LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18, 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced that Philip A. Odeen, a defense industry leader and former chairman of TRW Inc., has been elected to Northrop Grumman's board of directors. Odeen's appointment increases the company's board to 12 directors.
"Phil is a respected defense industry executive and thought leader and will be an excellent addition to Northrop Grumman's board," said Kent Kresa, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer. "Over the years, Phil has built an impressive track record in both business and government. Additionally, he brings a broad perspective encompassing both private and public sectors. We look forward to benefiting from his judgment and experience as we continue to pursue the strategic growth objectives of the company."
Odeen, 67, was named chairman of TRW in 2002. Prior to becoming chairman, he was a member of TRW's management committee and served as the company's senior representative in Washington D.C., responsible for government relations, business development and selected international activities of TRW's Aerospace and Information Systems sector.
From 1997 to 1999, Odeen was responsible for TRW's Systems and Information Technology business, a $3 billion provider of value-added solutions using information technology systems and services, and systems engineering and analysis.
Odeen joined TRW in 1997 with the company's acquisition of BDM, where he served as president and chief executive officer, directing the growth and evolution of the multinational information technology firm. Under his leadership, BDM grew from less than $300 million in revenue to more than $1 billion in five years.
Before joining BDM as president in 1992, Odeen was vice chairman, management consulting services, at Coopers & Lybrand, where he directed a practice of 2,500 consultants in 30 cities across the country. Earlier, he served 13 years as managing partner of the firm's public sector practice. From 1973 to 1978, he was vice president of the Wilson Sporting Goods Company.
He has served in senior positions with Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council staff. He was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense (Systems Analysis) and later led the Defense and Arms Control staff for then-National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger.
Odeen is active in various government advisory groups, primarily in the defense and national security area. In 1997, Secretary of Defense William Cohen selected him to chair the National Defense Panel, and is a member and former vice chairman of the Defense Science Board and a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel. He also has chaired various Defense Science Board Task Forces on the defense industry, logistics and outsourcing.
He serves on the boards of four New York Stock Exchange companies, Avaya Inc., Convergys Corp., Reynolds and Reynolds Company, and Washington Gas Light Company. Odeen also serves on the board of Relizon, which is privately owned.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $25 billion global defense company, headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With approximately 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.
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