Karen Williams is vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s defense technologies division, where she manages enterprise solutions and business operations in global command, control and communications; enterprise infrastructure; cybersecurity; identity management; and business transformation.
Previously, she served as vice president for air and missile defense systems, where she directed and integrated information systems supporting Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army missions. Her primary areas of responsibility included a missile defense integration and operations center, an integrated air and missile defense battle command system ,a fire control and communications system, Missile Defense National Team activities and the MDA’s command, control, battle management and communications experiments.
Prior to that, she served as vice president of the mission support systems operating unit within the C2 division, where the company says she led a Six Sigma team in efforts to increase profitability. She also serves as an instructor for program management and capture courses and also is the founding sponsor of the company’s Women in Leadership Program. She has completed the TRW Executive Leadership Program and Northrop’s LEAD1NG Executive Development Program.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in procurement and acquisition management from American University’s Kogod School of Business.