Jason Sutton, program director for steel fabrication and assembly at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, has been named chief information officer within the same division.
He will succeed Brian Fields, who held the CIO post while serving as chief transformation officer and will transition to a new role as vice president of aircraft carriers Enterprise (CVN 80) and Doris Miller (CVN 81), the company said Friday.
Sutton will report to Bharat Amin, executive VP and CIO at HII, for activities related to information technology and cybersecurity as he helps Newport News meet strategic objectives and establish IT priorities.
“Jason’s experience will better help us bring the three HII divisions together to create a force multiplier of people, processes and tools that mature our cybersecurity operations, create efficiencies and reduce cost, and deliver secure and reliable information to the right people at the right time,” Amin said.
Sutton will also report to Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding, and help build teams by leading HII’s enterprise cybersecurity and IT leadership change model.
“As we accelerate the pace of our digital transformation, Jason’s experience in steel fabrication and assembly will prove valuable as we progress our work on the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80), the first aircraft carrier that will be built completely in a digital environment,” said Boykin.
Sutton started his career at Newport News in 2018 as director of operations after serving for more than two decades in the U.S. Air Force, where held tactical and strategic leadership positions in IT and cyberspace operations. He retired from military service as CIO and director of communications for Air Combat Command.