Jennifer Dunn is vice president of Communications for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. She was appointed to this position in 2016 and leads the development and execution of the communications strategy for Newport News Shipbuilding.
In this role, Dunn has responsibility for executive communications, special events, employee communications, local and community public relations and advertising, employee recognition programs, and crisis communications. Dunn also oversees a team of creative professionals who provide graphic design, photography, videography and digital services across the enterprise.
A third-generation shipbuilder with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Christopher Newport University, Dunn joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1997 as an operations coordinator in the submarine program. In 2000, she joined the company’s Corporate Communications team and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including manager of media relations and director of Communications for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. Dunn was named director of Communications for Newport News Shipbuilding in 2008, and she supported the spin-off and formulation of Huntington Ingalls Industries in 2011.
Dunn serves on the company’s Inclusion and Diversity Council, and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators.
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.