REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Dec. 11, 2008 -- Alexis C. Livanos, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) corporate vice president and president of the company's Space Technology sector, has been selected as the 2008 recipient of the IS Associates Executive Leadership award.
The Executive Leadership Award, given annually by the UCLA Anderson School of Management, recognizes senior general executives in Southern California who do an extraordinary job of driving information technology (IT) within their corporation.
"Technology strategy, planning and deployment within an enterprise are the building blocks of an effective technology operation. When technology becomes a strategic driver of the business, it is part of the leadership agenda," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "Dr. Livanos is such a leader who uses technology as a critical business lever to improve internal management and increase NGST's competitive business advantage."
Livanos has leveraged innovative technologies within the organization to increase the sector's competitiveness, such as championing the rollout of a high-performance supercomputing Supercluster at Northrop Grumman Space Technology. This new Supercluster dramatically reduces the time needed to process complex calculations, maximizing efficiency and producing higher quality solutions. Such an innovation has enabled the company to bring product to market faster, resulting in a competitive advantage for Northrop Grumman.
"I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the IT employees at our sector who made this possible," said Livanos. "IT helps our company work at its highest level and supplements employees' strengths with applications and technology. More importantly, it is a competitive discriminator that will be critical to our future in the years to come."
The full text of Livano's speech is available at: http://www.st.northropgrumman.com/media/executive_speeches.html .
In addition to his role as a business leader, Livanos has harnessed information technology to drive and foster growth within Northrop Grumman Space Technology. An early adopter of Web 2.0 technologies, Livanos deployed SpaceTech Live, a web forum that allows 9,000 sector employees to engage in constructive dialog on all topics. He also recently introduced a Wiki at Northrop Grumman Space Technology for employees to search, share and store data more efficiently.
With more than 30 years experience in research and applications in the fields of microelectronics, solid state physics, electro-optics and signal processing, Livanos has numerous technical achievements, including introducing semiconductors to space. He is a fellow of the California Council on Science & Technology, and chairman of the Science Advisory Council for the Graduate Aeronautical Laboratory of Caltech (GALCIT). Livanos was most recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, and has received the Distinguished Alumni Award and the GALCIT International von Karman Wings Award at Caltech.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a 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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