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Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman

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Uploaded on Oct 7, 2011

Wes Bush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation, sits down with Darden's Dean Bob Bruner to discuss topis such as national security, innovation, government spending, purpose, Thomas Jefferson, aerospace, electronics, information systems, technology finance, general management, M&A and engineering. This "fireside chat" is part of Darden's Leadership Speaker Series.

Mr. Bush didn't take very long to make his mark. On his very first day on the job, in 2010, Northrop Grumman's new chief executive announced that he was uprooting the company's headquarters from Los Angeles -- where it had been since its founding in 1939 -- and relocating it to the Washington, D.C., area. The move, he said, "was made to bring the nation's second-largest defense contractor closer to its key customer: the U.S. government." Analysts say that he is an observant businessman who is gunning to make Northrop the nation's leading defense contractor.

Wes Bush assumed the role of chairman in July 2011. He was named chief executive officer and president in January 2010 and elected to the company's Board of Directors in 2009. He previously served as the president and chief operating officer of the company. Before that, he served as the corporate vice president and chief financial officer, and, earlier, as the president of the company's Space Technology sector.

Recorded October 6, 2011.

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