Northrop Names 20-Year Vet James Stephenson Electronic Systems Counsel; Sheila Cheston Comments

James Stephenson

Northrop Grumman(NYSE: NOC) has appointed James Stephenson vice president, associate general counsel and sector counsel for its electronic systems sector, effective Dec. 1.

Sheila Cheston

The company said he will succeed the retiring Dennis Cameron and report to Sheila Cheston, corporate vice president and general counsel.

Cheston said in a release Stephenson has provided legal advice to the company for more than 20 years.

In his new role, Stephenson will serve as primary legal counsel to the electronic systems sector president and senior staff.

As part a larger realignment and succession plan, Northrop announced in July that 28-year company veteran Gloria Flach will lead electronic systems starting Jan. 1 (click over to GovCon Executive for more on the related successions).

Stephenson will be responsible for delivering legal advice and law department support throughout the sector including sites, programs and subsidiaries.

He will also oversee contracts, business development, litigation, investigations, environmental, trademarks, intellectual property, employment, general corporate matters audit and compliance.

Stephenson, who joined the company in 1984, currently serves as an assistant general counsel for the company’s information systems sector and has held several legal positions during his Northrop career.

Prior to Northrop, he worked both at GE and in private practice.

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