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Jennifer Boykin to Succeed Matt Mulherin as HII Newport News Shipbuilding Division President

Jennifer Boykin

Jennifer Boykin, vice president of engineering and design at Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ (NYSE: HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, has been promoted to president of the division and executive vice president of the company, effective July 1.

She will succeed Matt Mulherin, who will retire from the company by Aug. 1 after after a 36-year career, Huntington Ingalls said Wednesday.

“Jennifer is an experienced and well-respected leader in our industry,” said Huntington Ingalls President and CEO Mike Petters, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2017.

“Her style is collaborative, and she is adept at building strong teams that work well together to deliver exceptional results,” Petters added.

Boykin currently oversees ship design, planning yard, topside construction and test engineering functions at Newport News Shipbuilding.

She joined the division in 1987 and has since held roles of increasing responsibility such as director of facilities and waterfront support; nuclear engineering division program manager and construction superintendent for the aircraft carrier program.

Matt Mulherin

Mulherin has led Newport News Shipbuilding as its president since 2011 and oversees all of the division’s engineering, operations and programs.

He was sector vice president and general manager of site operations at Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) before it spun off its shipbuilding sector into an independent company now called Huntington Ingalls.

His career at Northrop began as a nuclear test engineer in 1981 and later he elevated to leadership positions such as nuclear project manager of Los Angeles-class submarines and director and vice president of the Gerald R. Ford-class carriers.

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