Monday, January 18, 2010

Northrop Grumman Names Bob Klein Vice President of Engineering for Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division

Northrop Grumman Names Bob Klein Vice President of Engineering for Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division
January 18, 2010

Also Named as Deputy for Engineering for Company's Aerospace Systems Sector

BETHPAGE, NY. – Jan. 18, 2010 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Bob Klein vice president of Engineering for the Battle Management and Engagement Systems division (BMES) of its Aerospace Systems sector and as deputy for Engineering for the company’s Aerospace Systems sector.

Klein will report to Frank Flores, sector vice president of Engineering, and Tom Vice, sector vice president of the BMES division. As BMES Engineering vice president, he will manage more than 2,500 engineers and technologists working on programs including the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, the E-8C Joint STARS, the EA-18G Growler, the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System, airborne mine countermeasures systems, and Mission Package Integration for Littoral Combat Ships. In his role as deputy for Engineering for the Aerospace Systems sector he will support management of more than 7,000 engineers for the Fire Scout, Global Hawk, F-35, B-2 and F/A-18 programs.

"Bob brings decades of aerospace engineering experience to his new roles as well as very strong program management skills, having successfully guided our airborne mine countermeasures programs from development into
production," Flores said.

For the past two years, Klein has led the company’s Maritime and Tactical Systems business area where he was responsible for four airborne mine countermeasures programs as they progressed from the laboratory through flight test, the delivery of three Littoral Combat Ship Mission Packages, and a competitive win of the Maritime Laser Demonstrator program.

From 2000-2006, Klein served as vice president of Engineering, Logistics and Technology for the Airborne Early Warning and Electronic Warfare business area, where he increased its technical staff from 1,250 to 2,100 personnel, helped it achieve CMMI Level 5 certification, implemented new engineering tools, initiated F-35 and CH-53K design
offload work packages, and implemented programs to encourage high school students to enter science and engineering.

From 1990-99, he served as chief engineer of the F-14 Tomcat program, evolving the aircraft from an air-to-air fighter to a precision-strike fighter. From 1980-89 he served as primary flight control system lead for the X-29 Forward Swept Wing Demonstrator from development through flight test; had key roles on the U.S. Marine Corps Jeff B hovercraft design, advanced aircraft simulation and classified programs; and, completed the management development program. Klein joined the company in 1974 under a Grumman Scholarship; his first assignment was on the F-14 assembly line.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also attended executive development programs at Stanford University.

Klein has been recognized with the Hammer Award from the Vice President of the United States, the Program Management Award from the Secretary of Defense, and the Top Integrated Product Team Award from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition.

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