BLACKSBURG, Va., March 21, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today the appointment of Bob Sterrett as director of human resources for Poly-Scientific, a business unit of the company's Component Technologies sector.

"Bob's extensive knowledge of our business and successful track record in working with all our employees makes him well qualified to lead human resources for our company," said Larry Ball, president of Poly-Scientific. "A new position was created so we could take advantage of the synergy that exists within our operations and look at new ways for our talented employees to apply technology and innovative manufacturing practices. People development is one of our key strategic initiatives."

Sterrett has been with the company 21 years and currently serves as human resources director of the Blacksburg operation of Poly-Scientific. In his new position, he will have full responsibility to manage and administer the human resources functions for all Poly-Scientific operations including Blacksburg, Va., Charlotte and Murphy, N.C., and Springfield, Pa. His responsibilities will include benefit administration, employee communication and welfare, and community service. In particular, Sterrett will develop and administer policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Northrop Grumman human resources and benefits policies.

Sterrett will report to Ball. The human resources staffs at each of Poly-Scientific's operations will work directly with Sterrett.

He joined the company in June 1980. He holds a master's and a bachelor's degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Sterrett resides in Blacksburg with his wife, Julie, and sons Scott, age 18, and Robert, age 11.

Poly-Scientific is a business unit of Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, and a world leader in innovative solutions for motion technology, optical components and electronic systems with unique design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Motion product lines include motors, drives resolver, slip rings, actuators and advanced electro-mechanical assemblies. Optical components include crystals for use in solid-state laser systems, specialty crystals and microchip laser devices. Electronic products include MEMS-based fiber optic switches, fiber optic modems, hybrid electronic and avionic products. Poly-Scientific is headquartered in Blacksburg, Va., with operations in Charlotte and Murphy, N.C., Springfield, Pa., and Brno, Czech Republic.

Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance electronic and optical components and materials to the telecommunications, networking, industrial, medical and military markets. Headquartered in Iselin, N.J., Component Technologies is comprised of seven business units which include Poly-Scientific, Interconnect Technologies, Kester, Life Support, Precision Products, VEAM/TEC and Winchester Electronics. The sector has over 4,000 employees, with technical sales offices in 28 countries and operations in 18 countries.

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