Matt Mulherin

Executive Vice President and President, Newport News Shipbuilding

Matt Mulherin

Matt Mulherin is executive 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. Mulherin also has responsibility for NNS’ industrial subcontract at the Kenneth A. Kesselring Site, a research and development facility in upstate New York that supports the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program. Newport News Shipbuilding has approximately $4 billion in revenues and more than 20,000 employees.

Mulherin 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. 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.

In 2016, Mulherin was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board. He also serves on the board of directors for the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority, an appointment he has held since 2013. Mulherin serves on the board of directors for the Shipbuilders Council of America and the Naval Submarine League. He serves on the board of trustees for The Mariners’ Museum, is a vice president of Greater Peninsula NOW, and is a member of the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable.


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Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear and Environmental, and Oil and Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit

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