Executive mosaic is pleased to announce the CEO of Northrop Grumman Kathy Guardian as a recipient of 2022 Wash100the seventh time she has won the prestigious award in the nine-year history of Executive Mosaic’s annual list of executives with stamina and influence in the public procurement industry.

Warden took over as CEO and President of the Falls Church, Va.-based company in January 2019 and added the title of President in August of that year.

Visit Wash100.com to vote for Kathy Warden as one of your 10 favorite GovCon leaders.

In a 2021 earnings call, she told investors that the cash generated from the sale of Northrop’s computer services business at Veritas Capital generated a capital deployment opportunity that exceeded free cash flow. The company returned a record $4.7 billion to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks over the past year, repaid more than $2.2 billion in debt and said space systems segment sales for its fiscal year 2021 rose 21% to $10.6 billion, following the industry’s record sales of $8.7 billion the previous year.

Warden highlighted the December 25 launch of the James Webb Space Telescopethat Northrop built for NASA, as “one of our proudest moments” in the fourth quarter.

“Webb will peer more than 13.5 billion years into the past when the first stars and galaxies formed, ushering in an exciting new era of space observation and expanding our understanding of the universe,” said the seven-time award winner. Wash100.

Prior to JWST’s deployment, the agency awarded the company a $3.19 billion contract to solid rocket booster production and operations work over the next decade to support the Space Launch System and Artemis missions.

Northrop has additional efforts to support NASA’s lunar exploration program, including a project to build the Housing and logistics outpost module of the future Gateway lunar space station under a $935 million contract. Additionally, the company has formed a team arrangement with AVL, Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost and Michelin to design an all-terrain vehicle offering as part of a joint bid to help US astronauts navigate the lunar surface.

Also in December, Northrop was awarded a five-year, $1.38 billion contract to produce up to 160 Integrated combat command systems for the US military and its foreign partners.

In one interview on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street”Warden noted that the company’s $13.3 billion Ground-Based Strategic Deterrence The program with the US Air Force to replace the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is “progressing well in terms of cost and budget”.

In July, Northrop inaugurated its state-of-the-art system Hypersonic Center of Excellence in Elkton, Maryland, which will apply digital engineering approaches to help military customers develop weapon systems intended to travel at least five times faster than the speed of sound.

In addition to missile defense and space exploration, Northrop is seeking opportunities in artificial intelligence R&D and seeking to align its AI development efforts with the Department of Defense’s Principles for Intelligence Systems Development. Secure and ethical AI. Warden said in an interview with the Center for Strategic and International Studies that she expects new businesses to adapt. Business AI and machine learning platforms for military surveillance, command and control applications.

Warden intends to prioritize Northrop workforce in 2022 as the defense industry faces additional business challenges due to chronic labor shortages.

“We will continue to navigate through these COVID-related impacts,” she told CNBC in December. “The industry has been able to do this for the past 21 months and we anticipate that we will be able to do this in the future.”

Executive Mosaic congratulates Kathy Warden and the Northrop Grumman organization for their Wash100 selection.

About Wash100 Price

This year marks the ninth annual selection for the Wash100 award. The Wash100 is the first group of leaders from the private and public sectors selected by Executive Mosaic’s organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon industry. These leaders demonstrate leadership skills, innovation, reliability, achievement and vision. Visitors to wash100.com can log in and vote for the leaders they believe will have the greatest impact on government contracts in the coming year.

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