Richard A. Peterson
United States Mint
Richard A. Peterson was named Deputy Director of the United States Mint on January 25, 2011. Before becoming its top executive, he served as the Mint's Associate Director for Manufacturing for two years.
The United States Mint is the world's largest manufacturer of coins, medals and numismatic products. Headquartered in Washington, DC, it has operating facilities in Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco and West Point, New York, and has responsibility for the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Mr. Peterson's established career in the manufacturing sector spans more than 20 years in various senior positions. Prior to joining the Mint, Mr. Peterson served for eleven years as an executive for the General Electric Company, working in the company's healthcare business. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Peterson was Assistant to the President for Building Materials Holding Corporation, directing all aspects of the mergers and acquisitions function. From 1992 to 1996, he led the research and development, engineering, and environmental services functions of ASARCO, Inc., an international mining company.
A former U.S. Naval officer, Mr. Peterson was a nuclear-trained submariner and served on active duty from 1981 to 1992. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Peterson and his wife, Lois, have been married for 32 years and have three children.