Northrop Promotes 26-Year Vet Dale Burton To Aerospace CTO In Series Of Exec Moves

Dale Burton
Dale Burton

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has appointed three vice presidents in its aerospace systems sector to lead new organizations within that sector.

Dale Burton will serve as the sector’s chief technology officer and lead a new research and technology organization,  Robert Burke will lead the sector’s strategy and business development organization and Art Lofton will lead the sector’s global quality organization, the company said Friday.

All three executives will report to Tom Vice, corporate vice president and president of the sector.

The company also announced last week that Mary Petryszyn is joining as VP of international business and will oversee worldwide product and program development (click here for more on her background and experience).

Robert Burke
Robert Burke

As sector CTO, Burton will lead an organization responsible for overseeing research, technology readiness levels, disruptive technologies and participating in trade associations such as national labs, boards and universities.

Burton, a 26-year company veteran, most recently served as VP and program manager for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, known as Joint STARS.

Northrop said he brings experience in battle management, command and control and ISR systems (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance).

Burke, previously VP and deputy general manager for space systems, will lead an organization responsible for establishing and executing new business campaigns, leading the sector’s innovation process and establishing a strategic analysis group for modeling and simulation.

Art Lofton
Art Lofton

The 28-year veteran has held engineering and management positions in space system architecture, design, manufacturing and operations, Northrop said.

Lofton, a 23-year company veteran, will oversee quality in programs and products and have responsibility for managing processes and mission assurance.

He most recently served as chief information officer for the aerospace systems sector and as sector VP for information technology solutions.

Lofton has also served as a site manager for operations at Hill Air Force Base, Utah and in other program management positions.

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