Toshihiko Seki, a 30-year veteran of Japan’s army, has joined Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) as head of air power programs and will be based in the company’s Tokyo office.
Northrop said Monday Seki will oversee the company’s work in Japan’s defense and security markets, particularly in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
“His years of experience and leadership give him a valuable depth of perspective as we move forward with our partnerships in Japan, ” said Mary Petryszyn, vice president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems’ international business.
Seki will also support the country’s E-2C airborne early warning aircraft fleet.
His military career includes service as an aircraft pilot, commander of reconnaissance missions, program chief in Iraq and coordinator of U.S. and Japan joint exercises.
He has also worked in pubic affairs for Japan’s joint staff and defense ministry, as well as inspector general for the country’s air development and test command.