Brian Fields is vice president of Business Transformation and Chief Transformation Officer for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2019, Fields is responsible for transforming all aspects of the business to be more agile and efficient with a special focus on people, technology and culture. He leads the company’s digital shipbuilding program, is responsible for the pace of transformation execution efforts across the business, and has oversight of all information systems at NNS and the HII Corporate Office.
Fields began his shipbuilding career as an engineer in the Los Angeles-class submarine program. Since then, he has served in positions of increasing responsibility including several engineering leadership roles and director of the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier construction program, where he was responsible for managing ship design, manufacturing and construction efforts. In 2011, he was promoted to vice president of Supply Chain Management. In 2015, he assumed responsibility as vice president of Integrated Planning and Production Control and was responsible for all direct planning, supply chain planning and production control functions across the organization.
He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary. Fields is active in the community, serving on the board of directors for the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation and coaching in local youth sports leagues.
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 23,000 people, many of whom are third and fourth generation shipbuilders. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.