George R. Yount, sector vice president of ship construction
for Northrop Grumman's Ship
Systems sector, was honored by the U.S. Port of New Orleans Propeller Club as the 2006 Maritime Person of the Year. Jacqueline K. Tonguis, club president, presented the award to Yount. Given annually, the award is presented to a person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in furthering and promoting the maritime industry. Yount is the 47th Maritime Person of the Year for this organization.
George R. Yount, sector vice president of ship construction for Northrop Grumman Corporation was honored by the U.S. Port of New Orleans Propeller Club as the
2006 Maritime Person of the Year. The award is presented annually to a
person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in furthering and
promoting the maritime industry. Nominations are collected from past
presidents and then a vote determines the winner.
"I'm honored to be considered part of the maritime industry,
which I think has enormous value to this nation," said Yount. "We could
not have evolved without the strength of the maritime industry. It's an
honorable profession that we're all in and I'm proud to accept this
award on behalf of the men and women working at Northrop Grumman Ship
The award was bestowed in conjunction with National Maritime
Day, during a ceremony celebrating the club's 73rd anniversary.
Propeller Club president Jacqueline K. Tonguis made the presentation to
Yount, the 47th Maritime Person of the Year.
Yount joined Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector in January
2002. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Yount completed a 30-year
career of service to the nation as a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. He
was commissioned into the Navy following graduation from the University
of Wisconsin, Stout with a degree in industrial education. He later
received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval
Postgraduate School. He received the 1996 Distinguished Alumni award
from University of Wisconsin, Stout, is a member of Sigma Xi, and a
life member of the American Society of Naval Engineers. His military
awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit
with two gold stars, Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars,
Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, and Combat V.
His naval career included service on both surface ships
submarines with operational assignments on four ships. More than 25
years of his career was spent as a naval engineer with assignments in
five different shipyards and two repair activities.