Huntington Ingalls Industries Board Chair to Retire 

Kirkland H. Donald

Kirkland H. Donald

Retired Navy Adm. Thomas Fargo will retire from his role as chair of the board of directors at Huntington Ingalls Industries after the next annual meeting April 28. Kirkland Donald, also a retired Navy admiral, will be the new chairman. 

Fargo has been the firm’s chair since March 2011. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served in the Navy for 35 years. In his last military assignment, Fargo served as commander of U.S. Pacific Command from May 2002 until his retirement from the Navy in March 2005. 

Fargo is a director and member of the Audit Committee of Matson, Inc. and serves on the boards of directors, as chair of the compensation committees and as a member of the nominating and corporate governance committees of The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. and Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. 

Donald also is a Naval Academy graduate, with 37 years’ service in the Navy. He retired 2013 as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, where he was responsible for the safe and effective operation of the service’s nuclear-powered warships. He previously served as commander of Naval Submarine Forces; commander of Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; commander of Allied Submarine Command; and commander of Task Forces 84 and 144. 

After retiring from the Navy, he joined Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. and served as chief operating officer and then as CEO. 

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