Matt Mulherin is corporate vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and president of Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. Named to this position in 2011, he is responsible for all Newport News Shipbuilding engineering, operations and programs, to include the most complex ships in the world: nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. Newport News Shipbuilding has approximately $3.5 billion in revenues and nearly 21,000 employees.
Mulherin most recently served as vice president and general manager of site operations at Newport News as part of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding since 2008. His responsibilities included programs for the company's Newport News operations, where he successfully led the sector's aircraft carrier design and construction programs, carrier refueling and overhaul programs, and the submarine program.
He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in 1981 and began his career at Newport News the same year as a nuclear test engineer. Since then, he has held increasingly responsible positions, including nuclear project manager for Los Angeles-class submarines, director of facilities, director of nuclear engineering and refueling, and director of carrier refueling and overhaul construction. He also served as director and vice president for the next generation of aircraft carriers, the Gerald R. Ford class, and vice president of all programs to include shipbuilding and repair, Department of Energy and commercial energy.
Mulherin serves on the board of directors for the Shipbuilders Council of America and the Naval Submarine League. He also serves on the board of trustees for The Mariners' Museum and is a committee member of Greater Peninsula NOW.