) and Long-Term Incentive Stock Plan (LTIP) Goals

The Committee approved financial metric goals under our AIP for the corporate office, as well as a combination of financial and operational metric goals for each of our three operating divisions. The guiding principle behind all of our performance metrics is that they drive the desired outcomes to promote customer satisfaction and increase stockholder value.

Division operational goals based on clear and measurable results were developed collaboratively between division management and corporate management. Shipbuilding division operational goals fall into the categories of safety, quality, cost, schedule, division-specific challenges and opportunities and cross-shipbuilding collaboration. Technical Solutions division operational goals fall into the categories of people, process, execution and compliance.

 

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The Committee approved goals for the LTIP to reward performance in three-year increments. The performance metrics for all participants under the LTIP for 2020 were pension adjusted return on invested capital (“ROIC”), earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and pension (“EBITDAP”) and relative EBITDAP growth over the performance period from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022.

ROIC is a measure of our ability to use cash flows to generate returns. ROIC is calculated as Adjusted Free Cash Flow divided by average Invested Capital. Adjusted Free Cash Flow represents cash flow available to HII’s equity and debt stakeholders, calculated as Free Cash Flow (cash from operations less capital expenditures net of related grant proceeds) plus after-tax interest. Average Invested Capital is equal to total debt, plus equity, less goodwill and the impact of any Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income/Loss.

EBITDAP is a key indicator of our financial performance. EBITDAP is calculated as Net Earnings, plus interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, less Net Pension/Post Retirement Benefit Expense.

Relative EBITDAP growth is defined as our EBITDAP ending balance less our EBITDAP beginning balance, divided by the EBITDAP beginning balance, measured against EBITDAP growth of the S&P Aerospace and Defense Select Index (SPSIAD), which consists of more than 30 companies.

Annual Incentive Compensation Awards

The Committee approves annual incentive compensation targets for each NEO position. Targets vary with relevant benchmark market levels, individual job level, job scope and overall influence on our business results. The Committee considers both the recommendations of its compensation consultant and those of management in determining appropriate annual incentive target levels for our NEOs. The target incentive award (“Target Bonus”) is based on a percentage of each NEO’s base salary and provides a basis upon which a final award amount is determined by the Committee based upon its assessment of performance against pre-determined performance criteria after the year has ended. The annual incentive compensation targets for our NEOs expressed as a percentage of base salary tend to fall into the third quartile of the relevant market data.

2020 Annual Incentive Plan

Annual incentive awards for Mr. Petters and Mr. Kastner for 2020 were evaluated based upon Operating Margin (“OM”) and Operating Cash Flow (“OCF”) for the entire enterprise and revenue for the Technical Solutions division to arrive at a company performance factor (“CPF”), as well as an individual performance factor (“IPF”). OM is equal to segment operating income as a percentage of total revenues. Segment operating income is equal to operating income before the Operating FAS/CAS Adjustment and non-current state income taxes. OCF represents cash from operating activities before discretionary pension contributions, capital expenditures and excess cash flow.

Achievement of the maximum performance criteria results in a CPF of 2.0. If the CPF is less than 0.5, no annual incentive award is paid. The IPF can range from 0 to 1.5. No annual incentive award can exceed 200% of an individual’s Target Bonus. The annual incentive award formula for the corporate office for the 2020 performance period was:

Base Salary x Target % = Target Bonus

Target Bonus x CPF x IPF = Final Bonus Award

The 2020 annual incentive awards for Mr. Cuccias and Ms. Boykin were evaluated based on their respective division performance factors (“DPF”), which include division financial metric goals, consisting of OM and OCF, and division non-financial goals, which include safety, quality, cost, schedule, division management and cross-shipbuilding collaboration, as well as an individual IPF.

 

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The 2020 annual incentive award for Mr. Green was evaluated based on his DPF, which includes division financial metric goals, consisting of revenue, OM and OCF, and division non-financial goals, which include people, process, execution and compliance.

Achievement of the respective maximum performance criteria for the divisions’ results in a DPF of 2.0, and no annual incentive award is paid to division participants in the AIP if the CPF with reference to the corporate metrics is less than 0.5. The IPF can range from 0 to 1.5. No annual incentive award can exceed 200% of an individual’s Target Bonus. The annual incentive award formula for the operating divisions for the 2020 performance period was:

Base Salary x Target % = Target Bonus

Target Bonus x DPF x IPF = Final Bonus Award

At the conclusion of each calendar year, our CEO conducts an annual performance evaluation for each NEO in order to recommend an IPF for each NEO. These evaluations are reviewed with the Committee. Each NEO’s individual performance is evaluated based upon consideration of the following factors:

 

 

Financial performance of our company as a whole and the division(s) (where applicable);

 

 

Performance on non-financial goals, including company-level goals and division-specific operating goals;

 

 

Strategic leadership and vision;

 

 

Program execution and performance;

 

 

Customer relationships; and

 

 

Peer and employee relationships/engagement.

The Committee reviews and considers the recommendations from the CEO and all performance information, including a comparison to the 2020 peer group data. The Committee then approves annual incentive compensation awards for all NEOs, subject to ratification by the independent members of the Board with respect to the CEO’s compensation.

Target Bonus Amounts

Based on analyses of relevant market benchmarks and peer group data, we did not make any adjustments to annual incentive compensation targets as a percentage of base salary. The 2020 Target Bonus amounts were as follows:

 

Name

  

Incentive Target as %

of Base Salary (%)

  

2020 Target Bonus    

($)    

 

C. Michael Petters (1)

 

  

 

125

 

  

 

1,375,000

 

 

Christopher D. Kastner

 

  

 

  75

 

  

 

   444,188

 

 

Brian J. Cuccias

 

  

 

  75

 

  

 

   424,875

 

 

Edgar A. Green III

 

  

 

  75

 

  

 

   386,250

 

 

Jennifer R. Boykin

 

  

 

  75

 

  

 

   405,563

 

 

(1)

At his request, Mr. Petters receives an annual base salary of $1. His performance-based compensation is computed as a percentage of his base salary. The base salary used for purposes of determining incentive target values for Mr. Petters was $1,100,000.

 

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2020 Annual Incentive Plan Goals and Results

For Mr. Petters and Mr. Kastner, 2020 annual incentive compensation awards were based 80% upon overall company performance and 20% upon the performance of Technical Solutions. For Mr. Cuccias, Ms. Boykin and Mr. Green, 2020 annual incentive compensation awards were based upon the performance of the Ingalls division, the Newport News division and the Technical Solutions division, respectively.

The corporate AIP score is based 80% upon our overall financial score and 20% upon Technical Solutions revenue, as described below.

The Ingalls Shipbuilding division and Newport News Shipbuilding division performance scores are based 50% on the respective division operational scores, 40% on the respective division financial scores and 10% on the combined shipbuilding division operating margins (“SOM”). In determining the division performance factors for AIP awards for Mr. Cuccias and Ms. Boykin, the performance criteria are weighted as follows:

 

 

50% based on achievement of the respective division operational criteria.

The division operational criteria consist of the following six performance metrics, with corresponding weights. These criteria, which are specific to the respective divisions, are recommended by our CEO and approved by the Committee at the beginning of the performance year.

 

   

Safety (20%)—Measured by a combination of elements, including total case rate, lost total case rate and lost work days rate;

 

   

Quality (16%)—Measured by integrating elements such as defect rates, process quality, planning quality and other appropriate criteria for program type and phase;

 

   

Schedule (16%)—Measured using program-specific objectives related to achievement of quarterly schedule targets;

 

   

Cost (16%)—Measured using program-specific objectives related to achievement of cost factors that include Cost Performance Index and overhead rates;

 

   

Division Management (16%)—May be focused on operational or financial goals or goals relating to environmental, human capital or any other area in which our CEO desires to drive performance. Goals recommended by our CEO and approved by the Committee at the beginning of the performance year are specific to each division’s opportunities and challenges; and

 

   

Cross-Shipbuilding Collaboration (16%)—Focused on collaboration based on five areas (program management, supply chain management, planning, engineering and operations).

 

 

20% based on achievement of the respective division return on sales (“ROS”) performance criteria.

 

   

ROS performance criteria—Measured as division OM before other post-employment retirement benefits and FAS/CAS net pension expense.

 

 

20% based on achievement of the respective division OCF performance criteria.

 

   

OCF performance criteria—Measured as division OCF before discretionary pension contributions, capital expenditures and excess cash flow.

 

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10% based on achievement of the SOM performance criteria.

 

   

SOM performance criteria—Measured as the combined OM of the shipbuilding divisions.

The Technical Solutions division performance score is based 30% on the division operational score and 70% on the division financial score. In determining the division performance factor for Mr. Green’s AIP award, the performance criteria are weighted as follows:

 

 

30% based on achievement of the division operational criteria.

The division operational criteria consist of the following four performance metrics. These criteria are recommended by our CEO and approved by the Committee at the beginning of the performance year.

 

   

People—Focused on optimizing human capital;

 

   

Process—Focused on managing the business and meeting customer expectations;

 

   

Execution—Focused on actively managing and driving results in business leading indicators; and

 

   

Compliance—Focused on ensuring ethical and compliant behavior.

 

 

70% based on achievement of the division financial criteria.

The division financial criteria consist of the following four performance metrics. These criteria are recommended by our CEO and approved by the Committee at the beginning of the performance year.

 

   

Revenue (20%)—Measured as division total sales;

 

   

ROS (35%)—Measured as division OM divided by division total sales;

 

   

OCF (35%)—Measured as division cash flow before capital expenditures; and

 

   

Cross-Business Unity Synergy (10%)

All of the AIP goals for our NEOs are recommended by our CEO and then approved by the Committee.

AIP goals are plan-based, with minimum and maximum limits based on clear targets connected to our annual operating goals. The AIP goals are based upon metrics that are customer focused and stockholder friendly with clear line-of-sight financial and operational metrics. Final AIP performance metrics for 2020, as determined by the Committee, were as follows:

Corporate 2020 Metrics for Mr. Petters and Mr. Kastner

 

Corporate 2020 Metrics

Goals @

0%

Goals @

100%

Goals @

200%

Performance
Results

Points
Earned
Weighting

Final AIP

Points

OM—Performance (%)

 

7.55  

 

8.59  

 

9.21  

 

6.11

(1)  

 

0  

 

40

%     

 

0

OCF—Performance ($M)

 

837  

 

976  

 

1,115  

 

1,107

(1)

 

194  

 

40

%

 

78

TSD Revenue ($M)

 

875  

 

975  

 

1,075  

 

869

(2)

 

0  

 

20

%

 

0

Total Performance (CPF)

 

Total AIP Score

 

78

 

(1)

Performance results reduced from actual results to reflect unabsorbed cost allocation at Technical Solutions.

(2)

Performance results reduced from actual results to eliminate the financial results of two business units that were classified as assets held for sale and the results of Hydroid, which was acquired in March 2020.

 

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Ingalls Shipbuilding 2020 Metrics for Mr. Cuccias

 

Ingalls 2020 Metrics

Goals @

0%

Goals @

100%

Goals @

200%

Performance
Results
Points
Earned
Weighting

Final AIP

Points

Operational Metrics

 

Operational Performance (Safety, Quality, Cost, Schedule, Cross-Shipbuilding Collaboration, Site President Specific)

  0   100   200   164   164     50%   82

 

 

 

Financial Metrics

OM—Performance (%)

 

8.00

 

9.00

 

9.50

 

10.49

 

100  

 

40

OCF—Performance ($M)

 

234

 

284

 

334

 

482

 

100  

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Performance

 

200  

 

40%

 

80

Shipbuilding Operating Margin Metric

Combined Shipbuilding OM (%)

 

8.00

 

9.00

 

10.00

 

6.23

 

0  

 

10%

 

0

 

 

 

Total Performance (DPF)

 

Total AIP Score

 

162

Technical Solutions 2020 Metrics for Mr. Green

 

                           

TS 2020 Metrics

 

Goals @

0%

   

Goals @

100%

   

Goals @

200%

    Performance
Results
    Points
Earned
    Weighting    

Final AIP

Points

 

Operational Metrics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Specific

 

 

0  

 

 

 

100  

 

 

 

200  

 

 

 

183

 

 

 

183  

 

 

 

15%

 

 

 

27  

 

             

 

 

 

Financial Metrics

             

Revenue ($M)

 

 

875  

 

 

 

975  

 

 

 

1,075  

 

 

 

869

(1) 

 

 

0  

 

   

 

0  

 

OM—Performance (%)

 

 

4.17  

 

 

 

5.17  

 

 

 

6.17  

 

 

 

5.06

(2) 

 

 

31  

 

   

 

27  

 

OCF—Performance ($M)

 

 

46  

 

 

 

66  

 

 

 

86  

 

 

 

97

(2) 

 

 

70  

 

   

 

60  

 

Cross-Business Unit Synergies

 

 

50  

 

 

 

100  

 

 

 

125  

 

 

 

383

 

 

 

20  

 

   

 

17  

 

         

 

 

     

 

 

 

Financial Performance

         

 

121  

 

 

 

85%

 

 

 

104  

 

             

 

 

 

Total Performance (DPF)

                         

 

Total AIP Score

 

 

 

131  

 

 

(1)

Performance results reduced from actual results to eliminate the financial results of two business units that were classified as assets held for sale and the results of Hydroid, which was acquired in March 2020.

(2)

Performance results reduced from actual results to reflect unabsorbed cost allocation.

 

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Newport News Shipbuilding 2020 Metrics for Ms. Boykin

 

                           

NNS 2020 Metrics

 

Goals @

0%

   

Goals @

100%

   

Goals @

200%

    Performance
Results
    Points
Earned
    Weighting    

Final AIP

Points

 

Operational Metrics

             

Operational Performance (Safety, Quality, Cost, Schedule, Cross-Shipbuilding Collaboration, Site President Specific)

    0         100         200         123         123       50%       61  
             

 

 

 

Financial Metrics

             

OM—Performance (%)

 

 

8.00  

 

 

 

9.00  

 

 

 

9.50  

 

 

 

4.18  

 

 

 

0

 

   

 

0

 

OCF—Performance ($M)

 

 

557  

 

 

 

626  

 

 

 

695  

 

 

 

528  

 

 

 

0

 

   

 

0

 

         

 

 

     

 

 

 

Financial Performance

         

 

0

 

 

 

40%

 

 

 

0

 

Shipbuilding Operating Margin Metric

             

Combined Shipbuilding OM (%)

 

 

8.00  

 

 

 

9.00  

 

 

 

10.00  

 

 

 

6.23  

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

10%

 

 

 

0

 

             

 

 

 

Total Performance (DPF)

                         

 

Total AIP Score

 

 

 

61

 

2020 AIP payouts for the NEOs were made at the performance scores reflected in the respective tables above, and the performance scores represent the percentage of target incentive compensation at which payouts were made.

Long-Term Incentive Compensation Awards

Our long-term incentive compensation goals are intended to reward three-year performance increments based primarily upon the achievement of financial metrics. Long-term incentive compensation for our NEOs is provided in the form of Restricted Performance Stock Rights (“RPSRs”). Each RPSR represents the right to receive one share of our common stock, or cash of equivalent value, subject to vesting as provided in the award. Vesting occurs once the Committee determines that the applicable performance criteria for the performance period have been achieved. Earned RPSRs may be paid out in shares of our common stock or, at the discretion of the Committee, cash. RPSRs include dividend equivalent units, or DEUs, that are credited to the RPSRs following payment by the company of a cash dividend on our common stock. These DEUs remain subject to the terms and conditions of the underlying RPSR grants and are paid only to the extent the underlying RPSRs vest upon satisfaction of the applicable performance criteria.

The Committee determines long-term incentive compensation target values for our NEOs based upon a peer group analysis, applying value-based guidelines that focus on the award value, rather than the number of shares granted (share-based guidelines). The Committee believes value-based guidelines more effectively deliver long-term incentive compensation awards that are consistent with awards received by individuals holding comparable positions at peer companies.

2020 Long-Term Incentive Compensation Awards

Long-term incentive compensation awards in 2020 were granted under our stockholder-approved Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. 2012 Long Term Incentive Stock Plan (the “2012 Plan”). All long-term incentive compensation awards granted to our NEOs in 2020 were in the form of RPSRs and covered the performance period from 2020 through 2022. The Committee and management review

 

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and evaluate RPSR performance goals to ensure they are aligned with our long-term objectives. For the 2020 grants, the Committee and management determined that performance for long-term incentive compensation awards to our NEOs would be measured using ROIC, EBITDAP and relative EBITDAP. The number of shares that ultimately vest and are issued to an NEO under an RPSR award can vary from 0% to 200% of the original number of shares granted.

For 2020, the long-term incentive compensation target values for our NEOs were approved by the Committee as follows:

 

Name

  

2020 Long-Term

Incentive
Compensation
Target

($)

  

Actual

Award

($)

C. Michael Petters

  

4,400,000

  

4,399,962

Christopher D. Kastner

  

1,500,000

  

1,499,923

Brian J. Cuccias

  

1,150,000

  

1,149,777

Edgar A. Green III

  

1,150,000

  

1,149,777

Jennifer R. Boykin

  

1,150,000

  

1,149,777

The target dollar amounts are grant date theoretical values and not based upon any actual calculation or estimate of payout. An NEO is not guaranteed to receive any payout as a result of the 2020 grants.

2018-2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan Goals and Results

During the first quarter of each year, the Committee reviews our financial performance over the prior three years against approved long-term incentive compensation goals to determine payout multiples for RPSRs with a performance period that ended December 31 of the prior year.

At the March 2021 meeting, the Committee reviewed performance for the January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020 performance period. The performance factor for the 2018 LTIP equity grants, as approved by the Committee, was calculated as follows:

 

     HII 2018-2020 Goals      Actual Performance (Adj.)  
    

 

Goals @
0%

 

    

 

Goals @
100%

 

    

 

Goals @
200%

 

    

 

Performance
Results

 

  

Score

 

    

Weighting       

 

 

CPF

 

 

EBITDAP ($M) (1)

  

 

2,456

 

  

 

2,776

 

  

 

3,002

 

  

2,553

  

 

30

 

  

50%  

 

 

15

ROIC (%) (2)

  

 

34.50

 

  

 

40.40

 

  

 

44.00

 

  

58.90

  

 

200

 

  

50%  

 

 

100

Total

                             

Total LTIP Score       

 

 

115

 

(1)

Net Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and Net Pension/Post Retirement Expense.

 

(2)

Cumulative FCF divided by average invested capital.

The Committee has discretion under the LTIP to adjust the LTIP performance factor. For the 2018 awards that vested at the end of 2020, the Committee approved an adjustment to the performance factor from 1.15 to 1.14 to eliminate the impact on the factor of recent acquisitions that are not yet impacting the performance factor on a normalized basis. The 2018 LTIP awards therefore paid out at 114% of target, and earned RPSRs were issued on March 1, 2021.

 

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Additional Benefits

We provide additional benefits to our NEOs through various plans that are also available to some or all of our other employees. Although these plans are not directly overseen by the Committee, the Committee considers benefits under these plans when considering an executive’s total annual compensation and determining the annual and long-term compensation components. These benefits are not performance-related and are designed to provide a market competitive package to attract, motivate and retain the executive talent we need to achieve our business objectives. The plans include broad-based retirement plans, as well as additional supplemental executive benefits we provide. These supplemental benefits include supplemental pension plans, enhanced health and welfare benefits (dental, life, AD&D and disability) and the Special Officers Retiree Medical Plan (“SORMP”) for our CEO upon retirement.

Defined Benefit Retirement Plans. We maintain tax-qualified defined benefit pension plans that cover all but one of our NEOs and the majority of our workforce. These plans are structured to retain and reward employees for long service and to recognize higher performance levels through annual pay increases. Compensation, age and service factor into the amount of the benefits provided under the plans.

We also maintain non-tax-qualified supplemental defined benefit pension plans that cover all but one of our NEOs. These plans provide benefits that would have been provided under the tax-qualified plans if no limits applied to such plans under the Internal Revenue Code. These types of benefits are common in our industry.

Defined Contribution Savings Plans. We maintain tax-qualified defined contribution savings plans that cover our NEOs and the majority of our workforce. Participating employees contribute portions of their pay to the plans, and the company generally provides a matching contribution.

We also maintain two non-tax-qualified supplemental savings plans that cover all eligible employees, including our NEOs. The Savings Excess Plan (“SEP”) allows eligible employees to defer compensation beyond the limits of the tax-qualified plans and receive a matching company contribution. Eligibility begins when annual income, including base pay and bonuses, equals or exceeds $285,000, the plan compensation limit under the Internal Revenue Code. Eligible employees may participate in the plan in the calendar year after their total cash income meets or exceeds this limit.

The Officers Retirement Account Contribution Plan (“ORAC”) covers the company’s elected and appointed officers hired on or after July 1, 2008, who are not eligible for defined benefit pension plans. Enrollment is automatic, and the company contributes an amount equal to 4% of the officer’s eligible compensation.

Because Mr. Green was hired after June 30, 2008, he is not eligible to participate in the company’s qualified and nonqualified defined benefit pension plans, but he receives the SEP and ORAC benefits described above. Our other NEOs do not receive ORAC benefits. Additional information about the SEP and the ORAC is provided in the Nonqualified Deferred Compensation table.

Special Officer Retiree Medical Plan. Our President and Chief Executive Officer is a participant in the SORMP and entitled to retiree medical benefits under the terms of the SORMP. Coverage under the SORMP is essentially a continuation of medical benefits into retirement, plus retiree life insurance. Additional information about the SORMP is provided below in the Retiree Medical Arrangement section of the Potential Payments upon Termination or Change of Control section and related tables.

 

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Perquisites. Our NEOs are eligible for certain executive perquisites, which include financial planning, dental coverage, physical exams, personal liability insurance and relocation benefits. These perquisites are common within our industry and comprise an important component of our total compensation package. Management and the Committee review perquisites and benefits on an annual basis to ensure they are appropriate.

Severance Benefits. Management and the Committee believe severance benefits are appropriate for a reasonable amount of time following certain terminations of employment, including a termination without cause. In addition to providing a severance plan for all employees, we maintain The Severance Plan for Elected and Appointed Officers of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Benefits under this plan for our NEOs include the following:

 

 

Lump Sum Cash Severance Payment—A lump sum equal to one and one half (1.5) times the sum of annual base salary and Target Bonus;

 

 

Extension of Medical and Dental Benefits—The employer portion of medical and dental insurance premiums for a period of 18 months following the date of termination (concurrent with COBRA);

 

 

Financial Planning Reimbursement—Eligible expenses incurred prior to the date of termination and eligible expenses incurred in the year in which the date of termination occurs up to a maximum of $15,000 ($30,000 for the CEO), and any fees incurred in the year following the year in which the date of termination occurs up to a maximum of $15,000 ($30,000 for the CEO); and

 

 

Outplacement Services Reimbursement—Fees incurred within one year after the date of termination (limited to 15% of base salary as of the date of termination).

Additional Compensation Policies

Total Compensation—Tally Sheet

Management provides the Committee with a total compensation and benefits perspective for each NEO, which includes a tally sheet that captures each element of total compensation and benefits. In conjunction with the Committee’s consideration of NEO compensation compared to the company’s peer group, this tally sheet ensures that compensation decisions are made within a total compensation framework. The tally sheet provides a broad perspective that covers basic annual compensation components, as well as an annualized value of the benefits and perquisites each NEO receives. Accordingly, the values of nonqualified deferred compensation, outstanding equity awards, health and welfare benefits, pension benefits and perquisites are included.

Tax Deductibility of Pay—Section 162(m)

Prior to January 1, 2018, Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code generally limited the deductibility of non-performance based compensation to $1 million each for a public company’s CEO and next three highest-paid executive officers (other than the CFO). Among the provisions included in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) were changes to Section 162(m). Effective January 1, 2018, the performance-based compensation exception to the $1 million deduction limitation was repealed and the employees subject to the $1 million limitation were revised to include the CEO, CFO and next three highest-paid executive officers. AIP awards and long-term incentive compensation awards in 2020, as well as payouts on 2020 AIP awards and payouts on 2018 long-term incentive compensation awards, to executives subject to Section 162(m) are subject to the $1 million annual deduction limit.

 

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Grant Date for Equity Compensation Awards

Our annual grant cycle for long-term incentive compensation equity awards occurs simultaneously with salary increases and annual incentive compensation awards. We expect this to occur in the first two and one-half months of each year. This timing allows management and the Committee to make decisions on all three compensation elements at the same time to promote a total compensation approach.

Stock Ownership Guidelines

To promote ownership of our common stock by our executives and alignment of management and stockholder interests, we have adopted stock ownership guidelines that prescribe pre-determined stock ownership levels for certain executives, expressed as a multiple of the executive’s base salary. The stock ownership guidelines prescribe the following ownership levels:

 

 

President and CEO—7 times base salary;

 

 

Elected officers reporting directly to the President and CEO—3 times base salary; and

 

 

Other elected, appointed and other officers—1.5 times base salary.

The ownership guidelines may be satisfied in one or more of the following ways:

 

 

Direct ownership of our common stock;

 

 

Restricted Stock Rights (“RSRs”) (vested or unvested) granted in the form of restricted stock units and issued as part of a long-term incentive compensation award;

 

 

Equivalent shares held in our savings plan (401(k) plan); or

 

 

Equivalent shares held in our Savings Excess Plan.

As of February 28, 2021, the percentage of stock ownership target attained by each NEO was as follows:

 

Name

 

  

Target

 

  

 

% of Target

Attained

 

C. Michael Petters

  

7 x salary

  

1,379

Christopher D. Kastner

  

3 x salary

  

   526

Brian J. Cuccias

  

3 x salary

  

   593

Edgar A. Green III

  

3 x salary

  

   150

Jennifer R. Boykin

  

3 x salary

  

   115

Stock Holding Requirement

To supplement our stock ownership guidelines, we adopted stock holding requirements for our NEOs and other officers. Under the holding requirements, our NEOs and other officers must hold at least 50% of the total number of shares of our common stock received as compensation until the earlier of (a) the third anniversary of the date such shares are issued or (b) the date that employment terminates due to death or disability. The holding requirement continues upon termination or retirement for a one-year period after separation from the company and applies to any equity compensation award vesting in that one-year period. Any equity compensation award vesting or stock options exercised after the one-year anniversary of retirement or termination are not subject to the holding requirement.

 

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Executive Compensation Recoupment

The Committee has adopted the Policy Regarding the Recoupment of Certain Performance-Based Compensation Payments (“clawback policy”), which requires reimbursement of all or a portion of any performance-based short- or long-term cash or equity incentive compensation payments to an employee at the vice president or more senior position level, when (i) restatement of financial results is necessitated by noncompliance with any financial reporting requirement under the securities laws and (ii) payment of such amounts was received by the employee during the 12-month period following the first public issuance or filing of the financial results that were subsequently restated. The clawback policy is in addition to any rights to repayment we may have under Section 304 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act and other applicable laws and does not limit other available remedies, including dismissing an employee or initiating other disciplinary actions.

Trading Restrictions and Policy Against Hedging and Pledging

Our insider trading policy prohibits directors, officers and employees from buying or selling securities of any company while aware of material non-public information about that company, subject to certain limited exceptions involving pre-arranged trading plans, and from providing such material non-public information to any person who may trade on the basis of such information. This policy also prohibits officers, directors and certain employees from engaging in speculative transactions in company securities, pledging company securities as collateral for a loan or other transaction or engaging in any hedging transactions involving company securities, including zero cost collar transactions and forward sale contracts. Directors, officers and certain employees may engage in permitted transactions in our securities only during certain specified periods and after receiving authorization from our Office of the Corporate Secretary.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed with management this Compensation Discussion and Analysis and, based on such review and discussion, the Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement and incorporated by reference into the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Submitted by members of the Compensation Committee:

Victoria D. Harker, Chairwoman

Philip M. Bilden

Anastasia D. Kelly

 

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TABLES

2020 Summary Compensation

The following table summarizes the compensation for our 2020 NEOs over the last three years.

Summary Compensation Table

 

    Name & Principal Position

 

 

Year

 

 

Salary

($) (1)

 

 

Stock

Awards

($) (2)

 

 

Non-Equity

Incentive Plan

Compensation

($) (3)

 

 

 

Change in

Pension

Value and

Non-Qualified

Deferred

Compensation

Earnings (4)

 

   

All Other

Compensation

($) (5)

 

 

Total ($)

 

C. Michael Petters,

 

2020

 

           1

 

4,399,962

 

1,072,500

 

 

915,344     

 

 

  52,610

 

6,440,417

President and Chief

 

2019

 

           1

 

4,399,903

 

1,457,500

 

 

2,734,018     

 

 

  50,570

 

8,641,992

Executive Officer

 

2018

 

           1

 

3,799,772

 

1,698,125

 

 

           —     

 

 

  54,081

 

5,551,979

Christopher D. Kastner,

 

2020

 

589,597

 

1,499,923

 

   346,467

 

 

658,779     

 

 

  55,127

 

3,149,893

Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer

  2019
2018
  575,000
567,308
  1,499,852
1,154,830
     457,125
   575,575
   
1,721,366     
827,773     
 
 
    64,228
  64,003
  4,317,571
3,189,489

Brian Cuccias,

 

2020

 

564,286

 

1,149,777

 

   688,298

 

 

704,098     

 

 

  56,409

 

3,162,867

Executive Vice President
and President, Ingalls
Shipbuilding

  2019
2018
  549,994
550,002
  1,149,803
1,154,830
     713,625
   677,600
   
1,047,163     
322,968     
 
 
    68,334
  54,915
  3,528,919
2,760,315

Edgar A. Green III,

Executive Vice President and
President, Technical
Solutions (6)

 

2020
2019

 

512,699
496,154

 

1,149,777
1,149,803

 

   505,988
   525,000

 

 

           —     
            —     

 
 

 

  153,355
  119,169

 

2,321,818
2,290,126

Jennifer R. Boykin,

 

2020

 

538,327

 

1,149,777

 

   247,393

 

 

1,719,315     

 

 

  22,488

 

3,677,300

Executive Vice President and
President, Newport News

Shipbuilding (7)

 

2019
2018

 

521,154
490,000

 

1,149,803
   913,354

 

   366,188
   404,250

 

 

2,277,560     
643,531     

 
 

 

  63,695
  55,598

 

4,378,400
2,506,733

 

(1)

The amounts in this column represent salary earned during the year and include amounts deferred under the savings and nonqualified deferred compensation plans.

 

(2)

The dollar values shown in this column are equal to the grant date fair values of equity awards made during the year, computed in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. Information about the assumptions used to value these awards can be found in Note 20 of the financial statements included in our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

    

The grant date values of 2020 RPSRs for each NEO, assuming maximum performance, were:

 

C. Michael Petters

  

 

$8,799,924

 

Christopher D. Kastner

  

 

$2,999,846

 

Brian J. Cuccias

  

 

$2,299,553

 

Edgar A. Green III

  

 

$2,299,553

 

Jennifer R. Boykin

  

 

$2,299,553

 

 

(3)

The amounts reported in this column are attributable to the AIP awards earned for 2018, 2019 and 2020, but paid in 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively. See the Grants of Plan-Based Awards table for more information regarding the range of AIP awards that could have been earned for 2020.

 

(4)

The amounts reported in this column represent the changes in actuarial present values of the accumulated benefits under defined benefit pension plans, determined by comparing the prior completed year-end amount to the covered year-end amount. We do not have any deferred compensation plans that provide for above market or preferential earnings.

 

(5)

Detailed information on the amounts reported in this column is included in the All Other Compensation table below.

 

(6)

Mr. Green first became an NEO in 2019. Under SEC rules, we are only required to provide 2019 and 2020 information for Mr. Green.

 

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2020 CEO Pay Ratio

As required by Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, we are providing the following information about the relationship of the annual total compensation of our employees and the annual total compensation of our CEO. The pay ratio included in this information is a reasonable estimate calculated in a manner consistent with Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K. Companies may apply a variety of different methodologies, assumptions, adjustments and estimates in compliance with Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K; as such, the information provided should not be used as a basis for comparisons between different companies.

For 2020, the annual total compensation of the median employee of our company was $71,130, and the annual total compensation of our CEO, as reported in the Summary Compensation Table above, was $6,440,417. Based upon this information, the ratio of the annual total compensation of our CEO, Mr. Petters, to the median of the annual total compensation of all employees was 91 to 1.

 

Summary Total

Compensation And

Pay Ratio

  

 

CEO     

  

 

Median       
Employee       

  

 

Pay       

Ratio       

  

 

$6,440,417     

 

  

 

$71,130       

 

  

 

91       

 

In order to identify the median of the annual total compensation of all our employees, as well as to determine the annual total compensation of our median employee and our CEO, our process was as follows:

We determined that, as of December 31, 2020, our employee population consisted of approximately 42,513 individuals. For purposes of determining our median employee, we excluded 70 employees in Canada and five employees in the U.K. The remaining workforce (excluding our CEO) was 42,437 employees. This population consisted of our full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees.

Our practice is to conduct the median employee analysis each year. December 31, 2020, was selected as the date upon which we would identify the “median employee,” because it allowed us to identify our median employee in a reasonably efficient and economical manner. To identify the median employee, we compared 2020 W-2 taxable Medicare wages (Box 5) as reported to the Internal Revenue Service. This compensation measure was consistently applied to all employees included in the calculation. As a result of our analysis, we identified a new median employee for 2020.

Once we identified the median employee, we calculated annual total compensation for such employee using the same methodology we use for reporting our NEOs on the 2020 Summary Compensation Table above. With respect to the annual total compensation of our CEO, we used the amount reported in the “Total” column of the table.

All Other Compensation

 

Name

   

 

 

Non-

Qualified

Plans

Company

Match ($)

 

Qualified

Plans

Company

Match ($)

 

Health and

Welfare

Contributions

($)

 

Executive

Physical

($)

 

Financial

Planning

($)

 

Personal

Liability

($)

 

Total All Other  

Compensation  

($)

C. Michael Petters

   

 

2020

   

 

 

 

   

 

11,200

   

 

9,183

   

 

2,000

   

 

24,180

   

 

6,047

   

 

52,610

Christopher D. Kastner

   

 

2020

   

 

30,469

   

 

10,564

   

 

9,347

   

 

2,000

   

 

675

   

 

2,072

   

 

55,127

Brian J. Cuccias

   

 

2020

   

 

34,752

   

 

10,688

   

 

8,354

   

 

 

 

   

 

540

   

 

2,076

   

 

56,409

Edgar A. Green III

   

 

2020

   

 

122,131

   

 

20,219

   

 

9,065

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

1,940

   

 

153,355

Jennifer R. Boykin

   

 

2020

   

 

867

   

 

11,400

   

 

8,149

     

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

2,072

   

 

22,488

 

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A family member of Ms. Boykin accompanied her on several trips on a corporate aircraft at no aggregate incremental cost to the company.

2020 Grants of Plan Based Awards

The following table provides additional information about equity and non-equity incentive compensation awards we granted to our NEOs during the year ended December 31, 2020.

2020 Grants of Plan Based Awards

 

                                                 

Grant Date

Fair Value

of Stock

and Option

Awards (3)

($)

 
              Estimated Potential Payouts Under
Non Equity  Incentive Plan Awards (1)
    Estimated Future Payouts Under
Equity Incentive  Plan Awards (2)
 

Name

  Grant Type   Grant
Date
   

Threshold

($)

   

Target

($)

   

Maximum

($)

   

Threshold

(#)

   

Target

(#)

   

Maximum

(#)

 

C. Michael Petters

  Annual Incentive Plan       0              1,375,000       2,750,000          

 

  Long-term Incentive (RPSR)     2/24/2020    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    0              18,736       37,472       4,399,962  

Christopher D. Kastner

  Annual Incentive Plan       0              444,188       888,376          

 

  Long-term Incentive (RPSR)     2/24/2020    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    0              6,387       12,774       1,499,923  

Brian J. Cuccias

  Annual Incentive Plan       0              424,875       849,750          

 

  Long-term Incentive (RPSR)     2/24/2020    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    0              4,896       9,792       1,149,777  

Edgar A. Green III

  Annual Incentive Plan       0              386,250       772,500          

 

  Long-term Incentive (RPSR)     2/24/2020    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    0              4,896       9,792       1,149,777  

Jennifer R. Boykin

  Annual Incentive Plan       0              405,563       811,126          
 

 

  Long-term Incentive (RPSR)     2/24/2020      

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

    0              4,896       9,792       1,149,777  

 

(1)

Amounts in these columns show the ranges of payouts that were possible under our Annual Incentive Plan based on performance during 2020, as described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis. The amounts actually earned for 2020 are included in the Summary Compensation Table.

 

(2)

These amounts reflect RPSRs granted in 2020 under the 2012 Plan. Each RPSR represents the right to receive a share of our common stock upon vesting of the RPSR. These RPSRs and accrued DEUs are earned based upon ROIC and EBITDAP performance over a three-year performance period commencing January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2022, with payout occurring in early 2023, ranging from 0% to 200% of the rights awarded. Accrued DEUs will be paid only to the extent the underlying shares vest based upon achievement of performance goals. Generally, an executive must remain employed through the performance period to earn an award, although vesting will be prorated if employment terminates earlier due to retirement, death or disability.

 

(3)

The amounts reported in this column represent the full grant date fair values of the equity awards computed in accordance with the FASB ASC Topic 718.

 

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Outstanding Equity Awards at 2020 Year-End

The following table summarizes the equity compensation awards made to our NEOs that were outstanding as of December 31, 2020.

Outstanding Equity Awards at 2020 Year-End

 

 

Name

  Number of
Securities of
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
Exercisable (#)
 

Grant

Date

  Option
Exercise
Price ($)
  Option  
Expiration  
Date  
 

Number of

Shares or

Units of

Stock

that Have

Not

Vested (#)

 

Market

Value

of

Shares

or

Units of

Stock

that

Have

Not

Vested

($)

 

Equity

Incentive

Plan

Awards:

Number

of

Unearned

Shares,

Units or

Other

Rights

that Have

Not

Vested

(#) (1)

 

Equity

Incentive

Plan

Awards:

Market or

Payout

Value of

Unearned

Shares,

Units or

Other

Rights

that Have

Not

Vested
($) (2)

C. Michael Petters

       

 

2/24/2020

                   

 

19,205

   

 

3,274,130

       

 

2/27/2019

                   

 

21,710

   

 

3,701,173

       

 

2/27/2018

                   

 

15,223

   

 

2,595,169

Christopher D. Kastner

       

 

2/24/2020

                   

 

6,547

   

 

1,116,133

       

 

2/27/2019

                   

 

7,401

   

 

1,261,667

       

 

2/27/2018

                   

 

4,627

   

 

788,726

Brian J. Cuccias

       

 

2/24/2020

                   

 

5,019

   

 

855,580

       

 

2/27/2019

                   

 

5,673

   

 

967,207

       

 

2/27/2018

                   

 

4,627

   

 

788,726

Edgar A. Green III

       

 

2/24/2020

                   

 

5,019

   

 

855,580

       

 

2/27/2019

                   

 

5,673

   

 

967,207

       

 

2/27/2018

                   

 

3,364

   

 

573,554

Jennifer R. Boykin

       

 

2/24/2020

                   

 

5,019

   

 

855,580

       

 

2/27/2019

                   

 

5,673

   

 

967,207

               

 

2/27/2018

                                           

 

3,659

   

 

623,803

 

(1)

The numbers in this column assume target performance levels for RPSRs. The RPSR award granted in February 2020, if earned, will vest based upon performance for the three-year period ending on December 31, 2022. The RPSR award granted in February 2019, if earned, will vest based upon performance for the three-year period ending on December 31, 2021. The RPSR award granted in February 2018 vested based upon performance for the three-year period that ended on December 31, 2020. See “2018-2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan Goals and Results” for actual vesting amounts. The number of shares reflected in the table for the 2020, 2019 and 2018 awards also includes DEUs accrued through December 31, 2020. DEUs vest only to the extent the underlying performance award vests.

 

(2)

The market values are based on the closing price of our common stock on December 31, 2020, of $170.48.

 

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Option Exercises and Stock Vested in 2020

The following table provides additional information about the value realized by our NEOs on vesting of stock awards during the year ended December 31, 2020. We did not have any stock options outstanding in 2020.

2020 Stock Vested

 

 

 

  

 

Option Awards

  

 

Stock Awards

 

Name & Principal Position

  

Number of

Shares

Acquired on

Exercise (#)

  

Value

Realized on

Exercise (1)

($)

  

Number of

Shares

Acquired on

Vesting (1)

(#)

    

Value

Realized on

Vesting (2)

($)

 

C. Michael Petters

   0    0      25,617        6,015,896  

Christopher D. Kastner

   0    0      7,044        1,654,213  

Brian J. Cuccias

   0    0      7,290        1,711,984  

Edgar A. Green III

   0    0      5,662        1,329,664  

Jennifer R. Boykin

   0    0      5,927        1,391,897  

 

(1)

The numbers in this column represent RPSRs that were received in 2020 based upon the achievement of performance goals for the three-year period from 2017 through 2019.

 

(2)

The values in this column are calculated by multiplying the number of RPSRs vested by the closing price of our common stock on the NYSE on the date of vesting.

 

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2020 Pension Benefits

The following table shows the present value of accumulated benefits payable to each of our NEOs under the qualified defined benefit pension plans and nonqualified defined benefit pension plans that we sponsor.

2020 Pension Benefits

 

Name & Principal Position

  Plan Name   

Number of

Years

Credited

Service

    

Present Value of

Accumulated

Benefit

($) (1)

    

Payments

During Last

Fiscal Year

($)

C. Michael Petters (2)

 

Special Officer SERP

  

 

16.167

 

  

 

13,030,161

 

  

 

HII NNS Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan

  

 

32.500

 

  

 

13,821,016

 

  

 

HII NNS Inc. Retirement Plan

  

 

32.500

 

  

 

1,160,836

 

  

Christopher D. Kastner (2)

 

OSERP

  

 

29.917

 

  

 

1,049,292

 

  

 

HII Supplemental Plan 2-ERISA 2

  

 

29.917

 

  

 

6,213,957

 

  

 

HII Retirement Plan “B”

  

 

29.917

 

  

 

2,223,232

 

  

Brian J. Cuccias (2)

 

OSERP

  

 

34.750

 

  

 

124,441

 

  

 

Avondale Supp Pension Plan

  

 

34.750

 

  

 

2,682,665

 

  

 

HII Litton Restoration Plan

  

 

34.750

 

  

 

5,323,350

 

  

 

HII Retirement Plan “B”

  

 

34.750

 

  

 

1,231,485

 

  

Edgar A. Green III (3)

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

  

Jennifer R. Boykin (2)

 

OSERP

  

 

33.000

 

  

 

3,088,346

 

  

 

HII NNS Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan

  

 

33.000

 

  

 

2,675,184

 

  

   

HII NNS Inc. Retirement Plan

  

 

33.000

 

  

 

2,028,974

 

  

 

(1)

While benefits may be spread over different plans, it is our policy that an executive’s total benefit under these plans is essentially limited to 60% of such executive’s final average pay. The pension benefits for Mr. Petters under the Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan are based upon an alternate formula that includes total HII service.

 

(2)

The following plans in which these executives participate were consolidated as of December 31, 2014, to form the Huntington Ingalls Industries Omnibus Supplemental Retirement Plan: HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan, Avondale Industries, Inc. Restated Supplemental Pension Plan, HII Litton Industries, Inc. Restoration Plan, and Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan. As of December 31, 2019, OSERP and Huntington Ingalls Industries Supplemental Plan 2 – ERISA 2 were merged into the Huntington Ingalls Industries Omnibus Supplemental Retirement Plan, which was subsequently renamed the Huntington Ingalls Industries Consolidated Supplemental Retirement Plan.

 

(3)

Mr. Green was hired in March 2011 and was, therefore, not eligible to participate in any historical defined benefit pension plans, which were closed to new participants in 2008. Mr. Green does, however, participate in company sponsored defined contribution plans.

The pension values represent the present values of the benefits expected to be paid in the future. They do not represent actual lump sum values that may be paid from a plan. The amount of future payments is based on the current accrued pension benefit as of December 31, 2020. Pursuant to SEC disclosure rules, (i) the actuarial assumptions used to calculate amounts for this table are the same as those used for our financial statements, and (ii) all pension values are determined assuming the NEO works until the specified retirement age, which is the earliest unreduced retirement age (as defined in each plan).

 

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General Explanation of the Pension Benefits Table

Individual employees may be covered by several different pension plans as a result of our history as a division of Northrop Grumman. However, an executive’s total benefit under the pension plans is essentially limited to 60% of his or her final average pay. The accrued tax qualified pension benefit cannot be reduced or taken away under applicable law, so all historical pension plans have been maintained.

Pension plans provide income during retirement, as well as benefits in special circumstances, including death and disability. In general, the plans are structured to reward and retain employees of long service and recognize higher achievement levels through increases in annual pay. The term “qualified plan” generally means a plan that qualifies for favorable tax treatment under Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Section 401. Savings plans (also known as 401(k) plans) and traditional pension plans are examples of qualified plans. Qualified plans apply to a broad base of employees. The term “nonqualified plan” generally means a plan that is limited to a specified group of management personnel. Our nonqualified plans supplement our qualified plans and (1) provide benefits that would be provided under our qualified plans if there were no limitations imposed by the IRC and (2) provide a minimum level of pension benefits to our executives in recognition of their higher levels of responsibility.

The amounts in the table are based upon the specific provisions of each plan, which are described in more detail below. Two basic types of pension benefits are reflected in the Pension Benefits table: traditional benefits and cash balance benefits. For purposes of computing amounts in the table, traditional benefits are determined based on the annual pension earned as of December 31, 2020, and include any supplemental payments. Cash balance benefits are based upon the account balance as of December 31, 2020, plus a future interest credit, converted to an annuity using the applicable conversion factors.

Mr. Kastner participates in the Huntington Ingalls Industries Retirement Plan “B” and the Huntington Ingalls Industries Supplemental Plan 2—ERISA Supplemental Program 2 (“ERISA 2”). Mr. Petters and Ms. Boykin participate in the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan and the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan. Mr. Cuccias participates in the Huntington Ingalls Industries Retirement Plan “B”, the Avondale Industries, Inc. Restated Supplemental Pension Plan and the HII Litton Industries, Inc. Restoration Plan. Mr. Green participates in the Huntington Ingalls Industries Officers Retirement Account Contribution Plan (“ORAC”). Each NEO, except Mr. Petters and Mr. Green, also participates in the Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program (“OSERP”). Mr. Petters participates in the Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan.

Effective December 31, 2014, the following plans in which our NEOs participate were consolidated to form the Huntington Ingalls Industries Omnibus Supplemental Retirement Plan: HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan, Avondale Industries, Inc. Restated Supplemental Pension Plan, HII Litton Industries, Inc. Restoration Plan and Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan. The consolidation does not affect the benefit amounts payable to the participants. Effective December 31, 2019, OSERP and ERISA 2 were merged into the Huntington Ingalls Industries Omnibus Supplemental Retirement Plan, which was subsequently renamed the Huntington Ingalls Industries Consolidated Supplemental Retirement Plan. This merger does not affect the benefit amounts payable to the participants.

The changes in pension values shown in the Summary Compensation Table include the effect of:

 

 

an additional year of service from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2020;

 

 

changes in eligible pension pay;

 

 

changes in applicable pay cap limits; and

 

 

changes in actuarial assumptions.

 

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Description of Qualified Plans

Huntington Ingalls Industries Retirement Plan “B” and HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan. The general benefit structure of these plans is similar except for the historical benefit formulas, the transition benefit formulas and the timing of the transition period, all of which are described below. The plans are qualified under IRC Section 401 and provide up to three component pieces of benefits depending on when a participant is hired and terminates. The following chart illustrates the component pieces (described in more detail after the chart):

 

   

Part B

(5-Year Transition Benefit)

Benefit based on a formula similar to

the one under the historical plan

formula during the transition period

        

Part A

Benefit under the historical plan formula before the transition period

  +   or (if greater)   +  

Part D

Benefit under the cash balance
formula after the transition period

  =                      Pension Benefit
   

Part C

(5-Year Transition Benefit)

Benefit under the cash balance

formula during the transition period

        

The components are the historical benefit (the Part A benefit), the transition benefit (the greater of the Part B benefit or the Part C benefit) and the cash balance benefit (the Part D benefit). Eligible employees who joined a plan after the transition date associated with their pension plan accrue only the cash balance benefit (Part D) from their first date of participation.

The qualified benefit for each NEO is the sum of these three benefits (Part A + Max (Part B or C) + Part D). The transition period for the Huntington Ingalls Industries Retirement Plan “B” was July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2008, while the transition period for the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan was January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2008. During the transition period, each eligible participant earned the greater of (i) the benefit calculated under a formula similar to his or her historical plan (Part B) or (ii) the cash balance formula benefit (Part C).

The cash balance formula (Parts C and D benefits) uses a participant’s points (age plus years of service) to determine a pay-based credit amount (a percentage of eligible pay) on a monthly basis. Interest is credited monthly on the amount in the participant’s hypothetical individual account. At normal retirement age, a participant’s balance in the hypothetical account is converted into an annuity payable for life, using specified factors. There are various forms of annuities from which the participant can choose, including a single-life annuity or a joint-and-survivor annuity.

Specific Elements of the Plans. The following paragraphs describe specific elements of the qualified plans in which our NEOs participate.

 

 

Formulas Under Historical Plans:

 

   

HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan—This plan provides a benefit equal to 55% of final average pay (as limited by IRC Section 401(a)(17)) multiplied by benefit service up to a maximum of 35 years divided by 35. Participants with pre-1997 service also have a frozen accrued benefit with the prior NNS parent company, Tenneco. Total benefit service is used for the plan benefit, but the frozen accrued benefit with Tenneco is offset from the total benefit. Final average pay is the average of the final 60 months of base pay multiplied by 12 to determine an annual final average pay. Mr. Petters and Ms. Boykin have historical (Part A) benefits under this formula.

 

   

HII Avondale Industries, Inc. Pension Plan—This plan is a legacy part of the Huntington Ingalls Industries Retirement Plan “B” and provides different benefits depending on whether the participant was an employee of Avondale Services Corporation (“Services”) or a Shipyard

 

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employee (“Shipyard”). The Services benefit is equal to 1.5% of final average pay (as limited by IRC Section 401(a)(17)) multiplied by benefit service. The Shipyard benefit is equal to the sum of 25% of final average pay (as limited by IRC Section 401(a)(17)) up to $6,600 and 40% of final average pay (as limited by IRC Section 401(a)(17)) in excess of $6,600 multiplied by the ratio of actual benefit service to projected benefit service at normal retirement age, prorated when projected benefit service is less than 30 years. In both cases, the benefit is offset by the annuitized value of the participant’s HII Avondale Industries, Inc. Savings Plan (“ESOP”) account, unless the participant is eligible and elects to roll over the ESOP account into the plan. The benefit amounts shown for Mr. Cuccias reflect the ESOP offset. Final average pay is the average of the five consecutive highest paid years during the last ten years of employment. Mr. Cuccias has historical (Part A) benefits under both of these formulas. Since he transferred from Shipyard to Services, his benefit is the greater of (1) the sum of his Shipyard and Services benefits based on service earned under each respective formula and (2) his Shipyard benefit as if he never transferred. The Part B benefit for Mr. Cuccias is based on the Services formula.

 

   

HII Northrop Grumman Pension Plan—This plan is a legacy part of the Huntington Ingalls Industries Retirement Plan “B” and provides a benefit equal to 1.6667% of final average pay (as limited by IRC Section 401(a)(17)) multiplied by benefit service up to a maximum of 30 years. Final average pay is the average of the three highest-paid years during which the participant was an eligible employee of Northrop Grumman after 1996. Mr. Kastner has historical (Part A) benefits under this formula.

 

 

Cash Balance Formula. Table 1 shows the percentage of pay credit specified at each point level for the Part C benefit for each NEO. Interest is credited monthly based upon the 30-year Treasury bond rate in effect four months prior to the crediting month.

 

 

For the Part D benefit, the cash balance formula for each NEO is based upon Table 2. Interest is credited monthly based on the 30-year Treasury bond rate in effect four months prior to the crediting month.

Table 1 (Part C Formula)

 

    

 

Credit Amount

Points

(attained age and total service)

 

  

All Eligible Pay

(%)

 

  

 

Eligible Pay in Excess of

Social Security Wage Base

(%)

 

Under 25

  

6.0

  

6.0

25 to 34

  

6.5

  

6.0

35 to 44

  

7.0

  

6.0

45 to 54

  

7.5

  

6.0

55 to 64

  

8.0

  

6.0

65 to 74

  

8.5

  

6.0

75 to 84

  

9.0

  

6.0

Over 84

  

9.5

  

6.0

 

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Table 2 (Part D Formula)

 

    

 

Credit Amount

Points

(attained age and total service)

 

  

All Eligible Pay

(%)

 

  

 

Eligible Pay in Excess of    

Social Security Wage Base    

(%)    

 

Under 25

  

3.5

  

4.0

25 to 34

  

4.0

  

4.0

35 to 44

  

4.5

  

4.0

45 to 54

  

5.0

  

4.0

55 to 64

  

5.5

  

4.0

65 to 74

  

6.5

  

4.0

75 to 84

  

7.5

  

4.0

Over 84

  

9.0

  

4.0

 

 

Vesting. Participants vest in their program benefits upon completion of three years of service. As of December 31, 2020, each NEO participating in a qualified pension plan has a non-forfeitable right to receive retirement benefits, which are payable upon early (if eligible) or normal retirement, as elected by the NEO.

 

 

Form of Benefit. The standard form of benefit is an annuity payable for the life of the participant. At normal retirement, the annuity for the cash balance formula is equal to the accumulated account balance divided by 9. Other annuity options may be elected; however, each option is actuarially equivalent in value to the standard form.

 

 

Pay. Pay for purposes of the cash balance, the HII Northrop Grumman Pension Plan formula and the services formula of the HII Avondale Industries, Inc. Pension Plan is primarily salary plus the annual cash bonus. Final average pay for the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan and the Shipyard formula of the HII Avondale Industries, Inc. Pension Plan is determined using base salary only.

 

 

Normal Retirement. Normal retirement means the benefit is not reduced for early commencement. It is generally specified in each formula as: age 65 for the HII Northrop Grumman Pension Plan, HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan and HII Avondale Industries, Inc. Pension Plan formulas and the later of age 65 and three years of vesting service for the cash balance formula.

 

 

Early Retirement. Early retirement eligibility for the historical HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan, the HII Northrop Grumman Pension Plan, the HII Avondale Industries, Inc. Pension Plan and the cash balance formulas occurs when the participant both attains age 55 and completes ten years of service. Early retirement benefits under both the historical and cash balance formulas may be reduced for commencement prior to normal retirement to reflect the longer period of time over which the benefit will be paid.

Messrs. Petters, Kastner and Cuccias and Ms. Boykin have reached the age of 55 and have completed ten or more years of service. Accordingly, each of Messrs. Petters, Kastner and Cuccias and Ms. Boykin is eligible for early retirement under the Huntington Ingalls Industries Retirement Plan “B” (which includes historical benefits from the HII Northrop Grumman Pension Plan and the HII Avondale Industries, Inc. Pension Plan) or the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan, as applicable. Early retirement benefits for each NEO cannot commence prior to termination of employment.

 

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Description of Nonqualified Plans

Huntington Ingalls Industries Supplemental Plan 2—ERISA Supplemental Program 2. This plan is a nonqualified plan that provides benefits that would have been paid under the Huntington Ingalls Industries Retirement Plan “B” but for the IRC Section 401(a)(17) limit on the amount of compensation that must be taken into account under a qualified plan. The definition of compensation under this plan also includes compensation under deferred compensation plans. Benefits under this plan are subject to a general limitation of 60% of final average pay (reduced for early retirement, if applicable, according to the rules of the OSERP) for all company pension benefits. Optional forms of payment are generally the same as those from the qualified plan, plus a 13-month delayed lump sum option on a portion of the benefit. Reductions for early retirement apply in the same manner as under the associated qualified plan.

Mr. Kastner began participating in the plan when he reached applicable pay grades for inclusion in the plan.

HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan. This plan is a nonqualified plan that provides benefits that would have been paid under the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan but for the IRC Section 401(a)(17) limit on the amount of compensation that must be taken into account under a qualified plan and the IRC Section 415 limit on benefits that may be paid under a qualified plan. The definition of compensation under this plan also includes compensation under deferred compensation plans. Benefits under the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan are subject to a general limitation of 60% of final average pay (reduced for early retirement, if applicable, according to the rules of the OSERP for all pension benefits). Optional forms of payment are the same as those under the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan. Reductions for early retirement apply in the same manner as under the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan.

Mr. Petters and Ms. Boykin began participating in the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan when they reached applicable pay grades for inclusion in the plan.

HII Litton Industries, Inc. Restoration Plan. This plan is a nonqualified plan that provides benefits that would have been paid under the Huntington Ingalls Industries Retirement Plan “B” but for the IRC Section 401(a)(17) limit on the amount of compensation that must be taken into account under a qualified plan. The definition of compensation under this plan also includes compensation under deferred compensation plans. Benefits under this plan are subject to a general limitation for all company pension benefits of 60% of final average pay (reduced for early retirement, if applicable, according to the rules of the OSERP). Optional forms of payment are generally the same as those from the qualified plan, plus a 13-month delayed lump sum option on a portion of the benefit. Reductions for early retirement apply in the same manner as under the associated qualified plan.

Mr. Cuccias began participating in the HII Litton Industries, Inc. Restoration Plan on July 1, 2003, when the plan was amended to cover the non-represented participants of HII Avondale Industries, Inc.

Avondale Industries, Inc. Restated Supplemental Pension Plan. This plan is a nonqualified plan that provides a supplemental pension equal to 15% of final average pay multiplied by a fraction of actual benefit service divided by projected years of service to early retirement date, where the fraction shall not exceed one. Final average pay is the average of the five consecutive highest paid years out of the last ten years of employment. The definition of compensation under this plan also includes compensation under deferred compensation plans. Optional forms of payment and reductions for early retirement are generally the same as those from the HII Avondale Industries, Inc. Pension Plan.

Mr. Cuccias began participating in the Avondale Industries, Inc. Restated Supplemental Pension Plan when he was designated a participant by the Avondale board of directors.

 

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Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program. The Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program is a nonqualified plan frozen to new entrants on July 1, 2008. Accordingly, officers hired on or after this date and any promoted officers who do not participate in a qualified defined benefit pension plan are not allowed to participate in the program. On December 31, 2018, this program was also closed to those officers whose hire date was prior to July 1, 2008, but promotion date occurred on or after January 1, 2019. Instead, officers who were hired on or after July 1, 2008, or promoted on or after January 1, 2019, participate in the Huntington Ingalls Industries Officers Retirement Account Contribution Plan, which is a defined contribution plan arrangement.

Messrs. Cuccias and Kastner and Ms. Boykin participate in the Huntington Ingalls Industries Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program, which provides a total pension benefit equal to a percentage of final average pay (the average pay without the IRC Section 401(a)(17) limit and including deferred compensation in the three highest-paid plan years during the greater of (i) the last ten consecutive years of participation or (ii) all consecutive years of participation since January 1, 1997) where the percentage is determined by the following formula: 2% for each year of service up to ten years, 1.5% for each subsequent year up to 20 years and 1% for each additional year over 20 and less than 45, less any other HII pension benefits. Under the Huntington Ingalls Industries Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program, all years of service with HII are used to determine the final percentage.

The Huntington Ingalls Industries Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program benefit, when combined with all HII pension benefits, cannot exceed the general limit of 60% of final average pay (reduced for early retirement, if applicable, according to the rules of the Huntington Ingalls Industries Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program). Optional forms of payment are generally the same as those under the qualified plan, plus a 13-month delayed lump sum option on a portion of the Huntington Ingalls Industries Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program benefit.

 

 

Normal Retirement: Age 65.

 

 

Early Retirement: Age 55 and completion of ten years of service. Benefits are reduced by the lesser of 2.5% for each year between retirement age and age 65, or 2.5% for each point less than 85 at retirement. Points are equal to the sum of age and years of service.

 

 

Vesting: Participants vest in their Huntington Ingalls Industries Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program benefits upon attaining age 55 and completion of ten years of service or attaining age 65 and completion of five years of service. These milestones must be attained prior to termination from HII.

Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan. The Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan is a nonqualified plan, limited to the Chief Executive Officer of the company as of March 31, 2011. Mr. Petters is eligible to participate in the Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, which provides a pension equal to the greater of the amount accrued under the OSERP formula or the benefit calculated using the Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan provisions.

The Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan provides a total pension benefit equal to a percentage of final average pay (the average pay without the IRC Section 401(a)(17) limit and including deferred compensation of the three highest-paid plan years after 1996) where the percentage is determined by the following formula: 3.33% for each year of service up to ten years, 1.5% for each subsequent year up to 20 years and 1% for each additional year over 20, less any other HII pension benefits accrued while a participant in the Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan. Only service while a participant in the Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan is used to determine the final percentage.

 

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The Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan benefit, when combined with all pension benefits, cannot exceed the general limit of 60% of final average pay (reduced for early retirement, if applicable), according to the rules of the Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan. Optional forms of payment are generally the same as those under the qualified plan, plus a 13-month delayed lump sum option on a portion of the Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan benefit.

 

 

Normal Retirement: Age 65.

 

 

Early Retirement: The later of the first day of the month following termination or the commencement of the participant’s qualified plan benefit. Benefits are reduced by the lesser of 2.5% for each year between retirement age and age 65, or 2.5% for each point less than 85 at retirement. Points are equal to the sum of age and years of service.

 

 

Vesting: Participants vest in their Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan benefits when they have vested in their qualified plan benefits.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Omnibus Supplemental Retirement Plan. Effective December 31, 2014, the following plans in which our NEOs participate were consolidated to form the Huntington Ingalls Industries Omnibus Supplemental Retirement Plan: HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan, Avondale Industries, Inc. Restated Supplemental Pension Plan, HII Litton Industries, Inc. Restoration Plan and Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan. The consolidation does not affect the benefit amounts payable to the participants. Effective December 31, 2019, OSERP and ERISA 2 were merged into the Huntington Ingalls Industries Omnibus Supplemental Retirement Plan. This merger does not affect the benefit amounts payable to the participants.

Section 409A Restrictions on Timing and Optional Forms of Payment. Under IRC Section 409A, employees who participate in company-sponsored nonqualified plans, such as the HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan, the HII Litton Industries, Inc. Restoration Plan, the Avondale Industries, Inc. Restated Supplemental Pension Plan, the Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan and the Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, are subject to special rules regarding the timing and forms of payment for benefits earned or vested after December 31, 2004 (“post-2004 benefits”). Payment of post-2004 benefits must begin on the first day of the month coincident with or following the later of attainment of age 55 and termination from the company. The optional forms of payment for post-2004 benefits are limited to a single life annuity or a selection of joint and survivor options.

Specific Assumptions Used to Estimate Present Values. The following assumptions were used to estimate the present values in the Pension Benefits table:

 

 

Assumed Retirement Age: For all plans, pension benefits are assumed to begin at the earliest retirement age that the participant can receive an unreduced benefit payable from the plan. Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program and Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan benefits are first unreduced once an NEO reaches age 55 and accumulates 85 points or reaches age 65. HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan and associated HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Restoration Plan benefits (Part A and B benefits) are first unreduced at the earlier of age 62 and completion of ten years of service or age 65. For the HII Avondale Industries, Inc. Pension Plan (Part A and B benefits), the associated HII Litton Industries, Inc. Restoration Plan (Part A and B benefits) and the Avondale Industries, Inc. Restated Supplemental Pension Plan, benefits are first unreduced for an NEO at age 65. For the HII Northrop Grumman Pension Plan (Part A and B benefits) and the associated Huntington Ingalls Industries Supplemental Plan 2—ERISA Supplemental Program 2 (Part A and B benefits), vested benefits are

 

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first unreduced once an NEO reaches age 55 and accumulates 85 points or reaches age 65. Given each NEO’s period of service, cash balance benefits (Part C and D benefits) will be converted to an annuity on an unreduced basis starting at age 55.

When portions of an NEO’s benefit under the “Part A + Max (Part B or Part C) + Part D” structure have different unreduced retirement ages, the later unreduced age is used for the entire benefit.

 

 

Discount Rate: The applicable discount rates are as follows:

 

Plan Name

 

  

 

12/31/2020

(%)

 

  

 

12/31/2019   

(%)

 

Huntington Ingalls Industries Supplemental Plan 2

    

 

2.89

       3.44

HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Plan

       2.78        3.36

HII Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. Retirement Benefit Restoration Plan

       2.89        3.44

Huntington Ingalls Industries Retirement Plan “B”

       2.79        3.40

Avondale Industries, Inc. Restated Supplemental Pension Plan

       2.89        3.44

HII Litton Industries, Inc. Restoration Plan

       2.89        3.44

Officers Supplemental Executive Retirement Program

       2.89        3.44

Special Officer Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan

       2.89        3.44

 

 

Mortality Table: A variation of the RP-2014 and MP-2017 mortality tables, adjusted to reflect the company’s experience and expectations.

 

 

Present Values: Present values are calculated using the Assumed Retirement Age, Discount Rate and Mortality Table described above; they assume no pre-retirement mortality, disability or termination and that the NEO remains employed until his or her earliest unreduced retirement age.

 

 

Future Investment Crediting Rate Assumption: Cash balance amounts are projected to the Assumed Retirement Age based on the future investment crediting rate assumptions of 2.86% as of December 31, 2019, and 2.74% as of December 31, 2020. These rates are used in conjunction with the discount rate to estimate the present value amounts for cash balance benefits.

Information on Executives Eligible to Retire. Ms. Boykin and Messrs. Cuccias, Petters and Kastner are eligible to retire early and begin pension benefits immediately under all plans in which they participate. Their total annual immediate benefit, assuming they had terminated on December 31, 2020, is $400,717 for Ms. Boykin, $626,251 for Mr. Cuccias, $1,700,077 for Mr. Petters and $516,129 for Mr. Kastner.

 

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2020 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

The following table summarizes the compensation of our NEOs under our nonqualified deferred compensation plans.

2020 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

 

Name

   Plan Name  

Executive

Contributions

in Last FY

(1) ($)

   

Registrant

Contributions

in Last FY

(2) ($)

   

Aggregate

Earnings

in Last FY

(3) ($)

   

Aggregate

Withdrawals/

Distributions

($)