NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Dec. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Duane Bourne has joined its corporate communications team as a manager of media relations. He will succeed Christie Miller, who has accepted a position on the communications team at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. He will report to Beci Brenton, corporate director of public affairs.
“Throughout Duane’s career, he has developed a deep wealth of knowledge in the field of media relations,” said Jerri Dickseski, HII’s executive vice president of communications. “His early work as a journalist and his extensive public relations work with the U.S. Coast Guard and the energy industry give him a unique and multifaceted skill-set that we are excited to have on our team.”
Bourne will serve as HII’s spokesperson for Newport News Shipbuilding, where he will primarily focus on the division’s programs, people and capabilities in terms of pitching stories and responding to media queries from local and trade media.
Prior to joining HII and since 2014, Bourne served as the public relations and media relations manager for Southern Company Gas. As an employee of Allied Technologies from 2009-2011, he served as a public affairs contractor to the U.S. Coast Guard, including support of the relief efforts during the Haitian earthquake humanitarian crisis. Bourne began his career as a journalist and worked as a staff writer for The Virginian-Pilot (2005-2009) and the St. Petersburg Times (2003-2005). He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stony Brook University.
Bourne received special recognition from the United Way of South Hampton Roads for his work as campaign chair in 2013. He is member of the Peninsula Powerhouse Toastmasters Club.
About Huntington Ingalls Industries
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 Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: