updated 4/8/2011 10:17:02 AM ET 2011-04-08T14:17:02

LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has appointed Judy Perry Martinez vice president and chief compliance officer, effective April 9. Martinez reports to Sheila C. Cheston, corporate vice president and general counsel.

Judy Perry Martinez
Judy Perry Martinez, Northrop Grumman vice president and chief compliance officer

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"Judy Perry Martinez will provide outstanding leadership for our company's comprehensive corporate-wide compliance program," Cheston said. "Her experience managing numerous cases in federal and state courts and with various outside audit agencies will be invaluable in her new role. In addition, as a member of Northrop Grumman's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council, Judy has been instrumental in fostering broader diversity within the company and throughout the legal community."   

In her new role, Martinez will serve as the central focal point for compliance across Northrop Grumman, ensuring that all areas of compliance are appropriately identified and addressed. She will chair a company-wide compliance council and provide advice on compliance matters to the senior management and the Board of Director's Audit Committee.

At Northrop Grumman, Martinez served most recently as assistant general –counsel – litigation. Prior to that, she held positions as senior corporate counsel, and senior counsel – litigation. She joined the company in 2003.

As a contributor and leader in the community, Martinez has held numerous senior positions in professional and public service organizations. In 2009, she was appointed to serve as the American Bar Association's (ABA) alternate representative to the United Nations and representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Martinez has served on the ABA's Board of Governors and the Board's executive committee. She also chaired the ABA's 174,000-member Young Lawyers Division and is a former chair of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project.   

Before moving to Northrop Grumman, Martinez was a partner and member of the governing committee at the law firm of Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP in New Orleans. She served there as a commercial litigator for 21 years. Her responsibilities included employment and environmental matters, products and premises liability, director and officer liability, fidelity claims, oil and gas litigation, and contractual disputes.

Martinez earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Orleans and a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School.  She is a former instructor of Trial Advocacy at Tulane University Law School.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 75,000 employees provide innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please go to www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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