Matt Needy

Vice President, Navy Programs

Matt Needy

Matt Needy is vice president of Navy Programs at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2020, he is responsible for all program and financial aspects including program execution and financial performance of the portfolio of ships built and maintained by NNS. This responsibility also 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. It is also responsible for leading efforts to capture new
Navy program business for Newport News.

He began his shipbuilding career in 1987 as an engineering co-op and was hired in 1991 as a fulltime engineer on the Seawolf-Class Submarine Program. Since then, Needy has served in positions of increasing responsibility including manager of Systems Engineering, director of Process Improvement and Strategy, director of Corporate Business Operations, director of Component Fabrication and Assembly, and vice president of the Virginia-Class Submarine Program. Prior to his current position, he served as vice president of Operations, where he was responsible for all production trades, trade management, manufacturing, and facilities operations. This responsibility included streamlining processes and maximizing efficiencies across the shipbuilding value stream, overseeing extensive capital improvements to the company’s more than 550-acre campus, and preparing manufacturing and production workforce for the company’s yard-wide transition to a digital shipbuilding environment.

Needy earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University, where he currently serves as an advisory board member to the university’s engineering department. He is active in the community and focused on the advancement of regional STEM opportunities and youth development through his service on the executive board for the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, An Achievable Dream Inc., and the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA.


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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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