LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced the appointment of William Mitchell as vice president, assistant general counsel and sector counsel for Newport News operations, effective immediately. He reports to W. Burks Terry, corporate vice president and general counsel.

Mr. Mitchell, 58, most recently served as associate sector counsel for the company's Electronic Systems sector. Prior to this position, he served as the division counsel for the former Electronic Sensors and Systems division of Northrop Grumman. Before joining Northrop Grumman in 1996, Mr. Mitchell was the associate general counsel for Westinghouse's Electronic Systems Group. Previously, Mr. Mitchell held a number of positions in the law department of Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

He has broad experience in a variety of businesses and in government, commercial and international transactions. Mr. Mitchell holds a law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor's degree in economics from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Newport News' primary business is the design, construction, repair, overhaul and refueling of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines for the U.S. Navy. Newport News also provides ongoing fleet services for other U.S. Navy vessels through work in overhauling, lifecycle engineering, and repair.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an $18 billion, global defense company with its worldwide headquarters in Los Angeles. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in defense and commercial electronics, systems integration, information technology and nuclear and non-nuclear shipbuilding and systems. With nearly 100,000 employees and operations in 44 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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