LOS ANGELES, April 4, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named David F. Stafford corporate vice president for federal agencies for the company.

Stafford is responsible for establishing and maintaining customer relations with federal departments and civil agencies. He directs the analysis, development and execution of the corporation's strategic initiatives; manages the overall engagement with these agencies; and presides over the advocacy efforts necessary to advance the requirements, generate the resources, and develop these programs for the nation and its allies. Stafford reports to Larry Lanzillotta, vice president of customer relations, headquartered at the company's Washington, D.C., office.

"Non-defense-related contracts will make up a significant portion of Northrop Grumman's business in our future," said Lanzillotta. "David's background, coupled with his extensive experience in the area of business, strategy and advanced development for the company, will serve us well as he and his team continue to expand our federal-department and civil-agency portfolio."

Stafford joined the company in 1983 and has more than 25 years of development, business and contracts-management experience. Most recently, he served as vice president for maritime and tactical systems for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. His previous positions include sector vice president of business and strategy development for the company's Integrated Systems sector; additionally, he has served as the sector's vice president of Washington Operations for Northrop Grumman International, and as the vice president of business, strategy and advanced development for that sector's airborne early warning/electronic warfare business unit. Previously, Stafford held posts at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Army.

Stafford earned a bachelor's degree from Florida International University. He also has completed the Strategic Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Executive Marketing Program at University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.

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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