Eric Womble is CEO of Womble Enterprises, Inc., a consulting company he started in 2012, following his retirement as Corporate Vice President for Program Integration and Assessment from Huntington Ingalls Industries. Womble Enterprises will help defense and startup companies navigate the Washington, D.C. business environment. Womble’s career spans the public, private and military arenas.
Prior to HII, which builds 70 percent of the ships for the U.S. Navy and cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard, Womble led the Advanced Capabilities Group and reinvigorated the front end of the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s strategic, technology and business development enterprise. As Sector Vice President he led the research and development, strategic planning, advanced concepts and new business development efforts for the Shipbuilding sector which has $6 billion in annual sales. Womble joined Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) in late 2002 as Corporate Vice President, Programs in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for business and strategic development with the Executive Branch of the U.S. government and international customers.
Womble joined NGC with over twenty‑three years of experience serving in the Executive and Legislative Branches of the United States federal government. He became the Military Legislative Assistant for Senator Trent Lott, Mississippi, in December 1995, and concurrently assumed the duties of National Security Advisor for the Senate Majority Leader in April 1997. In these positions, he was instrumental in setting and passing legislation and appropriations that positively impacted the Department of Defense, its service members and their families. He also was responsible for coordinating all military, legislative and budget activities with the Pentagon, other Congressional offices, industry, academic institutions, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Defense and Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittees.
Womble was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1980 and was assigned to a number of assignments in Washington, DC and around the world. Womble served as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Research from April 1992 to December 1995. In this position, he was the principal assistant to the director of the Navy’s science and technology executive agency, encompassing a headquarters staff of 450 personnel and the Naval Research Laboratory with 4,500 employees, which included over 900 PhDs and 71 senior executive service managers, with an annual budget exceeding $1.4 billion. After this assignment, he was selected to participate in the Department of Defense’s Congressional Fellows program.
Womble received his undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters in Business Administration from Marymount College of Virginia.