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Ingalls names McIngvale head of communications, public affairs

Jim McIngvale has been named director of communications and public affairs at Ingalls Shipbuilding.
Jim McIngvale has been named director of communications and public affairs at Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Huntington Ingalls Industries has named Jim McIngvale the director of communications and public affairs at the Ingalls Shipbuilding division.

McIngvale is a 39-year Ingalls veteran.

Ingalls has combined its communications and government and community affairs department into a single organization.

“The new department will be responsible for Ingalls’ brand and image, both inside the shipyard and in the community. It will manage all internal communications programs, special events and audiovisual services and will coordinate external communications and media initiatives with HII corporate communications,” the company explained in a press release this week.

At Ingalls, McIngvale has held many roles in communications and government and community relations.

“For the past 39 years, he has proven to be a valuable asset to the Ingalls team. His knowledge of the field and experience here will make this a seamless integration of the team,” said Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. “Jim has established a strong reputation of professionalism and efficiency.”

At Ingalls, McIngvale has been a photographer, senior communications editor, director of public relations and advertising, director of communications and special events, and, for the past several years, director of government and community affairs.

He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from the University of Mississippi.

McIngvale serves as vice president of the board of directors of the Mississippi World Trade Center. He is on the board of governors of the Mississippi Economic Council and represents Jackson County on the board of trustees of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

McIngvale is soon to be named chairman of the board of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association.

He served on the governor’s Go Coast 2020 after the BP oil spill and on various local economic development boards.

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