ARLINGTON, Va., May 17, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Thomas L. MacKenzie, vice president of naval programs. In this position, MacKenzie reports to Larry Lanzillotta, vice president of customer relations within Northrop Grumman's government relations organization located in the company's Washington office.

As vice president of naval programs, MacKenzie will serve as the company's primary liaison for government customer representatives and coordinate customer interactions with its business sectors. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective customer contact, relations and a full understanding of the company's naval customers' requirements.

"Since Northrop Grumman is the world's largest military shipbuilder, our relationship with naval customers is extremely important," said Robert W. Helm, corporate vice president of government relations. "Tom has made significant contributions since joining the company, and I am confident he will continue those successes in this new position."

MacKenzie joined Northrop Grumman in 2005 as corporate director of navy programs. Before coming to Northrop Grumman, he had spent seven years as the senior professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee where he was responsible for providing recommendations on oversight of all aviation, shipbuilding and associated weapons systems development and procurement programs.

Previously, MacKenzie spent 29 years in the U.S. Navy as an aviator and in program management. He culminated his flying career as a commander of an F-14 Tomcat squadron and spent four years as program manager for air-to-air missiles.

MacKenzie earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 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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