NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that Jon Arena has been named vice president and chief counsel of HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. He will succeed Jim Gildea, who retired on April 1.
Arena will be a key member of the law department’s leadership team, reporting directly to Kellye Walker, executive vice president and chief legal officer, and indirectly to Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin. In this role, he will be responsible for providing legal advice and counsel to senior management and overseeing and coordinating the provision of legal advice to Newport News.
Arena comes to HII from Boeing, where he served as senior counsel, Boeing Global Services, since 2015. Prior to Boeing, he served as a senior attorney at NASA from 2002 to 2015. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the Ohio State University in 1998 and a juris doctor from the College of William and Mary in 2002. He currently is pursuing an MBA through Washington University in St. Louis.
“I’m confident that the breadth and depth of Jonathan’s experience in commercial and government contracting, intellectual property and export control—as well as his strong record of ethics and leadership—will benefit Newport News’ people and programs,” Walker said. “We are fortunate to have him join our team.”
A photo of Arena is available at: http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/file?fid=5acfa52e2cfac23e1a06dd5d.
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 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: