updated 4/22/2011 3:17:19 PM ET 2011-04-22T19:17:19

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., April 22, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has appointed Scott P. Willoughby vice president of the James Webb Space Telescope program, effective April 23. In this position, Willoughby is responsible for execution of the current program of record. As the Webb telescope's prime contractor, Northrop Grumman leads the design and development effort for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Scott P. Willoughby
Scott P. Willoughby, vice president of the James Webb Space Telescope program, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.




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"Scott Willoughby continues to provide exceptional leadership on this extremely complex and demanding program," said Jeff Grant, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems sector Space Systems division. "His management and technical skills will be instrumental to the success of the program as we remain closely partnered with our customer in integrating and testing the telescope."

Willoughby has been Webb telescope program manager since September 2009 and was recently named director of the program. In his more than 20 years with Northrop Grumman, he has held roles at increasing levels of responsibility in integration and test, production and supply chain, product design/development and systems engineering.

Most recently, Willoughby served as the P858 program manager in Advanced Concepts, Technology and Emerging Systems Division. His primary responsibilities were to drive process improvements and delivery of this critical and strategic program. He oversaw program management including financial management, capital, human resources, customer and subcontractor interfaces and all levels of contract management. 

Prior to that, Willoughby was the program manager for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Program, where he led the team on early deliveries to the prime contractor for two AEHF payloads (Flight 1 and Flight 2) and positioned the program for a subsequent early delivery of Flight 3.  As the AEHF deputy program manager for Flight 1 Payload production and delivery, he had the overall responsibility and complete authority for day-to-day technical and schedule activities associated with completing the Flight 1 AEHF Payload hardware and software manufacturing, production, testing, integration and delivery. In July 2009, AEHF was recognized by the Aerospace Systems sector President's Award for Customer Satisfaction related to these three early deliveries.

Additionally, Willoughby was responsible for the Milstar operations program at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, which included payload support for a constellation of five operational satellites.

Willoughby earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and a master's degree in communication systems from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Executive Program at the Anderson 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 visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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