PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon is retiring. At the end of March, Edenzon will step down as president, but not officially retire until Dec. 1, 2014 in order to assist with the transition of leadership.
The Huntington Ingalls Industries Board of Directors has elected Brian Cuccias to succeed Edenzon, effective April 1, 2014.
Edenzon has served as president since 2011, and is responsible for all programs and operations at Ingalls Shipbuilding. Prior to this position and since 2008, he served as sector vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast.
"Ingalls builds great ships because we have great shipbuilders and we build these ships in a community that supports us. I will always be proud to be an Ingalls Shipbuilder," Edenzon said.
"Irwin built a solid team that has accomplished exactly what we set out to do back in 2008," said HII President and CEO Mike Petters. "He and his team have focused on safety, quality, cost and schedule performance, and we've seen substantial and significant improvement in every one of these areas under Irwin's leadership. He has led Ingalls through some of its toughest challenges during his tenure as president and helped put us back on course."
Cuccias currently serves as the vice president, amphibious ship programs, for Ingalls Shipbuilding and will become vice president, program management, effective Jan. 6, 2014, until he assumes the president role in April. In this role, he will have responsibility for all program and financial aspects, including solicitations, program execution and financial performance of all Ingalls Shipbuilding programs, to include large-deck amphibious ships (LHA 6, LHA 7 and capture of LHA 8) as well as LPD and LPD variant ships production, surface combatants and U.S. Coast Guard ship programs.
"Brian is an experienced and well-respected leader throughout our industry," Petters said. "He has demonstrated that he has the leadership skills, fortitude and vision to lead the Ingalls Shipbuilding team to success in what will be a challenging future."
Cuccias' shipbuilding career began in 1979 when he joined Litton Data Systems as a financial analyst on several Navy programs. Since that time, he has held positions of increasing responsibility, to include 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.
In 2008 Cuccias was the vice president, surface combatants, for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, which included the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers and the U.S. Coast Guard campaigns.
Most recently and prior to his current position, he was the vice president, large-deck amphibious ships (LHA 6, LHA 7 and capture of LHA 8).
Cuccias earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of South Alabama. He also attended Harvard Management, Leadership and Financial Skills, and the Wharton School of Business Executive Education program.