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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kellye Walker, corporate vice president and general counsel at Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII), was selected for membership on the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a membership organization for the development of global black leaders.

The ELC comprises more than 600 current and former black CEOs, board members and senior executives of Fortune 1,000 and Global 500 companies and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms. Its members work to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowers global black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and the global communities they serve.

“Congratulations to Kellye on this special distinction,” said Mike Petters, HII’s president and CEO. “Her selection to membership in the Executive Leadership Council is a credit to her as a thoughtful and insightful leader. While I know her participation in this organization will be individually fulfilling for her, I believe HII will also benefit and be a better company for it.”

ELC members benefit from formal and informal networking and executive development opportunities and can participate in the ELC’s programs and initiatives, including the CEO Summit and the Women’s Leadership Forum.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kellye to the Executive Leadership Council as we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year,” said Ronald C. Parker, president and CEO of the ELC. “She is now a member and active participant in an organization dedicated to increasing the representation of black leaders in a global, inclusive and multicultural business environment and reflects the value Huntington Ingalls Industries places on leadership in diversity and inclusion.”

Walker joined HII as corporate vice president and general counsel in January 2015. Prior to this role, Walker held the roles of chief administrative officer, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at American Water Works Co., the country’s largest investor-owned water and wastewater facility. She previously served as senior vice president and general counsel at Diageo North America and as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for BJ’s Wholesale Club.

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Kellye Walker is HII’s corporate vice president and general counsel. HII photo

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering 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 36,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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