Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has named Brooke Hart executive vice president, communications. She will succeed Jerri Dickseski, who will retire on September 1 after nearly 31 years of service.
Hart will be located in HII’s Washington, D.C., office and will report to Mike Petters, HII’s president and CEO, effective Sept. 27.
“Jerri has been a member of my executive team for 17 years, and I’ve relied upon her communications acumen and sound counsel,” Petters said. “The breadth and depth of her communication expertise, coupled with her endless energy and drive, have been instrumental in building HII from its foundation. I thank her for passionately telling the stories of our employees and the hard work they perform every day to support a greater good and our nation’s security. I wish her the very best as she begins this new chapter.”
Hart will be responsible for the company’s communications strategy and execution, covering all external communications, media relations, advertising, executive communications, enterprise employee communications, crisis communications, corporate special events, web and social media, and branding/corporate image.
“Brooke has an extensive background in communications,” Petters said. “As a veteran TV journalist and executive communicator, Brooke brings a solid understanding of the importance of executing communications tools for developing a narrative for a company and being responsive to all of our stakeholders. I have full confidence in her abilities, and I look forward to her joining my team to help position HII for continued success.”
Hart comes to HII from the Sierra Nevada Corporation, a privately held aerospace and defense company, where she was the vice president, communications and brand. Prior to joining Sierra Nevada in 2015, she was a partner and vice president for the Crystal Tech Fund/Disruption Corporation, and a senior officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts. Earlier in her career, Hart worked as a journalist for NBC News. She holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Georgetown University.