Photo Release -- Northrop Grumman Announces Leadership Changes at Shipbuilding Sector in Newport News

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Mike Shawcross, vice president, Gerald R. Ford-class engineering and CVN 79 construction

Rolf Bartschi, vice president, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) construction

Barry Fletcher, vice president of waterfront nuclear engineering and test and chief nuclear engineer

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced several leadership changes at its Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va.

  • Mike Shawcross has been named vice president, Gerald R. Ford-class engineering and CVN 79 construction.
     
  • Rolf Bartschi has been named vice president, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) construction.
     
  • Barry Fletcher has been promoted to vice president of waterfront nuclear engineering and test and chief nuclear engineer.

"These positions come with tremendous responsibility requiring a solid focus on performance and efficiency," said Matt Mulherin, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News.  "Mike, Rolf and Barry have the demonstrated experience, knowledge and capability to lead these very complex and important programs."

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Shawcross, who successfully led the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier program since 2005, will continue to be responsible for the completion of the Gerald R. Ford-class design effort and issuance of construction drawings to the waterfront. He will also be responsible for program management, engineering, planning and production for the second ship of the class, CVN 79, which continues to expand as preparations are underway to cut steel later this year. He began his career at Newport News in 1980 as a nuclear test engineer and has held a number of positions during his career including program manager for CVN 77, director for naval marketing and business development, Washington D.C. marketing representative, and engineering manager and supervisor. He earned a bachelor's degree in ocean engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

Bartschi, who successfully served as vice president of waterfront nuclear engineering and test and chief nuclear engineer since 2005, will now have responsibility for program management, planning and construction of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). He began his career with the sector in 1981 as a test engineer in the fast attack submarine new construction program and has held a number of positions, including engineering manager of nuclear test for submarine new construction, nuclear construction superintendent of new construction carriers, and director of nuclear services and testing. He earned a bachelor's degree in ocean engineering from Florida Institute of Technology

As vice president of waterfront nuclear engineering and test and chief nuclear engineer, Fletcher will be responsible for all nuclear engineering services and test engineering programs. He joined Newport News in 1979 as an associate engineer and has held a number of positions during his career including test engineer, supervisor of test engineering and manager of nuclear test engineering. He most recently served as director of nuclear engineering and overhaul. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Virginia Tech.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

Margaret Mitchell-Jones
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
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