Kent Kresa is chairman emeritus of Northrop Grumman Corporation. He was chairman of the board from September 1990 until October 2003 and served as chief executive officer from January 1990 until March 2003, and president from 1987 until September 2001. During this time, he transformed the company from a small boutique military contractor with $5 billion in annual revenue to a thriving, broad based $28 billion enterprise, with 120,000 employees.
Kresa serves on several corporate boards including Fluor Corporation and MannKind. He is also active in many philanthropic activities, including chairman of the Board of Trustees at CALTECH, chairman of the Lincoln Laboratory at MIT, member of UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors, member of the advisory councils of the Keck School of Medicine at USC and of the Music Center Foundation, and chairman of the Music Center of Los Angeles for the Performing Arts. During his participation on the board of the General Motors Corporation, he was appointed interim board chair by the Obama administration through the bankruptcy from March to July 2010.
Mr. Kresa's prestigious awards for leadership include Forbes magazine's "Company of the Year" recognition in December 2002; Aviation Week magazine's 2002 Laurel Citation for achievements in aeronautics/propulsion; California Institute of Technology's Management Association's Excellence in Management Award for demonstrating extraordinary vision and leadership; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his significant contributions to our nation's heritage; the Howard Hughes Memorial Award for his contributions to the advancement of aviation and space technology; and his selection by Business Week magazine as one of the nation's Top 25 managers for 2001.
As a graduate of M.I.T., he received a B.S. in 1959, an M.S. in 1961, and an E.A.A. in 1966, all in Aeronautics and Astronautics.