Executive Mosaic is pleased to introduce Northrop Grumman CEO Kathy Warden as an inductee into the 2019 Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of the most influential voices in the government contracting arena — for leading Northrop’s enterprise services and four operating sectors and securing several major contracts for the company.
Warden’s selection marks her fourth Wash100 Award win in the last five years.
Warden joined Northrop in 2008 after working for General Dynamics, General Electric and Veridian. She was appointed as the company’s new CEO in July 2018 following the announcement that then-CEO and Chairman Wes Bush will step down in 2019.
Previously, Warden held leadership roles at Northrop, including president and chief operating officer, corporate vice president and president of the mission systems business, and corporate vice president and president of the former information systems arm. She began officially as CEO in January 2019, taking responsibility for Northrop's enterprise services efforts and four operating sectors.
The company secured three major indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts in 2018, including a potential seven-year, $3.6B contract in December to support the U.S. Air Force’s Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures program, a potential five-year, $697M award in October to perform system configuration modifications for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia’s EA-18G Growler aircraft.
Northrup obtained another potential seven-year, $450M Air Force contract in December 2018 calling for the company’s Amherst Systems unit to provide items for Joint Threat Emitter simulation platforms supporting U.S. and foreign military customers. The Air Force utilizes the platform to train airmen and other military personnel in aircraft defense functions.
A report from McAleese and Associates listed several defense programs under the “watchlist” of Warden in October. The programs include the U.S. Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent competition, Overhead Persistent Infrared Geosynchronous, the U.S. Navy’s Next-Gen Jammer Low-band and “restricted space” programs.
“Many of the things that we are pursuing are awards in the 2020 timeframe,” Warden said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call in Oct. 2018. “For the OPIR programs, we have both the ‘GEO’ payload, as well as the OPIR Polar satellite program.”
Warden serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond board of directors and served on the Internet Advisory Council during the Clinton Administration. Her other milestones include being one of the 24 female executives leading companies on the Fortune 500 list.
Executive Mosaic congratulates Kathy Warden and the Northrop Grumman team for receiving this award.
About the Wash100
The Wash100 award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the most influential executives in the GovCon industry as selected by the Executive Mosaic team in tandem with online nominations from the GovCon community. Representing the best of the private and public sector, the winners demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement and vision.
Visit the Wash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2019 Wash100 Award. On the site, you can submit your 10 votes for the GovCon executives of consequence that you believe will have the most significant impact in 2019.