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Northrop Grumman Gets New Chief Executive in Australia

Aerospace and defense contractor Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC  ) announced yesterday that its Australian division will get a new CEO starting July 15.

Ian Irving, an individual with more than 25 years of industry experience, comes to Northrop from the management and professional services consulting firm he founded in 2010, Altilus. 

Northrop Grumman Corporate VP and Chief Global Business Development Officer David Perry said: "Ian brings deep industry knowledge and a strong understanding of our customer community in Australia, making him well suited to leading Northrop Grumman's activities in this strategically important market."

Irving has served stints with Land Systems, Thales Australia, Rockwell, and Boeing Australia. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Sydney and completed his graduate industrial training with the Royal Australian Navy.

Grumman's Australian division supplies defense, security, information systems, and public safety communications markets and serves as a key subcontractor for the Wedgetail airborne early warning and control, F-35 Lightning II, and FA/18 Super Hornet programs. In 2012, Northrop Grumman acquired M5 Network Security, a Canberra-based provider of cybersecurity and secure mobile communications to Australian military and intelligence organizations.

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