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Matt Mulherin

Corporate Vice President and President, Newport News Shipbuilding

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Matt Mulherin is corporate vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and president of Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) in Newport News, Va. Named to this position in 2011, he is responsible for all Newport News Shipbuilding engineering, operations and programs, to include the most complex ships in the world: nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. Newport News Shipbuilding has approximately $4 billion in revenues and more than 23,000 employees.

Mulherin also has responsibility for Continental Maritime, a San Diego shipyard that services and supports U.S. Navy ships on the West Coast; AMSEC, a full-service provider of engineering, logistics and technical support services to the U.S. Navy; and Stoller-Newport News Nuclear Corp., a provider of technical, ecological, waste management, remediation and consulting services within the Department of Energy arena.

Before being named president of NNS, Mulherin served as vice president and general manager of site operations at Newport News as part of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. His responsibilities included programs for the company's Newport News operations, where he successfully led the sector's aircraft carrier design and construction programs, carrier refueling and overhaul programs, and the submarine program.

He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in 1981 and began his career at Newport News the same year as a nuclear test engineer. Since then, he has held increasingly responsible positions, including nuclear project manager for Los Angeles-class submarines, director of facilities, director of nuclear engineering and refueling, and director of carrier refueling and overhaul construction. He also served as director and vice president for the next generation of aircraft carriers, the Gerald R. Ford class, and vice president of all programs to include shipbuilding and repair, Department of Energy and commercial energy.

Mulherin serves on the board of directors for the Shipbuilders Council of America and the Naval Submarine League. He also serves on the board of trustees for The Mariners' Museum, is a committee member of Greater Peninsula NOW, is a member of the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable, and a member of the Peninsula TowneBank Community Board. In 2013, Mulherin was appointed by the governor to serve on the board of directors for the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority.

Huntington Ingalls Industries designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Employing nearly 38,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information, please visit