News | February 28, 2005

Northrop Grumman Restructures Electronic Systems Businesses

Baltimore -- Northrop Grumman has announced several organizational changes and associated executive-level appointments within its Electronic Systems sector. The company hopes the changes will better position the sector for future business opportunities.

"This reorganization will enable us to better focus sector resources on targeted business growth areas, while maximizing the use of executive leadership strengths, especially in such areas as military intelligence, space sensors, naval and marine systems and process and program management," said Robert P. Iorizzo, president of the Electronic Systems sector.

Those appointed include:

  • George W. Perkins, sector VP, Business Operations and Global Solutions;
  • Taylor W. Lawrence, sector VP and general manager, C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) Systems Division;
  • John V. DeMaso, sector VP and general manager, Naval & Marine Systems Division;
  • Robert W. DuBeau, sector VP and general manager, Systems Development & Technology Division;
  • James L. Cameron, sector VP and divisions general manager, Defensive and Navigation Systems Divisions;
  • John C. Johnson, VP, Combat Avionics Systems;
  • Charles J. Brinkman, VP, Surveillance & Remote Sensing; and
  • Thomas F. Kline, sector director, Quality Assurance.

George W. Perkins, in the newly created position of sector VP, Business Operations and Global Solutions, will be responsible for capital resources, facilities, and security as well as safety and environmental compliance. He will also continue to have executive oversight for the Global Solutions (formerly Airspace Management Systems) business unit. He had been VP and general manager of the former C4ISR and Naval Systems Division, which is being divided into two divisions.

Perkins joined Northrop Grumman in 1997 following a distinguished 26-year career with the U.S. Navy and private industry. He earned a bachelor's degree in management from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Taylor W. Lawrence, as sector VP and general manager of the newly formed C4ISR Systems Division, will be responsible for helping accelerate the sector's business growth in the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance business areas. In addition, he will chair the sector's newly formed Intelligence Program Council. He is formerly VP and general manager of the Systems Development and Technology Division.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 1999, Lawrence served as staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and earlier served as deputy director of the information systems office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He previously was engaged in various research activities at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and NASA's Office of Exploration. He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology and master's and doctorate degrees in applied physics from Stanford University.

John V. DeMaso, as sector VP and general manager of the new Naval & Marine Systems Division, will be responsible for all programs and business objectives associated with those sector businesses located in Charlottesville, VA; Sunnyvale, CA; Annapolis, MD; Ocean Springs, MS; and New Malden, UK. He is formerly president of the company's Charlottesville-based Sperry Marine business unit.

With more than 30 years of executive management experience in the naval and marine technology industry, DeMaso previously served as VP of marketing, sales and service and executive VP of operations at Sperry Marine. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Robert W. DuBeau, as sector VP and general manager of the Systems Development & Technology Division, will be responsible for leading the product teams responsible for advanced and applied research and development and systems development activities across a broad range of program areas, including tactical and surveillance radars, electronic warfare, infrared countermeasures, intelligence systems, navigation, missile warning, automatic target cueing and recognition, exploitation, and communications. He will also have executive responsibility for the Advanced Technology Center in Baltimore, which is focused on developing the sector's future technology discriminators.

DuBeau joined Northrop Grumman in 1989 as a program manager, following a distinguished 20-year aviation career in the U.S. Navy. He most recently served as VP of the Combat Avionics Systems business unit. A graduate of Monmouth College with a bachelor's degree in business administration, DuBeau earned a master's degree in aeronautical engineering at the U.S. Naval Post-Graduate School. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

James L. Cameron, as sector VP and divisions general manager of the newly combined Defensive and Navigation Systems Divisions, will be responsible for all programs and business objectives associated with both the defensive systems and navigation systems business areas, with major facilities in Rolling Meadows, IL; Woodland Hills and San Jose, CA; Salt Lake City; Apopka, FL; Buffalo, NY; Boston; Pomezia, Italy; and Freiberg and Heidelberg, Germany.

In addition, he has assumed executive management responsibility for two former Component Technologies sector businesses. They are: Wallingford, CT-based Winchester Electronics, a designer and manufacturer of a wide variety of electronic connector products for the telecommunications, defense, industrial and medical equipment markets, with additional operations in Penang, Malaysia; Nogalas, Mexico; and Suzhou and Panyu, China. Also, Springfield, MO-based Interconnect Technologies, a supplier of high-performance backplane interconnect solutions for the network and wireless infrastructure, defense, and electronic data processing industries, with other facilities in San Jose, CA; Glenrothes, UK; and Suzhou, China.

Formerly VP and general manager of the Defensive Systems Division, Cameron joined Northrop Grumman in 2003. He previously served in several executive positions at ITT Industries, Lockheed Martin and Litton Industries and also worked in the Pentagon Office of the Secretary of Defense. Cameron earned bachelor's and master's degrees in national security administration from the University of Southern California.

John C. Johnson, as VP of Combat Avionics Systems, will have executive responsibility for avionics systems program operations including the F/A-22, F-35, B-1B, and C-130 radar programs, electro-optical sensors and systems, and other avionics-related activities.

He joined the company in 1989 as a marketing manager following a distinguished 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force. He has held a number of executive positions in the business development and systems development and technology organizations. He most recently served as VP, Sector Advanced Development Programs. He earned a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and has also attended the Harvard Business School's General Manager Program.

Charles J. Brinkman, as VP, Surveillance & Remote Sensing, will be responsible for all space sensor operations -- with the exception of the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) High program -- at company facilities in Baltimore; Azusa, CA; and Aurora, Boulder, and Colorado Springs, CO.

He joined the company in 1982 and has held numerous management positions in the aerospace systems, systems development and technology, and space sensors organizations. Brinkman most recently served as director of surveillance and remote sensing. Brinkman earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

Thomas F. Kline, as sector director of Quality Assurance, will continue to have executive responsibility for ensuring the quality of all sector systems and products, reporting directly to the sector president. He formerly reported to the engineering and manufacturing organization.

Kline joined the company in 1972 as a quality engineer and has held a variety of management positions of increasing responsibility including inspection supervisor, supervisory engineer and program quality manager. He was named a division quality assurance manager in 1986 and assumed his current position in 2000. He earned a bachelor's degree in pre-engineering from Illinois College and a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois.

Source: Northrop Grumman