Photo Release--Michael Lempke to Lead Newport News Shipbuilding’s Energy Programs


NEWPORT NEWS, Va., June 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced that Michael Lempke has been appointed vice president of energy programs for the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. He will succeed Pete Diakun, who will retire at the end of the year after 31 years of service.

“Pete’s accomplishments during his tenure have led to many research and technology innovations in our ship programs,” said Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin. “He has also created new opportunities that will position us well into the future as we continue to grow our energy business.”

Michael Lempke
Michael Lempke

Lempke will lead the shipyard’s energy programs strategy once he transitions into the new role.

“Michael brings a wealth of experience that equips him to make an immediate and positive impact to our commercial and DOE energy business,” Mulherin said.

Lempke has more than two decades of experience in executive acquisition and operations for both government and industry. Most recently, he served as vice president of integrated strategic decision support for Systems, Planning and Analysis, Inc., in Alexandria. He has also held senior management positions with the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Energy, the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and the Department of the Navy. Lempke earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in acquisition management from The George Washington University.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. 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. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 35,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:


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Christie Miller
Manager of Media Relations
Newport News Shipbuilding Communications
(757) 380-3581
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