LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Jan Rideout, vice president and chief information officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Ship Systems sector has been recognized by International Data Group's Computerworld magazine as one of the business world's Premier 100 IT Leaders. The award honors executives who show exemplary technology leadership in resolving pressing business problems.

Honorees were named and profiled in the January 3, 2005 issue of Computerworld, and will be recognized at Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, March 6-8, 2005, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Rideout was selected from nearly 600 nominees, who were measured against Computerworld's IT Leadership Index, a set of characteristics that describes executives who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations, and evaluated by the editors and by an external panel of judges.

In her role, Rideout is accountable for IT planning, budgeting and execution within Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector, headquartered in Pascagoula, Miss. The sector employs more than 17,000 shipbuilding professionals and is one of the nation's leading full-service systems companies for the design, engineering, construction and life-cycle support of major surface ships for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and international navies, and for commercial vessels of all types.

Rideout's 21-year career with Northrop Grumman is highlighted by a multi-year IT systems consolidation program; conversion of three separate business areas to a common procurement system; implementation of a common human resources system; and leadership over the company's year 2000 preparations. She has also met employees' needs by securing the necessary IT equipment to help them better serve customers.

The complete list of Premier 100 IT Leaders can be found in the January 3, 2005 issue of Computerworld and online at www.computerworld.com/p1002005

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With 125,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage." In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,138,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2004 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1 million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(r), Macworld Conference & Expo(r), DEMO(r) and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .

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