Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems announced that Thomas M. Kitchen will retire later this month as president of the sector's Avondale Operations. Mr. Kitchen, 54, started his career with Avondale in 1977 as assistant controller and was named president in late 1999. Dr. Philip A. Dur, president of Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector, noted Mr. Kitchen's numerous contributions to the company and his many years of service to Avondale. "Tom's contributions to the transition of the Ship Systems organization have been important in our future success," Dr. Dur said.
Dr. Dur said a successor to Mr. Kitchen will be named soon. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, headquartered in Pascagoula, Miss., includes the Ingalls Operations and the Ship Systems Full Service Center
, both located in Pascagoula, as well as the Avondale Operations, located in New Orleans and Tallulah, La., and Gulfport, Miss.