APRIL 11, 2016 — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) reports that Kari Wilkinson will become vice president of program management at its Ingalls Shipbuilding division, effective May 23.
She succeeds Richard Schenk, who will retire on July 1 after 33 years of service.
Additionally, says Huntington Ingalls Industries, its Ingalls division has promoted Mike Duthu to vice president, business development, effective immediately.
Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said that Mr, Schenk had made significant contributions to Ingalls past, current and future business objectives, "and we owe him our gratitude and thanks."
"He has excelled in everything he has done at Ingalls—from his leadership and experience to his professionalism and loyalty—and is truly a shipbuilder in every sense of the word," said Mr. Cuccias.
Ms. Wilkinson will be responsible for all program execution, financial performance and solicitations of the portfolio of ships built by Ingalls. She is currently the ship program manager for the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26). She will report directly to Mr. Cuccias.
"Kari is extremely dedicated and brings 20 years of shipbuilding experience to this position," Mr. Cuccias said. "I look forward to working with her on a daily basis to broaden our scope of building quality ships for our military as affordably as possible."
Ms. Wilkinson began her career with Ingalls in 1996 as an associate naval architect after graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. She has advanced through several positions of increased responsibility and has worked closely with engineering, operations and supply chain management, including a rotational assignment as the director of sector administration, reporting directly to the company president. In 2007, she became a ship program manager with the LPD program, where she was responsible for all aspects of three ship programs at Ingalls, including LPD 26.
Mr. Duthu will be responsible for coordinating Ingalls' capture team activities and managing all business development activities, including bids and proposals. This includes working with the HII and Ingalls customer relations team to optimize business development activities with the company's Navy and Coast Guard customers.
He has more than 25 years of experience at Ingalls, having worked in engineering, business development and programs management.
He earned a bachelor's degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi.
He most recently served as the director of business development. In his new role, he will report to Tim Farrell, vice president of business development and strategy.