LOS ANGELES, June 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has established a corporate procurement organization and has named Mary Simmerman its vice president, effective June 6. Simmerman will report to Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and chief financial officer.
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"Northrop Grumman established a corporate procurement organization to leverage the scale of its material spending across the company and improve ongoing procurement process effectiveness," said Bush. "Mary's extensive experience with both corporate procurement and the aerospace and defense industry make her ideally suited to lead this new functional area."
In this role, Simmerman will be responsible for enterprise socio-economic business planning, strategy and compliance relative to procurement. She will work closely with the company's seven operating sectors to develop and implement company-wide procurement strategies and key processes.
Simmerman joined Northrop Grumman in 2003 as vice president of materiel at the company's Integrated Systems sector where she was responsible for domestic and international procurement and subcontract management.
Before coming to Northrop Grumman, she spent 20 years with The Boeing Company where she left as vice president of supplier management and procurement for Boeing's Space and Communications Operations in Seal Beach, Calif. In that role, she was responsible for supplier management and procurement personnel deployed on more than 300 programs across the United States. Prior to Boeing, Simmerman worked for what was then Northrop Advanced Systems Division, and at Grumman Aerospace Corporation in Bethpage, New York.
Simmerman earned a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and master's degree in business administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a representative of Northrop Grumman on the Aerospace Industries Association Supplier Management Executive Council, and was a supply-chain management advisor to the Conference Board from 2000-2002
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides a broad array of technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding, and space technology. The company has more than 125,000 employees and operates in all 50 states and 25 countries and serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.
CONTACT: Tom Henson Northrop Grumman Corporation (310) 201-3458