Michael Helpinstill is vice president of business management and chief financial officer for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News, Va. Named to this position in 2015, Helpinstill is responsible for business management functions, including accounting, financial reporting and planning, analysis, rates and budgets, and program cost control.
Prior to his promotion, Helpinstill served as vice president and 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. He also served as director of business management and assistant controller.
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.