Northrop Hints at New Structure

Northrop Grumman Corp. officials offered a glimpse May 23 of some of the changes the company is going through as it absorbs Litton Industries Inc.

The acquisition of Litton, based in Woodland Hills, Calif., by Northrop Grumman, headquartered in Los Angeles, effectively doubled the company's size, according to Larry Hamilton, head of corporate communications in the company's Washington office. The purchase boosted revenue to $15 billion and increased its work force to about 80,000 people, he said.

The company now will have five units: Electronic Sensors and Systems; Logicon; Integrated Systems; Ship Systems; and Electronic Components and Materials. Ship Systems is a completely new sector, Hamilton said, and includes Litton's Avondale and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions.

Logicon, Northrop Grumman's information technology business, will absorb Litton PRC. TASC Inc., Litton's other IT subsidiary, will fall within Logicon's reporting structure, but is likely to remain a standalone entity, said Randy Belote, director of media relations for Litton, now reporting to Hamilton.

The company has conducted a branding survey that is being reviewed by corporate management to determine how to position Northrop Grumman and gain the benefit of the several recognizable corporate names that are now under a single corporate roof, Belote said.

More information on the reorganization will become available later this summer, perhaps in July, he said.

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