News Article | May 8, 2017
-- Expanding its Los Angeles legal team, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) announced today the addition of attorney Cheryl Nieman to its growing commercial real estate practice. Nieman will work closely with partner David Swartz in the firm's newest office location at 11601 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1600 in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.According to Swartz, who heads up CGS3's LA office, the new location makes good business sense in light of the significant number of clients headquartered in Los Angeles and Orange County and supports the firm's commitment to delivering best-in-class responsiveness, work product quality and a "street smart" approach to sophisticated commercial real estate deals."With our new L.A. offices, we are poised to proactively serve our existing LA- and Orange County-based clients while improving our ability to attract the most talented lawyers, like Cheryl, who share our commitment to addressing our clients' legal needs with innovation and creativity as well as partnering with them in achieving their business goals," said Swartz. "Cheryl is a tenacious litigator and skilled transactional attorney with a wealth of experience who can get things done without unnecessary effort. We are thrilled to have her join our team."Nieman most recently was an associate at the Law Offices of Robert P. Friedman in Bel Air, Calif., where she represented developers, property owners, businesses, investors and tenants in transactional real estate and corporate matters, negotiating and preparing of documentation relating to the acquisition, ownership, leasing, development, financing and sale of shopping centers, office buildings, industrial properties and apartment buildings. Prior to that she was an associate with Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, LLP in New York, N.Y., litigating major complex commercial cases in various areas of law including real estate, contract, securities, products liability, antitrust, defamation, civil RICO and conspiracy claims.A native of San Diego, she holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University with a degree in business administration.Since its inception in 2013, CGS3 has quickly established a reputation as one of the leading real estate law firms in Southern California, attracting some of the state's finest real estate attorneys from both large corporate firms and senior in-house positions. With practice areas including land use, finance, acquisition/disposition, hospitality, entity formation, tax, development, leasing, distressed assets and litigation/disputes, CGS3 is located at 12750 High Bluff Drive, Suite 250, San Diego, and 11601 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1600, Los Angeles. For more information, visit http://www.cgs3.com
News Article | May 12, 2017
The International Council of Small Business (ICSB) and the Mission of Argentina to the UN today jointly hosted more than 250 people representing leading academic and business experts, policy makers, and practitioners from around the world at the first-ever Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME’s) Knowledge Summit held at the United Nations. Speakers shared the latest trends and leading edge research, and debated best practices on a wide variety of enterprise-related topics to identify the most effective ways to drive mass entrepreneurship and create the jobs of the future, while achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals aimed at reducing poverty and promoting prosperity. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, opened the program by reading a statement on behalf of UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, who emphasized that, "Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises represent around 90% of global economic activity. They are on the front lines of embracing transformative technologies and new business models." Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director of the International Council of Small Business said his goal around the MSMEs Knowledge Summit was to, “promote action around the recently adopted UN resolution which recognizes the important role SME’s play in promoting sustainable business worldwide. It is important to continue this global movement.” ICSB is a nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that applies the intellectual and technological resources of its members. Country ministers and dignitaries from Argentina, United States Small Business Administration, and Arab Republic of Egypt, came together to define long-term strategies and national policies needed to create the 600 million jobs the World Bank estimates will be needed to fulfil the growing workforce over the next 15 years. They widely recognized that leveling the playing field is vital to job creation and inclusive entrepreneurship must be promoted, particularly support for women owned businesses. MSME’s currently account for up to 45 percent of total employment, and up to 33 percent of national income in emerging economies. HE Mariano Mayer, National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises for Argentina noted that the new Argentine Entrepreneurs Law promotes a regime for simplified companies to constitute an enterprise in 24 hours, fiscal benefits for those who invest in entrepreneurship, loans to launch new projects and mechanisms commonly used worldwide so Argentines may bet on Argentine ideas. “This administration has assumed the responsibility of supporting the Argentines with their ideas because we believe in its potential. As part of the National Productive Plan, we are eliminating obstacles, boosting innovation and improving access to financing for the creation of new companies," said Mayer. Ambassador Martín Garcia Moritán, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN, commented that, "We hope that the establishment of June 27 as the Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day will help to raise public awareness of the important role they have in many areas of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." During the program, Drs. Sargeant and El Tarabishy jointly announced that Facebook will be ICSB’s founding partner for MSMEs International Day. In Argentina, almost half a million small businesses use Facebook to connect to their customers. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator, Linda McMahon, delivered the keynote speech. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to discuss the SBA’s role in helping small businesses launch and thrive. Exporting is an essential component of small business growth, and the SBA is here to help entrepreneurs discover new exporting opportunities, to expand into new markets, and compete in the global economy,” said McMahon. A brief video statement was delivered by Prince Constantijn Van Oranje, The Netherlands, in which he emphasized his hope that, "today's event helps to raise awareness of the relevance of these (MSMEs) firms and their importance in fostering entrepreneurship, because we need more entrepreneurs." Minister “General” Erfan Gamaledin, Arab Republic of Egypt spoke about his country's new national strategy to promote small businesses in order to increase their contribution to GDP from 9% to 25%. Speakers from academia highlighted various ways they are generating supportive pathways for entrepreneurs that ranged from virtual mentoring programs that help level the playing field by removing geography as a barrier to success to teaching an entrepreneurial mindset. “Entrepreneurship is not a new idea. But it is an idea that is newly recognized as a force for positive change at home and around the world. Supporting the entrepreneurial spirit must be a central part of any plan that seeks to empower global citizens and ensure their prosperity,” noted Dr. Leo Chalupa, Vice President for Research, The George Washington University. MSMEs are pursuing international trade to access and supply foreign markets and, while trade growth globally is slowing, digital trade is growing. SMEs participate significantly in these online transactions, with approximately 25% of total online sales and 33% of online purchases being made by these enterprises. The Internet has created new business models and generated the development of some of the world’s most innovative companies that are providing goods and services to consumers in entirely new ways. During the business panel discussion, Michele Bongiovanni, CEO, of for-profit social impact company HealRWorld, presented her firm’s innovative new digital E-commerce and micro-investment community platform currently under development. It will allow sustainable MSMEs to showcase their mission, commitments to sustainable practices, products and services to help drive sales. Ki-Chan Kim, Immediate Past President, ICSB, Korea, further noted that, “ICSB will continue discussions with all stakeholders at the 62nd ICSB World Conference in Buenos Aires starting June 27, the First Annual UN MSME Day, to bring about the transformative change and sustainable economic development through the MSME sector.” Founded in 1955, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. The organization brings together educators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from around the world to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields. The ICSB is a non-profit organization, for more information visit http://www.icsb.org.
News Article | May 22, 2017
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) (NASDAQ:CENTA), a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, today announced the appointment of Nicholas “Niko” Lahanas as Chief Financial Officer. Lahanas has worked at Central Garden & Pet for over ten years, holding a variety of Finance positions within the company. He most recently served as a SVP Finance, Operations Management & Reporting and CFO of Central’s Pet Segment. Formerly he held positions as VP of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, and Director of Business Performance, focusing on business unit profitability. Prior to joining Central, Niko worked in Private Equity and Investment Banking for over eight years. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley. Lahanas will report to President & CEO George Roeth. Roeth commented, “Niko is a proven leader who has been a valuable asset to the organization in helping it evolve and grow over the last ten years. His experience in many financial, strategic and operating aspects of the organization will be invaluable as Central seeks to continue its strong performance in the years ahead.” Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, and THE REBELS®; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and OVER-N-OUT®; and decorative outdoor patio products under the PENNINGTON® brand. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet include: Animal health and the brands ADAMS™ and ZODIAC®; aquatics and reptile and the brands AQUEON®, CORALIFE®, SEGREST and ZILLA®; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, Forti-Diet® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the brands TFH™, NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, IMS™, CADET®, DMC™, K&H Pet Products®, PINNACLE® and AVODERM®; and equine and the brands FARNAM®, HORSE HEALTH™ and VITAFLEX®. We also provide a host of other application-specific pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet Company is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 4,100 employees, primarily in North America. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet Company, including access to the Company's SEC filings, please visit the Company’s website at www.central.com.
News Article | May 17, 2017
Macular edema resulting from central retinal vein occlusion is the second most common retinal vascular disease and can cause vision loss. An estimated 16 million adults worldwide are affected by retinal vein occlusion. The research was sponsored by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The Study of Comparative Treatments for Retinal Vein Occlusion 2 (SCORE2) was presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 9, 2017. According to Dr. VanVeldhuisen, this was the first large-scale study ever conducted to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of these two drugs in patients with central retinal vein occlusion. "I'd like to acknowledge the leadership of Drs. Ingrid Scott, Michael Ip and Barbara Blodi, who led the team in this important research," he said. "It's been an honor to work closely with these outstanding researchers." Dr. Anne Lindblad, president and chief executive officer of Emmes, noted, "We have a long history with the National Eye Institute and are proud of our contributions to ophthalmic research. We look forward to continuing to lead clinical trials that contribute to new, better and less expensive treatment options." About Dr. Paul VanVeldhuisen Dr. VanVeldhuisen joined The Emmes Corporation in 1993 and was Emmes' principal investigator of the Study of Comparative Treatments for Retinal Vein Occlusion 2 (SCORE2) sponsored by the National Eye Institute. He has served as principal investigator for both government and privately funded research projects and has authored or co-authored 70 papers since he joined the company. Dr. Van Veldhuisen was named a vice president in 2006 and was promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer last year. He received the company's Public Health Impact Award in 2013 for his team's research on the safety of cesarean sections. He holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology from The George Washington University, an M.S. in biostatistics from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in mathematics from Calvin College. About Emmes We collaborate with our clients to produce valued, trusted scientific research. Our team members at Emmes are passionate about making a difference in the quality of human health, and we have supported more than a thousand studies across a diverse range of diseases since our formation in 1977. Our research is contributing to a healthier world. For more information, visit www.emmes.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/emmes-recognized-in-eye-disease-research-published-by-the-journal-of-the-american-medical-association-300458651.html
News Article | May 22, 2017
Hammelman, previously Hawthorn's Chief Client Officer, is one of the original partners that established the independently-owned firm in 1991. She has created and managed numerous successful multi-state issue advocacy campaigns and is a recognized expert on highly-targeted, cost-effective grassroots programs. "I am privileged and excited to assume my new position at Hawthorn and greatly appreciate the trust and confidence that John has in me," Hammelman said. "John has put together an incredibly talented and committed team of professionals dedicated to our clients' success. I see this as an opportunity to enhance our renowned client service while continuing to grow the business," Hammelman added. Before joining Hawthorn, Hammelman headed her own public affairs firm, served as political director for the National Association of Homebuilders and earlier worked in the U.S. Senate. An Indiana native, Hammelman graduated from The George Washington University. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-hawthorn-group-names-suzanne-hammelman-president-and-chief-operating-officer-300461344.html
News Article | May 17, 2017
Solomon Hess Capital Management (“Solomon Hess”), an alternative asset manager specializing in community development investing, announced today that Laurie Webster and Sonya Sbar have joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, respectively. These hires are aligned with Solomon Hess’ strategic intent to extend its breadth in impact and responsible investing. Ms. Webster, as Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for enhancing operational controls, procedures and systems to enable the sustainable growth of existing and future funds. Ms. Webster comes to Solomon Hess from Calvert Investments, where she was Vice President of Operations and Indexing and the lead Portfolio Manager for the Responsible Index product line. Prior to that, Ms. Webster was a Fixed Income Portfolio manager at E*Trade, Calvert Investments and Payden and Rygel. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Colorado and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Ms. Sbar, as Chief Strategy Officer, is responsible for developing and implementing the long-term growth strategy for the firm and building relations in the impact investing community. Ms. Sbar also comes to Solomon Hess from Calvert Investments, where she was Vice President for Client Support and Product Positioning and led their product management and client support teams. Prior to that, Ms. Sbar was a Group Manager for Business Integration at Capital One and a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers management consulting group. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration Degree in International Business from The George Washington University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. “We are excited that both Ms. Webster and Ms. Sbar agreed to join our team,” said Bill Einstein, Co-CEO and Managing Director of Solomon Hess. “Along with extensive experience and track records of managing investments, they bring strong industry relationships and innovation to their roles. Solomon Hess is well-positioned to become a leader in impact and responsible investing.” Solomon Hess is an alternative asset management company that creates value for investors through community and economic-development funds. Since inception in 2004, Solomon Hess has invested over $1.7 billion across 10 investment vehicles. The firm’s flagship fund is the Solomon Hess SBA Loan Fund which provides bank investors with Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) eligible investments for community development. Solomon Hess has expertise in the acquisition of Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) program loans and associated servicing assets, such as Interest Only Strips, in the secondary market. Strategies are available through private funds, sub-advisory services and separate accounts. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, Solomon Hess managed assets of $639 million on behalf of over 150 institutional and accredited individual investors as of March 31, 2017. More information is available at www.SolomonHess.com.
News Article | May 1, 2017
"With digital DIY inspiration, a broadened range of product offerings and accessibility to high-end vendors there is a unique opportunity for one to flex their own design capabilities without the trained eye of an interior designer. twelvehome was born when Paige and I observed there was a lack of knowledge with balancing color, layering textures and practically fabricating for these self-designers. The room offerings of twelvehome give you the essentials for a beautifully layered, unique room and allows you to visualize the end product and effortlessly implement your personal style." - Christi Rogers, Co-Founder Well-versed in the design world, twelvehome is the creative notion of interior designer Christi Rogers and marketing expert Paige Kramer. Christi's vast creative experience with her own design firm paired with Kramer's family background in the furniture industry, brings a new approach to designing interior spaces. twelvehome, the name which derives from 12th Street in New York City where both Christi and Paige once lived, is a creative collaboration of the duo and is breaking down the walls of the exclusive design world and making high-end, designer living accessible to all. "When designing a space there is an emotional element within the conceptual process, creating an environment that will live in one's home. Christi and I are drawn to designs that have character and depth when shopping the fabric market and work towards creating concepts that are adaptable to personal style. A light, delicate twelvehome palette can be paired with a punchy limited edition print to juxtapose the softness of the space and infuse an individual attitude." - Paige Kramer, Co-Founder twelvehome is a direct to consumer brand with each pre-designed room scheme available in numerous offerings, including full-room options and multiple sizes in soft goods. Essential room packages start at $1,749.00 and individual items start at $89.00 for a pillow up to $3,725.00 for a bespoke rug. twelvehome offers shipping within the continental US. For all press inquiries and image requests: Travis Paul Martin | email@example.com | 312.635.8222 Jess Gamblin | firstname.lastname@example.org | 312.635.8226 Christi Rogers has spent her career designing luxurious interiors for her clients. Through her time living in Prague and London and her extensive travels throughout Europe, Christi developed a curiosity and appreciation for interiors around the world. Christi received a degree in Interior Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and after completing the program landed a position with world-renowned interior designer Jamie Drake. There Christi managed over 25 projects ranging from the Showtime Metropolitan Home Show homes to resort villas in Aruba and gained experience in a vast array of areas from product and furniture design to tabletop styling. In 2009, Christi founded CRD Associates, where she creates residential and commercial interiors. In addition to her design degree, Christi also holds a degree in International Business and Finance from Loyola University New Orleans. Paige Kramer was born into the furniture industry. Paige's family owns one of Florida's oldest and most well respected home furnishings businesses. Having spent each summer working in the family business, she developed a deep love and appreciation for home furnishings and design. Through the construction of her family's homes in New York City and The Hamptons, she met interior designer Christi Rogers and the idea for twelvehome was born. Prior to co-founding twelvehome, Paige spent ten years with The Commissioner's Office of Major League Baseball handling entertainment and lifestyle public relations. In addition to twelvehome, Paige spends time volunteering with an educational and arts mentoring program for underserved children in New York City. Paige holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art History and Fine Art from The George Washington University. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/introducing-a-new-approach-to-home-interior-design-from-start-to-style-300448620.html
News Article | May 4, 2017
There has been a notable increase in overall rates of MDE among all adolescents. According to NSDUH data, MDE among adolescents increased from 8.8 percent in 2005 to 12.5 percent in 2015. Adolescents who had an MDE experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities for a period of two weeks or longer in the past 12 months and had at least some additional symptoms, such as problems with sleep, eating, and lack of energy. "These data illustrate the importance of partnerships between primary health care providers, behavioral health providers, and the youth and families they serve to effectively address all of the needs of youth," said SAMHSA Medical Director Anita Everett, M.D. The good news is that SAMHSA has effective programs to address these issues. For example, SAMHSA's Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families program, commonly called the Children's Mental Health Initiative, addresses the needs of adolescents with mental disorders. In addition, SAMHSA's Wellness Initiative promotes wellness for people with mental and/or substance use disorders with the goal of improving quality of life, health, and longevity. The SAMHSA report is released in recognition of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day). Awareness Day 2017, "Partnering for Help and Hope," focuses on the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth, and young adults with mental and/or substance use disorders. Access the complete SAMHSA report here and one-page "Spotlights," on diabetes and asthma here. More than 1,100 communities and 160 national collaborating organizations and federal partners participate in community events, educational programs, health fairs, art exhibits, and social networking campaigns in observance of Awareness Day. Each year, an event in Washington, DC, complements these local activities. The 2017 event takes place tonight at 7 p.m., EDT, at The George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs' Jack Morton Auditorium. For more information about Awareness Day or to view the live webcast of the event, visit www.samhsa.gov/children. Follow the hashtag #HeroesofHope to join the conversation about Awareness Day 2017. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/depression-more-common-among-adolescents-with-health-conditions-300451569.html
News Article | May 1, 2017
MindRocket Media Group announced today the addition of Ross Romano, formerly of ASCD, to the MindRocket team as Managing Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Romano will be a key figure in MindRocket’s work as the PR agency of record for the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), and his knowledge and expertise will enhance the communications support MindRocket can deliver for each of its clients. Based in Arlington, Va., Romano will further anchor MindRocket’s presence in the nation’s capitol. “I am thrilled to join the talented team at MindRocket Media Group and step into this new role at a defining moment for the company,” said Romano. “In just a few short years, MindRocket has earned industry credibility by consistently delivering quality thought leadership, and I’m confident that even greater things lie just ahead. I’m excited to collaborate with my colleagues and begin developing plans for the next stage of success.” Dr. Rod Berger, CEO of MindRocket Media Group, said of the hire: “Adding Ross to the MindRocket team is the latest exciting indicator of our explosive growth, as well as our commitment to providing unmatched expertise to each of our valued partners. Ross’s experience and connections in the education and EdTech industries will add new capabilities to the skilled and dedicated MindRocket Media Group team.” In his time with ASCD, most recently as Senior Publicist, Romano spearheaded the association’s media relations efforts and designed publicity campaigns across traditional and social media to promote the work of leading education authors, innovators, and thought leaders, as well as ASCD’s conferences and events. His efforts increased the public profile of the association’s programs and personalities and contributed to his unit’s recognition as the best small communications team by Ragan and PR Daily in 2014 and as a top Social Media-Savvy Association by Association Trends in 2015. "Ross Romano is an outstanding addition to the MindRocket team," said Dr. Peter DeWitt, a leading education author and consultant. DeWitt, who also writes the Finding Common Ground blog for Education Week, added, "I have worked with Ross over the last four years and he has an outstanding presence in person, as well as a great deal of credibility and respect in the field of education. I look forward to seeing what he does with MindRocket Media Group." Romano improved the ways in which ASCD connected with its educator audience by implementing best practices for engagement and expanding to new platforms. In partnership with BAM! Radio Network, he created and developed ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio, a popular weekly podcast hosted by award-winning educators and featuring ASCD’s industry-leading authors and experts as guests. "I'm delighted to hear that Ross Romano will be joining MindRocket Media Group," said Errol St. Clair Smith, CEO of BAM! Radio Network. "Ross brings a strong and diverse skill set to the company. Over the last four years, we've been impressed with the way he leverages his expertise and experience in PR, new media, community building, and content development into powerful experiences for educators. We look forward to seeing how his vision and creativity will impact the trajectory of MindRocket." Prior to entering the education industry, Romano worked in the sports industry, including roles in both communications and baseball operations within Major League Baseball. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University.
News Article | May 3, 2017
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Jennifer R. Boykin to serve as executive vice president of HII and president of HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, effective July 1. She will succeed Matt Mulherin, who announced that he will retire on Aug. 1 after a 36-year career at Newport News Shipbuilding. Mulherin was named Newport News Shipbuilding’s president in 2011 and is responsible for all engineering, operations and programs at the division, including the most complex ships in the world: nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. Prior to this position, Mulherin served as sector vice president and general manager of site operations for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding – Newport News. He began his career at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1981 as a nuclear test engineer. Since then, he held increasingly responsible positions, including nuclear project manager for Los Angeles-class submarines, director of facilities, director of nuclear engineering and refueling, and director of carrier refueling and overhaul construction. He also served as director and vice president for the next generation of aircraft carriers, the Gerald R. Ford class, and as vice president of all programs, including shipbuilding and repair, Department of Energy, and commercial energy. Mulherin graduated from Virginia Tech in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. “Matt has touched every product built by Newport News Shipbuilding during his very successful tenure,” said HII President and CEO Mike Petters. “He has been a part of seven aircraft carrier deliveries and will soon add one more, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), to the list. Matt’s leadership in the design, construction and testing of this first-in-class carrier, with myriad new technologies, has been critical to the success of this program. While the delivery of ships has been a large part of his responsibility and legacy, I believe Matt will be most remembered for his open and engaging style of leadership. It’s obvious that he cares deeply for the shipbuilders at Newport News. HII would not be the successful company it is today if it were not for Matt’s leadership during the spin-off six years ago and since that time.” After Mulherin steps down as Newport News Shipbuilding president, he will assist with the transition and continue to report to Petters until his retirement. Boykin, who will report to Petters effective July 1, currently serves as vice president, engineering and design for Newport News Shipbuilding. Named to this position in 2012, she is responsible for all ship design, planning yard and topside construction and test engineering. “Jennifer is an experienced and well-respected leader in our industry,” Petters said. “Her style is collaborative, and she is adept at building strong teams that work well together to deliver exceptional results. Her deep understanding of all levels of our business will help create great value for our customers. Jennifer has demonstrated the leadership skills and strategic vision to lead the Newport News Shipbuilding team to success, and I look forward to her joining my team, and I know Newport News Shipbuilding will be in capable hands.” Boykin’s shipbuilding career began in 1987 when she joined Newport News Shipbuilding in the nuclear engineering division. She has held progressively responsible positions, including director, facilities and waterfront support; program manager, nuclear engineering division; construction superintendent for the aircraft carrier program during construction of the USS John C. Stennis and USS Harry S. Truman; sector vice president, process excellence; and vice president, mission and quality assurance. A native of St. Louis, Boykin earned a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a master’s degree in engineering management from The George Washington University. Boykin is a founding member of the Women’s Initiative Network at Old Dominion University (ODU) and serves as vice chair of the Blueprint Virginia Steering Committee. She is also chair of the Executive Control Board for the National Shipbuilding Research Program and is a member of the LEAD Virginia Board of Directors and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering Foundation Board. She has also served on boards for the American Red Cross and YMCA and on engineering advisory boards for both ODU and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Photos accompanying this release are available at: http://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/releases/nns-leadership-matt-mulherin-jennifer-boykin. 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 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. 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