John Temple

Vice President

John Temple

John Temple most recently served as vice president of Strategic Sourcing at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2017, he had responsibility for sourcing and procurement functions in support of all shipbuilding contracts and clients throughout the design, construction, overhaul and repair of naval vessels. In June 2018, Temple announced he will retire in 2019 after more than 46 years of service. To ensure a strong turn-over, Temple has transitioned into a new executive role, where he will help establish stronger supply base partnerships as company workloads increase.

Temple began his shipbuilding career in 1972 as a pipe apprentice at the company’s Apprentice School, and has since held various leadership positions in the Quality Inspection, Cost Engineering and Contracts and Pricing divisions. In 2003, Temple was appointed director of Contracts and Pricing. In this position, he successfully integrated aircraft carrier refueling and complex overhaul estimating and contracting processes across the value stream, which lead to greater efficiencies across the shipyard. In 2008, he was named director of Contracts and Subcontract Management for the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, which is a Department of Energy site that NNS manages as part of a joint venture. He most recently served as SRS’ vice president of Contracts and Supply Chain Management, where he was responsible for all aspects of the contract including administration, procurement, material receipt and distribution, funds management, interface management and the performance evaluation measurement plan.

With more than 40 years of continued service, Temple is a Master Shipbuilder. He is a graduate of the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Christopher Newport University. Temple is an active member of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness and the Savannah River Site Leadership Association.


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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

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