Jason Sutton, program director for steel fabrication and assembly in the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII), has been appointed chief information officer within the same division.
He will succeed Brian Fields, who held the position of CIO while also serving as Director of Transformation and will move to a new role as Vice President of Aircraft Carriers Enterprise (CVN 80) and Doris Miller. (CVN 81), the company said on Friday.
Sutton to report to Bharat Amin, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of HII, for IT and Cyber Security activities, as he helps Newport News achieve its strategic goals and set its IT priorities .
“Jason’s experience will help us better 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 costs, and deliver secure and reliable information to the right people at the right time. “said Amine.
Sutton will also report to Jennifer Boykin, President of Newport News Shipbuilding, and help build teams by leading HII’s corporate IT and cybersecurity leadership change model.
“As we accelerate the pace of our digital transformation, Jason’s experience in steel fabrication and assembly will prove invaluable as we progress in our work on the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80), the first aircraft carrier to be built entirely in a digital environment, ”Boykin said.
Sutton began his career at Newport News in 2018 as Director of Operations after serving for more than two decades in the US Air Force, where he 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.