IRVING, Texas, May 24, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Gloria Pualani, director of socio-economic business programs for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and its Integrated Systems sector, was honored May 23 as one of the Fifty Influential Minorities In Business.

The Minority Business and Professionals Network grant this prestigious award annually. The U.S. Army's director of small and disadvantaged business utilization nominated Pualani for her role in developing and maintaining a notable socio-economic business program for Northrop Grumman and for demonstrating strong leadership in support of small-, minority- and women-owned business concerns.

"Northrop Grumman seeks a diversified base of suppliers and is committed to building and sustaining long-term relationships with our small business partners," Pualani said. "There are many advantages to doing business with small-, women- and minority-owned businesses, and this award recognizes the company's progress in this important area. Much of our company's strength comes from small businesses, whose innovation and efficiency improves our performance and competitive edge in the marketplace."

The awards were presented May 23, 2002, at the Fourth Annual Fifty Influential Minorities In Business Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. The theme this year was "Celebrating Excellence and Courage."

Pualani has worked for Northrop Grumman for 21 years. In her position, she is responsible for the direction and management of all Socio-Economic Business Program issues from a corporate and sector perspective. She has helped Northrop Grumman receive recognition for its role in advocating for minority programs.

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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