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Ken Mahler

Vice President, Navy Programs

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Ken Mahler is vice president of Navy Programs at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News, Va. Named to this position in 2008, Mahler is responsible for aircraft carrier construction, aircraft carrier refueling and overhaul programs, aircraft carrier inactivation programs, Virginia-class submarine construction, and other fleet support operations for the Navy.

Mahler began his career in Newport News in 1985 as a co-op student and then began a full-time career with the sector in 1986 as an engineer in the machinery design section of the aircraft carrier engineering division. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in the aircraft carrier division including engineering supervisor, construction superintendent, program manager for the overhaul and refueling of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and program director for planning and executing multiple aircraft carrier overhaul and new construction programs. He also served as vice president of aircraft carrier overhaul programs.

Mahler earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. and is licensed as a professional engineer. He serves on the board of directors for the USO of Hampton Roads and the Educational Foundation of Old Dominion University.

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