Sector Vice President, Space Systems, Northrop Grumman
B.S., Electrical Engineering
Scott P. Willoughby is the sector vice president of Performance Excellence for Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems sector, a premier provider of space and launch systems serving national security, civil and commercial customers. In this role, Willoughby oversees sector-level program management and mission assurance strategy.
In his prior role, Willoughby served as vice president of Operations for the Strategic Space Systems division, overseeing all aspects of production capabilities and enabling digital transformation strategies across manufacturing, integration and test, mission assurance, global supply chain, and operations.
He also has served as the vice president and program manager for the James Webb Space Telescope, the world’s largest and most powerful observatory and NASA’s flagship science mission. Built in partnership with Northrop Grumman, Willoughby oversaw all aspects of the program, to include total systems integration, design, development, and delivery.
Willoughby served in positions of increasing responsibility across his 34-year career with Northrop Grumman involving financial and contract management, testing, integration, production and management in various programs including P858 Advanced Concepts & Emerging Systems, Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF), and Milstar. He also served as director for Integration, Test & Launch (IT&L), within the Production and Supply Chain (PSC) organization, led PSC’s Production Control Directorate where he supported both commercial and military satellite communications systems, and was the lead systems engineer on MAPSTAR. Willoughby was hired in 1989 as a member of the technical staff of TRW, a heritage Northrop Grumman company.
Willoughby received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in communicationsystems from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Executive Education Program at the Anderson School of Management. He also is the recipient of NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal, its highest honor for non-government personnel, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
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