Jim McIngvale

Director, Communications and Public Affairs

Jim is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs, for Ingalls Shipbuilding. Named to this position in August 2016; Jim and his team are responsible for the messaging and image of Ingalls Shipbuilding, both inside the shipyard and in the communities that our fellow shipbuilders and their families call “home.” It manages all internal communications programs and initiatives, and coordinates external communications programs and initiatives with HII Corporate Communications. It also manages audiovisual services, as well as all special events for our portfolio of shipbuilding and employee programs. In addition, the organization leads and supports the Company’s relationships with state, local and regional governmental bodies, its interface with community-based organizations, and its partnerships with regional business committees, councils and economic /community development organizations. It also supports HII Corporate-level government affairs programs.

Jim has been associated with the field of public, governmental and community affairs for more than three decades. He joined Ingalls in 1977 as a photographer, and has advanced through positions of increasing responsibility.

Since 2011, Jim directed the company’s government & community affairs organization. Prior to HII’s spin-off, he was responsible for similar duties within Northrop Grumman, and was previously director of communications for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast.

Active in Mississippi civic and community affairs, McIngvale will be named chairman of the board of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association in October. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Mississippi Economic Council. He represents Jackson County as a member of the Board of Trustees of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In 2012, McIngvale was appointed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant as a commissioner of GoCoast 2020, charged with defining how key priorities and leveraged resources can help overcome challenges faced by the Coast in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is co-chair of the Workforce GoTeam. He serves as vice president of the board of directors of the MS World Trade Center. He is a past chairman of both the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation and is currently vice-chair of the Mississippi Military Communities Council.

Following 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, Jim was actively involved with Federal, State and Local agencies and contractors, assisting in housing and aid programs for his neighbors and fellow shipyard workers in Mississippi. He was a member of the Defense / Industrial Committee of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding & Renewal.

A founding member of The Mississippi Military Communities Council (MMCC), he served as the organization’s chairman from 1996-2004, and currently serves as the organization’s vice-chair and senior civilian member. MMCC was created by Gubernatorial Executive Order to advise executive and legislative officials on issues relating to growth and development of the various military installations and facilities in communities across the State.

Jim is a native of Batesville, MS, and is a 1976 graduate of The University of Mississippi. He resides in Pascagoula with his wife, Nancy. Their daughter, Brooke, works in Washington, DC, as marketing manager for the publishing company MediaDC.

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