Damon Saetre is vice president of Integrated Planning and Production Control for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2019, he is responsible for all direct planning, supply chain planning and production control functions across the organization. This includes leading Navy program work plans, as well as workforce and capacity planning.
Saetre began his shipbuilding career in 1992 as a pipefitter apprentice. Since then, he has served in positions of increasing responsibility to include design apprentice, designer, planner, and manager of planning and production control for aircraft carriers. Prior to his current role, he served as director of scheduling and capacity planning for all Navy programs.
A 1997 graduate of The Apprentice School, Saetre holds an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering from Thomas Nelson Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Averett University.
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 23,000 people, many of whom are third and fourth generation shipbuilders. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.