Rick Spaulding is vice president of Business Process Standardization for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2019, Spaulding is responsible for the standardization and implementation of program and production standards across the company as well as acceleration of digital shipbuilding and other key business functions. He leads efforts to share best practices across all HII shipyards.
He began his shipbuilding career in 1983 as a supervisor in the Steel Fabrication Division at NNS and has since held positions of increasing responsibility including planning manager in the Seawolf-Class Submarine Program, construction superintendent in repair and new construction, and director of Central Planning, where he was responsible for planning, scheduling, and production control. In 2008, he was promoted to vice president of Central Planning and Process Excellence at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi, where he served until being named to his current position. In this role, he was responsible for all planning, scheduling and production control, and process improvement efforts at Ingalls.
Spaulding earned a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1983. He serves as chair of the Ship Production committee of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and is a member of the Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program and the University of Michigan Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Advisory Board.
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.