MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 22, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today the appointment of George Peach Taylor Jr., M.D., vice president for the Information Technology (IT) sector's Health and Human Services division.

In this role, Taylor will oversee Northrop Grumman's overall health business, which provides mission-critical enterprisewide health applications, interoperable architecture, and large-scale systems integration and engineering to leading health organizations. Northrop Grumman IT is a premier provider of health IT services and solutions, spanning major components of the health industry, including clinical systems, life sciences, public health, and healthcare financing and benefits management.

"Dr. Taylor's strengths in strategic planning, transformation, financial management, organizational excellence, military and disaster response, and medical innovation will enable the company's Health and Human Services division to build on its standing as a recognized leader in health IT," said Hugh Taylor, interim president for Northrop Grumman IT's Civilian Agencies group.

Taylor joins Northrop Grumman from the Washington Federal Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he was a senior managing director following his 2006 retirement as a lieutenant general and surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force.

He has more than 28 years of worldwide medical practice, supervision, staff work, command and consulting services experience. During his tenure with the Air Force, Taylor led the Air Force Medical Service, one of the world's most complex healthcare systems for a diverse global population. He was also the chief architect of medical recommendations for the Base Realignment and Closure process, which will result in the creation of new joint activities such as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., the San Antonio Military Medical Center, the Joint Medical Training Center at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, and six new joint medical research and development centers.

Taylor earned a bachelor's degree in physics and Russian language from Rice University, Houston, and a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He earned a master's of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed his residency in aerospace medicine with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. He is also a graduate of the National War College.

Board certified in aerospace medicine, Taylor holds an unrestricted medical license in Texas. He is also a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and American College of Preventive Medicine, and serves on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Aerospace Medicine and Medicine in Extreme Environments.

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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