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Ronald Sugar

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Ronald Sugar

Chairman Emeritus, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Ronald Sugar

Ronald D. Sugar served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Northrop Grumman from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. During his tenure, Northrop Grumman grew to become one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies, with 120,000 employees and $35B annual revenue.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2001, Sugar held senior operating, technical, and financial positions at TRW Inc. and Litton Industries.

He is currently Chairman of the Board of Uber Technologies, a director of Apple Inc., a director of Amgen Inc., and was formerly lead director of Chevron Corporation. He also serves as senior advisor to the private investment firm Ares Management LLC, Bain & Co., and Singapore’s Temasek Investment Company.  

He is a trustee of the University of Southern California, where he also holds the Judge Widney Chair as Professor of Management and Technology, member of UCLA Anderson School of Management board of advisors, and director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. 

He is past chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was appointed earlier by the President of the United States to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. 

He received BS (summa cum laude), MS, and PhD degrees in engineering from UCLA and was subsequently honored as UCLA Alumnus of the Year