REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Sept. 27, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has assigned four executives to new leadership positions at its Space Technology sector to further strengthen program and operating performance.

Frederick L. Ricker has been named sector vice president and deputy, Programs; David L. Ryan has been named sector vice president and National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program director; James M. Myers has been named sector vice president, Sensors and Payloads; and Stuart T. Linsky has been promoted to vice president, Satellite Communications.

"These four new leadership appointments will provide new growth opportunities for some of our most talented and experienced leaders," said Alexis Livanos, president of Northrop Grumman Space Technology. "Their solid customer relationships and program management experience substantially enhance our ability to win new contract awards and grow our business."

As sector vice president and deputy, Programs, Ricker assumes a new position with responsibility for the management, development, deployment and operation of space systems and other deliverables produced. Livanos said, "Fred takes this new position after four years of outstanding service and leadership of NPOESS, under which the program made tremendous progress from its early competitive phase through the recent successful completion of its delta preliminary design review. His dedication and commitment has positioned the program well to meet future challenges."

Ryan assumes the position as sector vice president and NPOESS program director, with the responsibility for continuing the development of this satellite system. Ryan joined Northrop Grumman this year as vice president, Sensors and Payloads, and is keenly aware of the importance of subcontractor performance to the overall success of NPOESS. He served as president of Boeing Satellite Systems International and prior to joining Boeing, Ryan spent 13 years designing and operating satellite systems for TRW.

Myers assumes Ryan's position as sector vice president, Payloads and Sensors. In this role, he has responsibility for the development and implementation of sensor and payload strategy, as well as leading all subcontracting activities for the sector. Space Technology currently manages more than 250 active subcontractors for sensors, payloads and other work, several of which are subcontracts in excess of $1 billion. Myers previously served as vice president, Satellite Communications.

Completing the realignment, Linsky has been appointed vice president, Satellite Communications, succeeding Myers. Linsky has broad responsibility for the sector's Satellite Communications business including areas such as strategy development, new business capture and sustainment, management and allocation of resources. Linsky previously led Space Technology's Transformational Communication Systems initiative.

Northrop Grumman develops a broad range of systems at the leading edge of space, defense and electronics technology for U.S. government and civilian customers. These products contribute significantly to the nation's security and leadership in science technology.

Sally Koris
Northrop Grumman Space Technology
(310) 812-4721