Linda Mills has an impressive track record with Northrop Grumman. These days, as Corporate Vice President and President of Northrop Grumman IT, Mills oversees the company’s $4.5 billion information technology unit in McLean, Va. While times are uncertain for many in the government contracting space “” due, in large part, to shrinking federal budgets and a looming presidential election “” Mills is successfully leading the IT services component of the largest, fastest-growing division of the company. In an exclusive interview with ExecutiveBiz, Mills shares some key strengths that have helped her navigate her past and current roles, and how she’s making sure her unit’s technological initiatives stay relevant “” and meet the challenges “” in areas such intelligence, military, health care, and homeland security.
Your background speaks to a diverse array of business and management accomplishments “” can you share a few highlights of your career before you joined Northrop Grumman in 2002?
Linda Mills: I have been fortunate to have held a variety of positions at Northrop Grumman “” in both staff and operational roles “” at corporate and sector levels, and on the east and west coast. This experience gave me an understanding of the breadth and depth of the capabilities of Northrop Grumman and its predecessor companies. One of the early development programs was a Navy Command and Control program which although bid out of our Space Park facility in California, was performed here on the east coast. Subsequent to this program, we established our sector headquarters for a sister sector that we now call Mission Systems, here in Virginia. It was exciting to be a part of seeing the whole company blossom and grow from its heritage and roots on the west coast to the east coast. It was history in the making.