Michael Helpinstill is vice president and controller for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News, Va. Named to this position in 2011, he has responsibility for accounting and financial compliance, financial planning and reporting, rates and budgets, program financial control, government financial liaison, and earned value management.
Prior to his promotion, Helpinstill served as director and assistant
controller. Since joining the shipyard in 1996, he has held leadership
positions in a number of finance and business management functions, including serving as chief financial
officer for Huntington Ingalls Industries' subsidiary AMSEC LLC and business manager for Newport News Shipbuilding's aircraft carrier construction, refueling and overhaul programs.
Helpinstill earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Bucknell University and an M.B.A from the University of Virginia.
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 20,000 people, many of whom are third and fourth generation shipbuilders. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.