updated 1/18/2011 10:17:14 AM ET 2011-01-18T15:17:14

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Karen Williams vice president and general manager of the Defense Technologies Division, one of four divisions within its Information Systems sector. The sector recently realigned its defense business to form the Defense Technologies Division, focused on end-to-end support systems and services for defense customers.

Karen A. Williams, vice president and general manager, Defense Technologies Division, Northrop Grumman Corporation




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Williams reports to Linda A. Mills, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Information Systems. She brings to the position an extensive background in the defense market having lead responsibility in the areas of finance, customer relations and business development.

In this new role, Williams has executive leadership over enterprise solutions and business operations in areas such as global command, control and communications; enterprise infrastructure; cybersecurity and identity management; and business transformation.

"Karen is a superb and experienced executive who has honed her skills over many years of service to our customer community in the defense, civil and other markets," Mills said. "She brings agility, deep customer relationships and financial acumen to help us continue to innovate, grow and expand in the defense markets and continue Northrop Grumman's rich heritage of customer mission success."

Key initiatives of the Defense Technologies Division include solutions for air, space and missile defense systems that integrate legacy, new and future sensors and shooters; information technology (IT) solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense in enterprise IT infrastructure services, cybersecurity, enterprise applications and mission support; intelligence and cyber solutions, combat systems integration, decision support systems and fleet support for the intelligence and operational communities; and products and services for military, federal and international customers within the identity management, travel, human capital and public safety mission areas.

Previously, Williams was vice president for Air and Missile Defense Systems where she directed and integrated all Information Systems programs in support of air and missile defense missions. Earlier, Williams was vice president of the company's Mission Support Systems operating unit.

Williams earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware and a master's degree in procurement and acquisition management from Kogod School of Business at American University, Washington, D.C.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

CONTACT: Christy Whitman
         Northrop Grumman Information Systems
         (571) 213-5302
         christine.whitman@ngc.com

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