Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Eckehardt Keip as managing director of Northrop Grumman Holding GmbH, which includes operating entities Northrop Grumman L.E.F. GmbH and Northrop Grumman LITEF GmbH.
Keip has been managing director of Northrop Grumman LITEF in Freiburg for nearly eight years and in his new, expanded role, he will be responsible for leading all areas of the company’s Navigation Systems Division operations throughout Germany.
“This strategic new appointment will unite and centralize all of our operations in Germany under Eckehardt Keip’s leadership,” said Liz Iversen, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation Systems Division. “We continue to develop, refine and integrate key technologies to create cutting-edge products for our customers and opportunities for continued growth in the company’s operations.”
Northrop Grumman L.E.F. and Northrop Grumman LITEF are the company’s navigation systems subsidiaries based in Weisweil and Freiburg, Germany. Northrop Grumman L.E.F. specializes in product assembly of navigation products, including state-of-the-art fiber-optic gyros. Northrop Grumman LITEF supplies inertial sensors, inertial reference and navigation systems, and related computers to customers worldwide, with products deployed in aircraft, naval and ground mobile applications in more than 30 countries.
Keip has 17 years of management and leadership experience. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Keip was managing director of Honeywell Airport Systems in Wedel, Germany, from 1998 to 2003. Additionally, from 1995 to 1998, he was director of sales/marketing and contract management at Honeywell Control Systems in Maintal, Germany.
Keip earned a degree in business administration from the University of the German Federal Armed Forces, now known as Helmut Schmidt University, where he studied economic and organizational science in Hamburg, Germany. Keip served in various troop and staff functions as an army officer from 1976 to 1988.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Naval Today Staff , February 29, 2012; Image: Northrop Grumman