Wood Parker

Vice president and general manager of the global information technology division, TRW Systems & Information Technology Group, Reston, Va.

First Day on the New Job: Jan. 15

Age: 52

Hometown: Hattiesburg, Miss.

Home Now: Great Falls, Va.

Family: Married 33 years to wife Emelie. Three daughters: Marie, 31; Helen, 29; and Myra, 27 ? all married, and one granddaughter.

Most Recently Read Book: Currently reading "TRW: Pioneering Technology and Innovation Since 1900" by Davis Dyer. Recently read "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference" by Malcolm Gladwell and "The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization" by Thomas Friedman.


Hobby: Growing roses and beekeeping

Music: My tastes change over the years. Right now I enjoy country and classical music.

Restaurant/food: L'Auberge Chez Francois, but I'm easy to please when considering restaurants and food.

Quote: "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." ? Charles Darwin

TV Shows: I don't watch very much TV, but I enjoy almost anything on ESPN.

Vacation Spot: Colorado for snow skiing, and just about anywhere for water skiing.

Best Career Advice You Ever Received: Always hire people who are smarter and better than you.


Bachelor of science, electrical engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

Master of arts, international relations, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Career Background:
Retired Navy officer; managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Washington. White House Fellows program during the Reagan administration.

In your new position at TRW, what do you see as your first order of business?

Growing TRW's government and commercial business. I intend to accomplish this growth by leveraging the tremendous technologies and capabilities of TRW.

What is the biggest change for you in this new role?

The answer is implied in the question. Change is constant. The marketplace is changing; the work force is changing; technologies are changing; TRW has a new CEO. Personally, because I have been dealing with change all my adult life, I find change extraordinarily interesting, and I'm excited about the future and TRW.

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