Sector Vice President, Global Operations, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Kevin L. Mitchell is sector vice president, Global Operations, at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of military aircraft, autonomous and space systems and next-generation solutions to assist our customers worldwide, preserve freedom and advance human discovery.
In his current role, Mitchell leads a team of approximately 6,000 people that produces some of the world’s most capable and technologically advanced aerospace systems that defend our freedom and advance human discovery such as the B-2 Spirit, F-35 Lightning II, high-altitude, long-endurance autonomous programs, Unmanned Combat Air System, James Webb Telescope and special programs.
His responsibilities include leadership of the Global Supply Chain organization that manages the many suppliers and teammates who comprise an essential part of the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems team. In addition to overseeing all manufacturing activity across the sector, he is responsible for developing new, innovative and affordable manufacturing techniques and expanding processes to potential manufacturing locations around the globe while continuing to enhance the efficiency and productivity of Aerospace Systems manufacturing entities in the U.S. He is also responsible for the oversight of the sector’s Facilities and Environmental, Safety, Health and Medical organizations.
Mitchell has 31 years of success in managing large-scale operations. His previous role was the deputy for Global Operations and the site leader for the Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence (PAI CoE). As the PAI CoE lead, Mitchell was responsible for Engineering, Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain and Quality to ensure the on-time delivery of high-quality, affordable products. He was also responsible for overseeing and integrating production operations at the various Antelope Valley sites by producing and maintaining advanced weapon systems.
Other previous leadership roles include vice president and site manager for the company’s El Segundo facility and other remote locations in California. He was also responsible for manufacturing at Moss Point, Miss., and New Town, N.D. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2003, he worked for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing.
Mitchell holds both a bachelor and a master of science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix as well as a master of science from the University of Southern California in Global Supply Chain Management. Additionally, Mitchell has completed the following executive programs: Global Supply Chain Management Strategies from Stanford University; Creating Corporate Advantage from Harvard University; and Aerospace Manufacturing from the University of Washington. He is also received his Six Sigma Green Belt certificate from UCLA.
Mitchell is active in the community through the following organizations: Board member, California Chamber of Commerce; advisory board member, University of South California Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management; board member, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce; advisory board member, University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute; board member, El Segundo Board of Education; board member, Antelope Valley Chamber of Commerce; and board member, Boys & Girls Club, Santa Clarita, Calif.
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