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Photo Release -- Northrop Grumman Named Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year

Monday, October 08, 2012

Photo Release -- Northrop Grumman Named Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year07:35 EDT Monday, October 08, 2012FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today was named the Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year by the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) at its 15th Annual Leadership Awards presented this week in Orlando, Fla. The Supplier Diversity Corporation Award is presented to the employer that has demonstrated outstanding inclusion of disability-owned businesses in its corporate supplier diversity program.Gloria Pualani, corporate director, socio-economic business programs for Northrop Grumman, and Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president, accept the Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year Award from the U.S. Business Leadership Network at its 15th annual Leadership Awards, presented Oct. 3 in Orlando, Fla. A photo accompanying this release is available at http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=15078 "People with disabilities face significant challenges to employment, as do returning wounded warriors," said Gloria Pualani, corporate director, socio-economic business programs for Northrop Grumman. "I am pleased to work for a company committed to helping these individuals realize a better future by providing an inclusive environment for employment and subcontracting opportunities." The purpose of the 2012 USBLN Annual Leadership Awards is to further the mission of identifying leading disability workplace, marketplace and supply chain practices in use today. Award winners demonstrate outstanding commitment to promoting disability diversity across their enterprises and embody the highest ethical standards and values in the community. Northrop Grumman Corporation is recognized for having established a number of programs and initiatives to help foster diversity and inclusion throughout the company. These programs recognize and celebrate the company's diversity in its leadership and among its employees, in the company's support for supplier diversity efforts and through partnerships in the community. Specifically with regard to supplier diversity, the Socio-Economic Business Programs (SEBP) office serves as a liaison between prospective small and disadvantaged businesses, including AbilityOne firms interested in working with Northrop Grumman, and the company's procurement organizations. The company's efforts to increase the number of successful minority-, women-owned and AbilityOne small business suppliers by providing outreach and mentorship have been recognized nationally. Other small disadvantaged businesses served by the SEBP include historically black colleges and universities, minority institutions, veterans, service disabled veterans and historically underutilized business zone business concerns. Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.CONTACT: Margaret Mitchell-Jones (703) 280-2739 m.mitchell-jones@ngc.com