Brian Fields


Brian Fields is vice president of Enterprise (CVN 80) and Doris Miller (CVN 81) Aircraft Carrier Programs for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2021, Fields is responsible for the engineering, planning and advanced construction of the third and fourth ships of the Ford-class.

Fields began his shipbuilding career as an engineer in the Los Angeles-class submarine program. Since then, he has served in positions of increasing responsibility including several engineering leadership roles and director of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Aircraft Carrier Construction Program, where he was responsible for managing ship design, manufacturing and construction efforts. In 2011, he was promoted to vice president of Supply Chain Management. In 2015, he assumed responsibility as vice president of Integrated Planning and Production Control and was responsible for all direct planning, supply chain planning and production control functions across the organization. Prior to his current appointment, Fields served as vice president of Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and was responsible for leading the stand-up of the company’s digital transformation.

He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary. Fields is active in the community, serving on the board of directors for the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and coaches in local youth sports leagues.

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