PA's consulting head Nick Chaffey joins Northrop Grumman as Europe CEO

14 August 2018 2 min. read
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Nick Chaffey, a 25 year veteran at PA Consulting Group, will following a three month sabbatical join Northrop Grumman as Chief Executive for Europe and the United Kingdom.

"Nick brings a wealth of experience to Northrop Grumman as well as deep industry knowledge in defence and security gained in the consulting and public sectors," said David Perry, Corporate Vice President at Northrop Grumman. 

With over 80,000 employees, Northrop Grumman is one of the globe’s larger aerospace and defence technology companies formed by Northrop's 1994 purchase of Grumman. The Virginia, US headquartered firm provides services from its four main business units: Aerospace Systems, Mission Systems, Technology Services, and Innovation Systems. 

Chaffey has been tasked with growing the company’s footprint and standing in the European market. “He will play a large role supporting the company’s current programs, developing strategies for growth, and identifying new business opportunities for the company’s activities,” explained Perry. “His appointment is important for our future success in Europe and the UK as we continue expanding our international presence and broadening our market focus to one that is increasingly global. I am delighted that he is joining us at this time.”

PA's consulting head Nick Chaffey joins Northrop Grumman as Europe CEO

Chaffey joins Northrop Grumman at the end of this month, after a 25-year career at PA Consulting Group, where he most recently served as the firm’s Global Head of Consulting Service. Previously, he led PA’s Global Defence and Security practice, a unit which he formed, growing it to become the firm's largest sector and “most successful practice” according to Chaffey on his LinkedIn. He joined the consulting firm in 1993 from the UK Ministry of Defence, where he worked for six years. 

The new CEO for Europe and the United Kingdom will report to Chief Executive Office Wes Bush, and from January 1, 2019 onwards, to Kathy Warden, the company’s current Chief Operating Officer who will take over the top role. “I am delighted that Kathy will become our company’s next CEO,” said Bush in a statement. “She has demonstrated exceptional leadership in her roles leading the operations of our company, and she brings the vision and values to lead Northrop Grumman into the future.”