Northrop Grumman Corporation has named Ronald D. Sugar
, president and chief operating officer chairman and chief executive officer. Dr. Sugar was elected to Northrop Grumman's board of directors last April.
Kent Kresa, chairman and CEO, stated, "With our recent acquisition of Litton Industries
, Northrop Grumman is now a $15 billion top-tier global enterprise with 80,000 employees. Ron's appointment provides our company with additional management depth, experience and expertise at an important time in our company's history. This strengthened corporate management structure will support and complement the outstanding leadership we have in place at our five sectors."
For the past 11 years, Kresa has held the position of chairman, president and chief executive officer, leading Northrop Grumman in its transition from primarily an aircraft company to a leading defense electronics, information technology, systems integration, ship systems and component technologies enterprise.
Northrop Gruman also announced that effective immediately it has also established an Office of the Chairman, which will consist of the corporation's chairman and chief executive officer and the president and chief operating officer. The Office of the Chairman will be responsible for the total operations of the corporation.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Dr. Sugar was president and chief operating officer of Litton Industries and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Litton, he was president and chief operating officer of TRW Aerospace and Information Systems and a member of the three-man Chief Executive Office of TRW Inc., a $17 billion global automotive, aerospace and information systems company. In his nearly 20 years with TRW, Dr. Sugar also served as chief financial officer of the corporation and as executive vice president and general manager of TRW's global automotive electronics business.
Dr. Sugar was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He is a trustee of the National Defense Industrial Association, and has served on the board of governors of the Aerospace Industries Association and on the Conference Board Council of Operating Executives.