Northrop Grumman Corporation’s board of directors has elected Tom Wilson as corporate vice president and president, Space Systems, effective January 1, 2022. Wilson will succeed Blake Larson, who has announced his intent to retire on February 4, 2022, after a 40-year career with Northrop Grumman and its heritage companies.
“Tom’s leadership experience and achievements in the national security, civil and commercial space markets make him ideally suited for his new role,” said Kathy Warden, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Northrop Grumman. “I am confident our space business will continue to grow and perform under Tom’s strong leadership, vision and values.”
“On behalf of our company and the board of directors, I want to thank Blake for his leadership and significant contributions to our entire business, and particularly our Space portfolio,” said Warden. “His focus and vision have paved the way for the continued success of our space business, and the important customer missions we serve. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Larson will continue as corporate vice president, reporting to Warden to support this transition until his retirement.
Wilson is currently sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Strategic Space Systems division in the Space Systems sector, which has delivered strong growth and operating results. Previously, he led the Space Systems sector strategy and business development organization, where he was instrumental in the integration of the Northrop Grumman and Orbital ATK space portfolios. Wilson has held leadership positions in national security, defense and civil government space businesses. He also served in senior positions with the Department of Defense.
Wilson has 32 years of experience in the space industry. He joined Northrop Grumman in 2018 with the acquisition of Orbital ATK, after serving with Orbital ATK and ATK since 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland.