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Kathy J. Warden

Also Known As Kathy Warden

Chief Executive Officer of Northrop Grumman

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Kathy J. Warden is an American business executive who serves as chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman, ( NOC )as of 2019.

Career :

Warden is a cybersecurity and information technology expert. Early in her career, she worked for General Electric for nearly a decade, and held executive roles at Veridian Corporation and General Dynamics. Warden was also a principal in a venture capital firm, where she helped companies improve their business models and electronic publishing services. 

Warden joined Northrop Grumman in 2008, initially serving as vice president and general manager of the company's cybersecurity business. In 2015, while serving as president of Northrop Grumman Information Systems, she was included in Federal Computer Week's "Federal 100" list; the magazine credited her for increasing Northrop Grumman's participation in the CyberPatriot program and creation of the Advanced Cyber Technology Center, and for overseeing $1.5 billion in contracts for the 2014 fiscal year. Warden began her tenure as president of the Mission Systems sector in January 2016, when the company merged its Information Systems and Electronics Systems sectors. She has served as president and COO of Northrop Grumman since September 2017, and her tenure as CEO started on January 1, 2019. 

Warden has been credited with leading the integration of Orbital ATK, later Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems.She was elected to Northrop Grumman's board of directors since her appointment to the CEO role in mid-2018.

Early Life

Warden graduated from Smithsburg High School. She then earned a bachelor's degree at James Madison University in 1992, and a master's degree in business administration at George Washington University in 1999.


  • - graduated from Smithsburg High School
  • bachelor's degree BA - James Madison University
  • master's degree in business administration - George Washington University


  • Northrop Grumman - chief executive officer and president