EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 25, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has appointed Michelle A. Scarpella vice president of F/A-18 programs for its Strike and Surveillance Systems Division, a component of the company's Aerospace Systems sector.

In this position, Scarpella is responsible for all aspects of the F/A-18 program. As principal F/A-18 subcontractor to The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman designs and produces the aircraft's entire center/aft fuselage, integrates all associated subsystems and conducts after-delivery product support. The position also includes management of legacy F-5 and T-38 aircraft programs.

Scarpella joined the company in 1987 and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in program management, global supply chain and quality on a number of critical programs including the F/A-18, B-2 Spirit bomber, E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) and E-2C Hawkeye.

She most recently served as director and deputy F/A-18 program manager. Northrop Grumman has delivered more than 1,890 fuselage shipsets for all models of the F/A-18, including the earlier F/A-18A-D Hornet and now the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.

Scarpella earned her bachelor's degree in human services from California State University, Fullerton. She holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in executive management.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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