Brian Blanchette, former director of technical and design engineering at Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII), was appointed as vice president of quality and engineering at HII’s Pascagoula, Mississippi-based naval shipbuilding arm.
The company said Thursday Blanchette will succeed Dave Belanger, who is retiring in July after more than a decade of working at Ingalls Shipbuilding, and will manage and supervise the HII division’s quality program.
Blanchette’s other responsibilities in his new role include oversight of ship design and engineering as well as management of integrated logistics support. He will also be tasked to drive planning yard engineering initiatives.
Commenting on Blanchette’s promotion, Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson underscored the new VP’s focus on performance and his 25-year experience at the division serving a variety of roles.
In his most recent post as director, Blanchette supervised design efforts for several naval platforms including Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyers and San Antonio-class amphibious transport docks.
He also supported multiple international programs as an executive previously serving business development-related positions.