Northrop Grumman Corporation announced the appointment of Warren King, retired chief executive officer of the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), as the chair of the newly formed Northrop Grumman Australia Advisory Board.
"Warren King offers our Northrop Grumman Australia Advisory Board a deep understanding of Australian defence business and strategy that will significantly add to the breadth of experience of our Australian team," said David Perry, corporate vice president and chief business development officer, Northrop Grumman, and president, Northrop Grumman International Trading.
"I welcome Warren as the chair of our Advisory Board," said Ian Irving, chief executive officer, Northrop Grumman Australia. "He possesses a wealth of leadership, experience and expertise across technical disciplines and the Australian and international defence markets. Warren will add significant value as we continue to advance our presence in Australia."
King has an extensive international defense background with over 35 years of experience in the defense sector, including 20 years of service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), where he specialised in combat systems engineering and completed posts in the United States and the United Kingdom. After serving in the RAN, King held a variety of senior managerial positions ranging from small Australian enterprises to large multinational corporations.
King was appointed chief executive officer of the DMO (now the Defence Capability and Sustainment Group) in 2012, where he served until his retirement in 2015.
King earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of New South Wales. In 2015 he was awarded the U.S. Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, in recognition of his service and contribution to the success of the U.S.-Australian alliance. King is also a member of Northrop Grumman's international advisory board.