Bruce N. Hawthorne is corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII).
Named to this position in 2011, he is the company's chief legal officer. He has overall leadership responsibility for the company's law department and outside counsel, which provide a broad range of legal advice and support for the company's business activities.
Prior to joining the company, he served as partner and practice development chairman for the law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory (AGG) LLP, enabling it to develop best practices around collaboration and value delivery, client relationships and talent development.
From 2008 until joining AGG, he served as cofounder and managing director of Consigliere Group LLC, a consulting and technology services firm established to help law firms and in-house law departments deliver greater value and more cost effective legal services.
Hawthorne's corporate career includes serving as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Electronic Data Systems during a time when the company was pursuing a major transformation. While there, he led a global legal team that provided counsel and support to a population of 110,000 employees.
Prior to this, he served as executive vice president and chief staff officer for Sprint Corp., a major telecommunications company for which he had been the lead outside counsel for more than a decade. As chief staff officer, he had executive responsibility for multiple functions, including strategy, corporate development, human resources, communications, brand management and security. Until 2003, he was a senior partner of the law firm of King & Spalding LLP, where he established recognized expertise in the corporate and securities laws, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic joint ventures.
Hawthorne holds a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. (Beta Gamma Sigma) from the University of Detroit and a J.D. (Order of the Coif) from Vanderbilt University, where he was the managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Admitted to the bar in Georgia, he is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA Business Law Section's Federal Regulation of Securities Committee.