Northrop Grumman Appointments

Northrop Grumman announced three leadership appointments in relation to a realignment of several program divisions within its Electronic Systems sector.

Gloria A. Flach was appointed vice president and general manager, Targeting Systems Division, with responsibility for combat avionics, global sensor solutions, electro-optical/infrared targeting, and laser systems. Flach most recently was vice president and general manager of Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics for the Electronic Systems sector. A 28-year veteran of the company, she also has served as vice president and chief information officer for the sector.

John C. Johnson was named vice president and general manager, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Division, with responsibility for space systems; command, control, communications and computers and ISR systems; and surveillance systems activities. Johnson most recently was vice president and general manager of the company’s Aerospace Systems division. He joined Northrop Grumman in 1989 following a 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force.

Jeffrey Q. Palombo was appointed vice president and general manager, Land and Self-Protection Systems Division, with responsibility for weapons and sensors; infrared countermeasures; radio frequency combat and information systems; and communication, intelligence and networking solutions. Palombo most recently was vice president and general manager of the company’s Land Forces Division. Prior to that assignment, he was vice president of infrared countermeasures. Palombo joined the company in 2003 as site manager and president of Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems in Buffalo.

Luis Riano

Aeroflex, based in Plainview, N.Y., appointed Luis F. Riano as area sales manager, Latin America, for Aeroflex’s test and measurement product lines. Riano joins Aeroflex Test Solutions after 11 years with Ericsson and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. He was general manager of Sony Ericsson in Ecuador; regional sales director for Sony Ericsson in Central America and the Caribbean; and director of customer service for Latin America for Ericsson and Sony Ericsson.

Joseph LaMarca Jr.

Lockheed Martin named Joseph LaMarca Jr., vice president of communications for the company’s Aeronautics business. LaMarca joined Lockheed Martin from Bell Helicopter Textron in Fort Worth, Texas, where he had served as vice president of communications since June 2008. LaMarca previously held communications leadership positions with the Boeing Rotocraft division and its Florida operations. Prior to joining Boeing in 2005, he served in the U.S. Air Force, culminating with his selection as Commander, Military and Civilian Personnel, 45th Space Wing at Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Martin McCarthy

Crane Aerospace & Electronics, based in Lynnwood, Wash., appointed Martin McCarthy vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to this appointment, McCarthy was vice president, Strategy for Europe with Crane Aerospace & Electronics. Before joining Crane Aerospace, McCarthy was managing partner of ARDEN Technologies. During his 30 years in the aerospace and defence industry, McCarthy has also held engineering positions with the U.K. Ministry of Defense, British Aerospace and the Dowty Group.

Aurélie Branchereau-Giles

OnAir, based in Geneva, named Aurélie Branchereau-Giles the head of its Public Relations and Communications section. Branchereau-Giles is responsible for media relations, the company’s presence at trade events, Web pages, all external publications and internal communications. Branchereau-Giles has 10 years of public relations and communications experience. Before joining OnAir, she spent seven years with PrivatAir directing marketing and communications. Previously, she worked for a global public relations agency and helped launch the company’s Switzerland office in 2001.

Peter Ring

Avidyne Corp., based in Lincoln, Mass., promoted Peter Ring to sales manager for its Eastern Region, North America territory. Previously, he served for nearly two years as Avidyne’s Inside Sales Representative in the Eastern Region. Ring began his aviation career by fueling aircraft for the FBO in Worcester, Mass. He held similar posts with Signature Flight Support and Executive Flyers Aviation at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass. Before joining Avidyne in 2008, he was employed by Acura. Ring is an instrument-rated private pilot with a tail-wheel aircraft endorsement.

Marc Duvall

Goodrich Corp., based in Charlotte, N.C., appointed Marc Duvall president of its Aerostructures business. Duvall joined Goodrich in 2005 as president of its Engine Controls business. He was appointed to his most recent position as vice president and general manager of Goodrich’s Aerostructures business in 2008.

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