Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced it has elected David Abney to its board of directors. Abney is the executive chairman of the UPS board of directors, and served as the chief executive officer of UPS from 2014 until May 2020.
“David is an accomplished and respected business leader and is a great addition to our board,” said Kathy Warden, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Northrop Grumman. “His experience leading a complex, global business will be extremely valuable as we continue to position our company for long-term growth.”
Abney served as UPS’s chief operating officer prior to becoming chief executive officer, overseeing all facets of UPS’s global transportation network. Prior to this, he was president of UPS International, where he led the company’s growth in its global logistics capabilities.
Abney also serves on the board of Macy’s, Inc. and the board of Catalyst, an organization working to accelerate and advance women into senior leadership and board positions. He also serves as a Trustee of The UPS Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
In 2018, Abney was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle named him one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs. In 2019, he was awarded the Deming Cup for Operational Excellence from Columbia University.
A native of Greenwood, Mississippi, Abney earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Delta State University, where he and his wife, Sherry, sponsor the school’s annual symposium on international business.