Matt Mulherin is executive vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries and president of HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division in Newport News, Virginia. Named to this position in 2011, he is responsible for all of the division’s engineering, operations and programs, including the most complex ships in the world: nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. Newport News has approximately $4 billion in revenues and more than 20,000 employees.
Mulherin 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, including shipbuilding and repair, Department of Energy and commercial energy. Before being named president of Newport News Shipbuilding, Mulherin served as vice president and general manager of site operations at Newport News as part of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
In 2016, Mulherin was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board, and in 2013, he was appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority. He also serves on the board of directors for the Shipbuilders Council of America and the Naval Submarine League and on the board of trustees for The Mariners’ Museum. He is a vice president of Greater Peninsula NOW, a member of the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable and a member of the Peninsula TowneBank Community Board.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.
Updated Dec. 9, 2016
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