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Christopher B. Cool

Vice President, Operations Optimization, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems 

Christopher B. Cool is vice president, Operations Optimization 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 this role, Cool’s responsibilities include overseeing Manufacturing Engineering and Tooling, Industrial Engineering and Scheduling, Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety, Security, and Project Management.

His previous assignments include vice president, Strategy and Operations Excellence; vice president, Affordability; sector vice president, Quality, Safety and Mission Assurance; and sector vice president, Quality Systems and Safety, at the former Integrated Systems sector. Prior to that, Cool performed in various capacities at the former Integrated Systems sector in affordability, quality, integration and knowledge management. He has served as vice president, Manufacturing Quality and Lean, and was the Defense and Aerospace Industry chair on MIT’s Lean Aerospace Initiative from 2005-06. He is a founding member and past chair of Northrop Grumman’s Competitive Excellence Council and the Corporate Quality Council.

Cool joined Northrop Grumman in 1985 as an industrial engineering manager supporting the B-2 program and was later named director of Strategic Planning on the program. Cool moved to the Commercial Aircraft Division as director of Division Integration and Program Management. He was named vice president, Manufacturing, Quality and Lean, for the Aerostructures business unit in 1998 and later held the same position at the Integrated Systems sector.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Cool worked in industrial engineering for Rockwell International in Columbus, Ohio, and Palmdale, Calif., and at Boeing Commercial Aircraft in Everett, Wash.

Cool holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Stanford University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Califonia, Los Angeles.

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