LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has appointed two vice presidents to key positions in its newly formed Shipbuilding sector, effective immediately.

George Simmerman, Jr. will serve as vice president, assistant general counsel and sector counsel, and Jerri Fuller Dickseski will serve as sector vice president of communications. Simmerman is based in Pascagoula, Miss. and Dickseski is based in Newport News, Va.

"I am delighted to name these two outstanding professionals as the first appointments to my staff," said Mike Petters, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. "George is a seasoned and highly regarded attorney and Jerri has earned respect from the media, our customers and her industry colleagues. Both will be vital to the transition process as we align Shipbuilding's Newport News and Gulf Coast operations."

Simmerman will be responsible for all legal advice for the new sector. He will report to W. Burks Terry, corporate vice president and general counsel. He joined the company in 1991 as a division counsel at Ingalls Shipbuilding and has held positions of increasing responsibility and most recently served as vice president, assistant general counsel and sector counsel at the company's former Ship Systems sector.

Simmerman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Spring Hill College and a juris doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has completed executive education programs in finance, general management and leadership and on marketing strategy at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland. He has served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Jackson County Bar Association, as a director of the Mississippi Bar's Young Lawyer Section and as the Mississippi Chair of the ABA Section on Public Contract Law. He is a native of Pascagoula.

Dickseski will be responsible for all communications functions including media relations, employee and executive communications, special events, and trade show support at Shipbuilding's Newport News and Gulf Coast locations.

She most recently served as the sector director, communications, for the company's former Newport News sector. Dickseski joined the company in 1991 as a writer and editor for Newport News Shipbuilding and has held a number of communications positions to include manager, media relations and director, corporate communications, when Newport News was an independent company. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

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.

  CONTACT:  Jennifer Dellapenta, Newport News
          Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
          (757) 380-3558

          Bill Glenn, Pascagoula
          Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
          (228) 935-3972