Ken Mahler

Vice President, Navy Programs

Ken Mahler

Ken Mahler is vice president of Navy Programs at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News, Va. Named to this position in 2008, Mahler is responsible for all program and financial aspects including program execution and financial performance of the portfolio of ships built and maintained by Newport News Shipbuilding. This responsibility includes aircraft carrier construction, aircraft carrier refueling and overhaul programs, aircraft carrier inactivation programs, submarine construction and maintenance, and fleet support operations supporting the Navy. He is also responsible for leading efforts to capture new Navy program business for Newport News.

Mahler began his career at Newport News in 1985 as a mechanical engineering co-op student and then began a full-time career with the company in 1986 as an engineer in the propulsion machinery section of the aircraft carrier engineering division. He has held positions of progressively increasing responsibility, including engineering supervisor, construction superintendent, program manager for the overhaul and refueling of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and program director for planning and executing multiple aircraft carrier overhaul and new construction programs. Prior to his current position, he served as vice president of aircraft carrier overhaul programs.

Mahler earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. He currently serves on the board of directors for the USO of Hampton Roads and previously served on the board of directors of the Educational Foundation of Old Dominion University. He and his team received the Project Management Institute’s Project of the Year Award in recognition of exemplary project management performance of a dry dock maintenance availability for USS George Washington. He and his team also received the Newport News Shipbuilding President’s Environmental and Safety award. Mahler serves as the executive sponsor for the Newport News Shipbuilders of Huntington Ingalls Professionals (SHIPS) Network, and organization that creates social and professional networking opportunities for new and transferring employees, connecting them across Newport News Shipbuilding to foster assimilation, knowledge sharing, and retention.


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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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