Northrop Grumman Corporation confirmed that President George W. Bush has announced his intent to
nominate Donald C. Winter, 57, to become Secretary of the Navy. Winter currently serves as corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector, a position he has held since January 2000.
Given the time demands of the confirmation process and to avoid any
perception of conflict of interest, Winter will step down immediately from his
current position. Until the hearings are concluded, he will report to Ronald
D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman's chairman, chief executive officer and president,
as an executive advisor to the CEO's office.
The company also announced that Jerry Agee, 62, deputy sector president of
Mission Systems, will serve as acting sector president. Agee, an 18-year
veteran of the company, has served as deputy sector president of Mission
Systems since July 2004. He joined the company in 1987 following a
distinguished career in the U.S. Navy. The Mission Systems sector generated
2004 revenues of $5 billion and employs 18,000 people.
"This announcement from the White House is a well-deserved honor for Don,
and is testimony to his respect in both the military and intelligence
communities," Sugar said. "If Don is confirmed, the expertise he has acquired
during a 35-year career devoted to developing defense systems and supporting
our military services will serve our nation very well."
Winter is a 30-year veteran of Northrop Grumman, and has also held senior
systems engineering and program management positions for a variety of space
system programs. He joined TRW Inc. in 1972 and was president and CEO of TRW
Systems when Northrop Grumman acquired
TRW in December 2002. From 1980 to
1982, Winter served as program manager for space acquisition, tracking, and
pointing programs at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He
was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.
Winter earned a bachelor's degree (with highest distinction) in physics
from the University of Rochester. He received a master's degree and a
doctorate in physics from the University of Michigan.