BALTIMORE, Jan. 30, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has appointed Elizabeth D. Iversen as sector vice president of mission assurance for the company's Electronic Systems sector.

In this newly created position, Iversen will have executive responsibility for quality assurance, risk management, independent reviews and assessments, and such process improvement initiatives as Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. She will report to James F. Pitts, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems.

Iversen has over 20 years experience with commercial and defense companies in operations management, business strategy development and planning, strategic sourcing and process excellence implementation.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, she served as vice president of worldwide process excellence for Johnson & Johnson. She also held positions of increasing responsibility with such Fortune 500 companies as Hughes Aircraft Company, TRW, GE Capital and Gateway Company.

Iversen earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, business management and industrial psychology from Iowa State University. She has completed a number of executive development programs, including the strategic planning and new product development forum at Harvard University.

She is a member of the Conference Board and the American Business Women Association.

Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., is a world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of defense and commercial electronics and systems, including airborne radar, navigation systems, intelligence processing, electronic countermeasures, precision weapons, airspace management systems, communications systems, space sensors, marine and naval systems, government systems, and logistics services.