Tepper School of Business W.L. Mellon Lecture

  • President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation

Kathy Warden is president and chief operating officer of Northrop Grumman and a member of the company’s Board of Directors and Corporate Policy Council. On July 12, 2018, Northrop Grumman’s Board of Directors elected her chief executive officer and president, effective January 1, 2019.

As president and chief operating officer, Warden is responsible for the operational management of the company’s four operating sectors as well as its enterprise services organization. Her role encompasses all aspects of the operations, including leading the company’s engagement with the senior customer community and partners around the globe. She also leads the integration of the new Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems sector.

Previously, Warden served as corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, a leading global provider of advanced solutions for defense and intelligence customers. She directed large-scale, mission-critical systems, and complex hardware and software products within the U.S. and internationally. Prior to leading the Mission Systems sector, Warden was corporate vice president and president of the former Information Systems sector.

She has extensive experience in operational leadership and business development in government and commercial markets. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2008, Warden held leadership roles at General Dynamics and the Veridian Corporation. Earlier, she was a principal in a venture internet firm. Warden also spent nearly a decade with the General Electric Company working in commercial industries.

Warden earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the Board of Directors for the Wolf Trap Foundation, and the James Madison University Board of Visitors.