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Ronald D. Sugar

Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Age 74

Director since April 2005 

Independent: Yes

Chevron Committees: Board Nominating and Governance; Management Compensation

Current Public Company Directorships: Amgen Inc.; Apple Inc.; Uber Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Sugar is a senior advisor to various businesses and organizations, including Ares Management LLC, a private investment firm; Bain & Company, a global consulting firm; Temasek Americas Advisory Panel, a private investment company based in Singapore; and the G100 and World 50 peer-to-peer exchanges for current and former senior executives and directors from some of the world’s largest companies. He was previously Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, from 2003 until his retirement in 2010, and President and Chief Operating Officer, from 2001 until 2003. He joined Northrop Grumman in 2001, having previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Litton Industries, Inc., a developer of military products, and earlier as an executive of TRW Inc., a developer of missile systems and spacecraft.

Prior Public Company Directorships (within last five years): Air Lease Corporation

Other Directorships and Memberships: Los Angeles Philharmonic Association; National Academy of Engineering; Nexii Building Solutions, Inc.; UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors; University of Southern California

Skills and qualifications

Business Leadership/Operations: Served seven years as CEO of Northrop Grumman. Held senior management and executive positions, including service as COO, at Northrop Grumman, Litton Industries, Inc., and TRWInc.

Environmental Affairs: As Chairman, CEO, and President of Northrop Grumman, oversaw environmental assessments and remediations at shipyards and aircraft and electronics factories.

Finance: Former CFO of Fortune 500 company. More than three decades of financial responsibility and experience at Northrop Grumman, Litton Industries, Inc., and TRWInc. Current Audit Committee Chair at Apple Inc. and former Audit Committee Chair at Chevron.

Global Business/International Affairs: Former CEO of Fortune 500 company with extensive international operations. Current and former director of companies with international operations.

Government/Regulatory/Public Policy: At Northrop Grumman, a key government contractor, oversaw development of weapons and other technologies. Appointed by the President of the United States to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Former director of the World Affairs Council of Los Angeles.

Leading Business Transformation: As Chairman, President & CEO of Northrop Grumman, led the business and cultural integration of 27 acquisitions into one Northrop Grumman. Led strategic repositioning of company from a traditional Cold War combat aircraft manufacturer into a diversified defense electronics, information, aeronautics, space and shipbuilding enterprise. Brought in as independent board chairman of Uber to oversee strategic, cultural, and corporate governance transformation in advance of IPO and subsequent large-cap publicly traded company.

Science/Technology/Engineering: B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. Served in a variety of senior management and executive positions at Northrop Grumman, Litton Industries, Inc., and TRWInc., requiring expertise in engineering and technology. Director at Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company; Apple Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of, among other things, personal computers and mobile communication and media devices; Chairman of the Board at Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”), a technology company; and former director at BeyondTrust, a global cybersecurity company. Member of National Academy of Engineering.

Updated: October 2022