NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 9, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced appointments today to its Navy programs leadership team at its Shipbuilding sector in Newport News. Ken Mahler was appointed vice president of Navy programs and Jim Hughes was named vice president of aircraft carrier overhauls and fleet support.

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, a newly-formed sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation, is made up of the former Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and Newport News shipbuilding entities.

As vice president of Navy programs, Mahler is responsible for all Navy work, including aircraft carrier design, construction, overhaul and fleet maintenance; submarine design, construction and fleet maintenance; Advanced SEAL Delivery System; Gulf Coast work-share efforts performed at Newport News; central planning; and integration activities. Mahler reports to Matt Mulherin, Shipbuilding sector vice president and general manager.

"Ken is well-respected by our Navy customer for delivering on cost, schedule and performance commitments," Mulherin said. "He will do an excellent job of leading our very talented and experienced Navy programs team."

Mahler began his career with Newport News in 1985 as a co-op student, and began a full-time career in 1986 as an engineer. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in the aircraft carrier division, and most recently served as vice president for the aircraft carrier overhauls division. He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University and is a licensed professional engineer.

Hughes is responsible for planning and executing aircraft carrier overhaul programs and fleet support work. He reports to Mahler.

"Jim's significant experience, education and demonstrated leadership will be a great addition to our leadership team," Mahler said. "He brings enthusiasm, commitment and a proven track record of customer satisfaction to this important position."

Hughes most recently served as program director for the USS Carl Vinson refueling and complex overhaul. He began his career at Newport News in 1981 as an electrical engineer and has held a number of increasingly responsible positions. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $32 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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