Northrop Grumman Names Four Vice Presidents to its Information Systems Sector

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Tom Afferton, Northrop Grumman

Tom Afferton, Northrop Grumman

Earlier this month, McLean-based Northrop Grumman Corporation (Northrop Grumman) named four new vice presidents in its Information Systems sector. Bobby Lentz is the new sector vice president, Strategy; Tom Afferton is the new vice president, Operations, Civil division; Jay Grove is the new vice president, Business Development, Communications division; and Michael King is the new vice president, Business Development, Civil division.

All four men have served as VPs within Northrop Grumman; however, these new appointments signify a change in roles. In their new roles, the four appointees plan to further Northrop Grumman’s mission of providing systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, as well as logistics and modernization to federal government and commercial customers.

Lentz reports to Kathy Warden, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Information Systems. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace and government contracting industry, previously serving as director of Strategy for the Defense Systems division. In his new role, he focuses on defining the strategy of the Information Systems sector, furthering its growth and helping it to meet performance goals. He also leads portfolio management and strategic planning and drives strategic initiatives, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and special projects.

Afferton reports to Ed Sturms, the vice president and general manager of the Civil division. Previously, he honed his expertise in global strategy, technology, engineering and program management in his role as director, Public Safety Solutions within the Cyber Solutions division. Now he is leading and optimizing internal operations to meet long- and short- term strategic objectives.

Grove, who reports to Jeannie Hilger, vice president and general manager of the Communications division, most recently led the Avionics and Tactical Networks operating unit for the Defense Systems division. In his new role, Grove is leading customer-focused engagement initiatives as well as capturing new business to achieve growth objectives, supporting global defense customer missions.

King will report to Sturms as well, and he comes from the position of director, Strategy and Initiatives for the Cyber Solutions division. Now he is responsible for managing strong customer relationships and driving profitable growth through the execution of a business development strategy.

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