Newport News Shipbuilding, div. of Huntington Ingalls Industries 
Intermediate level
Advanced level
Value Stream 1 Engaged People

Performance coaching at Newport News Shipbuilding

Engaging the workforce
Tuesday, Oct. 25 Location Code
2:15pm-3:15pm Dallas Ballroom A, 1st floor TP/13

Hear how performance coaching at every level creates a collaborative and engaging culture. Learn how engaged teams find methods to improve processes and work to achieve the desired business outcome.


Discover how coaches can help to develop and mature leadership skills by developing tools to improve business management, strategies to accomplish major initiatives and techniques for employee development. One key aspect is the establishment of an operating rhythm which provides systematic, predictable opportunities for leaders to engage their teams. Learn how each interaction is an opportunity for leaders to understand how their behavior affects the business outcome and performance of their teams. Leaders are responsible for creating an environment of accountability and involving the people closest to the work - from finding solutions to improving the process. Most importantly, this interaction reinforces the responsibility of the leader to demonstrate the appropriate response to the situation, i.e. good or bad performance and behaviors.


Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines. NNS also provides fleet services for naval ships and recently expanded its nuclear and manufacturing expertise into Department of Energy and alternative energy business ventures. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, the shipyard's vast facilities span more than 550 acres along two miles of waterfront on the historic James River. It is the largest industrial employer in Virginia, employing more than 20,000 people, many of whom are third and fourth generation shipbuilders.

Presenter: Rob Hogan

Rob Hogan is vice president of manufacturing for Newport News Shipbuilding, responsible for manufacturing and manufacturing planning, supporting all shipbuilding programs. He began his career with the shipyard in 1976 as a welder and has held positions at all levels of production and construction leadership. In 2004, he became director of process excellence and in 2009 was appointed director of manufacturing for steel fabrication. Hogan won the NNS President's Model of Excellence Award in 1998 for his process improvement initiatives in manufacturing. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Strayer University. He is chairman of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, serves on the board of directors for CCAM (Commonwealth Center for Advance Manufacturing) and is active in the American Welding Society, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and AME. He is also a member of the Newport News Shipbuilding President's Safety Cabinet and the Apprentice School Alumni Association.