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 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Corporation

(NYSE: NOC) today announced that F. J. (Fred) Manzella plans to step down as executive vice president-Operations at year end. The company will realign its corporate office to continue its drive on total quality operating performance and to provide coordinated planning to capitalize in the future on Northrop's economic strength.
 "Our strategy has been to derive the maximum results for our customers and shareholders from our current business base, to continue to reduce our net debt over the next few years and to work to capitalize on new opportunities as they evolve in the changing global and national environment of the mid-90s," said Kent Kresa, Northrop chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Our new corporate organization concentrates our resources on these goals."
 He noted that Northrop's funded business backlog at the end of the third quarter was a record $7.2 billion, while net debt was $559 million, less than half the level two years ago.
 Manzella, whose Northrop career has encompassed responsibility for some of the company's most complex and successful projects, continues to serve as a member of the board of directors.
 As executive vice president since 1989, he has been responsible for corporatewide policy, direction and oversight of the company's principal administrative functions as Northrop has moved to organize itself for the changing business environment of the 1990s.
 "Fred Manzella," said Kresa, "has been a powerful force on our management team and on the Board of Directors, and he has been a great help to me in establishing the new policies, procedures and business practices that are helping us match Northrop's technical expertise with sound, efficient business operations."
 The new headquarters organization announced today establishes a corporate Quality Operations office combining systems engineering, subcontracts and procurement, and process management. The new office will apply coordinated resources and oversight to Northrop operations for the effective implementation of total quality practices in all the company's activities.
 Charles L. (Chuck) Jones Jr. has been named corporate vice president-Quality Operations. He has had management responsibility for a number of years in engineering, operations and quality positions in Northrop's electronics systems business, most recently as vice president-Integrated Engineering and Operations.
 Northrop also is strengthening its planning and anyunction by establishing a corporate office of Advanced Development and Planning. The new function brings together the existing long-range planning operations, the Advanced Technology and Design Center and the Northrop Analysis Center, a research organization in Rosslyn, Va.
 James G. Roche has been named corporate vice president Advanced Development and Planning. He directed the Analysis Center for five years and since 1989 has served as a special assistant to Kresa. Dr. Roche joined Northrop in 1984 after serving in the executive and legislative branches of government in Washington, D.C., following a career in the U.S. Navy.
 At the same time, Mr. Kresa announced that Wallace C. Solberg has been elected corporate vice president and general manager of Northrop's Aircraft Division. Solberg has earned a reputation as one of the company's most successful operations managers by moving Northrop into a leadership role in the airborne electronics countermeasures field. Most recently, he has been responsible for consolidating its three electronics units into a single $850-million-a-year Electronics Systems Division.
 Solberg succeeds the retiring Stephen R. Smith, a 36-year veteran of the company who has worked on every major Northrop aircraft program and rose to become corporate vice president and general manager of the Aircraft Division in 1988.
 Solberg will be succeeded as corporate vice president and general manager of the Electronics Systems Division by Max T. Weiss, who has served as corporate vice president-Technology and Advanced Development. Those responsibilities are now being assigned to the new office of Advanced Development and Planning.
 Dr. Weiss joined Northrop in 1986 from The Aerospace Corporation where, among his responsibilities, he served as group vice president of engineering and vice president and general manager of Aerospace's Electronics and Optics Division. He previously held various technical and management positions at TRW Inc., Hughes Aircraft Co. and Bell Laboratories.
 Manzella joined Northrop in 1968 in the company's Electronics Division. In the 1970s he brought to completion the vast, nationwide Integrated National Telecommunications System that a Northrop-led international consortium designed and built in Iran. Later, he took over responsibility for Northrop's successful Peace Hawk program in Saudi Arabia. The decade-long Northrop Peace Hawk program built the network of air bases and infrastructure for the Royal Saudi Air Force that this year turned out to be key to staging the airpower assaults of the Middle East War.
 As executive vice president, his responsibilities have included management and oversight of a broad range of functions, including Public Affairs, Human Resources and Northrop's Ethics and Business Conduct office. With his departure, Public Affairs and Human Resources will report to Mr. Kresa, and the Ethics and Business Conduct function will report to Human Resources.
 Other responsibilities that have been Manzella's will now report to Marvin Elkin, named today to the new position of corporate vice president-Administration and Services.
 Elkin has served as corporate vice president-Matd Services. Chief among his new responsibilities is oversight of the Northrop Information Systems Center, charged with companywide data processing and the design and development of advanced information management systems architecture for the corporation and its operating elements. Elkin also will oversee contracts and pricing, facilities and administration, environmental management, and security.
 Among his previous management assignments during his Northrop career, Elkin has served as deputy general manager for administration in the company's B-2 Division and has held a number of administrative positions in the Aircraft Division and the Corporate Office.
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