Northrop executive picked for Linthicum Roche will be heading Westinghouse division, succeeding Harvey

March 01, 1996|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF

Northrop Grumman Corp. yesterday named James G. Roche to head the Linthicum-based defense operations of Westinghouse Electric Corp., which it is in the process of acquiring.

Mr. Roche, 56, succeeds Francis J. Harvey, who will stay with Westinghouse and become one of the top officers at its headquarters in Pittsburgh.

Northrop Grumman announced in January that it has signed an agreement to acquire Westinghouse's defense operations, a big portion of them in Maryland, for $3.6 billion. A closing on the sale is expected within the next several days, said Kevin K. Ramundo, a Westinghouse spokesman.

The appointment of Mr. Roche becomes effective with the closing of the sale.

Mr. Roche currently serves as corporate vice president and chief of advanced development, planning and public relations.

"Jim Roche brings a wealth of management knowledge and experience to his new position," said Kent Kresa, chairman, president and chief executive of Northrop Grumman.

"As our chief strategist, he is intimately familiar with the strengths of the Westinghouse defense and electronics unit," he said.

Mr. Kresa noted that Mr. Roche's previous experience included managing the transition of the company's acquisition of Grumman Corp. last year and its previous purchase of Vought Aircraft Co.

Northrop Grumman will change the name of the Linthicum operations to Electronic Sensors and Systems Division.

Mr. Roche served in the Navy from 1960 to 1983, retiring with the rank of captain. He joined Northrop Grumman in 1984 as vice president and director of the company's analysis center in Washington.

He served as an assistant to Mr. Kresa from 1989 to 1991, when he was named vice president of advanced development and planning. He took on the additional role of chief public affairs officer in 1993.

Mr. Harvey, who was named president of Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group one year ago tomorrow, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company's Industry and Technology Group.

In this capacity he will head up all the operations of Westinghouse not related to broadcasting.

These businesses include Power Generation, Energy Systems, Government and Environmental Services, Thermo King and the newly formed Communications and Information Systems Co. Combined, they represent businesses with annual revenues of $5 billion.

He will be among four top executives who report to Gary M.

Clark, president of Westinghouse.

Mr. Harvey will remain with the Linthicum unit until the end of March to assist Mr. Roche in the transition.

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