Tom Afferton

Tom Afferton

Vice President, Civil Solutions

Northrop Grumman

Tom Afferton is vice president of the Civil Solutions business unit (BU) for Northrop Grumman’s Technology Services (TS) sector. The Civil Solutions BU is a premier provider of secure solutions to modernize, sustain and secure critical information systems for civil missions including treasury, foreign affairs, law enforcement, civil aviation and postal.

Most recently, Mr. Afferton was vice president, Operations of the former Information Systems sector’s Civil division in which he was responsible for program performance, technology investments andengineering processes. Previous to that, Mr. Afferton was director, Public Safety Solutions where he was responsible for managing a line of business related to the delivery of command and control and mission critical communications solutions to state and local, federal, and international customers.

Mr. Afferton joined Northrop Grumman in 2004 and has served in a variety of leadership roles responsible for lines of business, program management, technology and strategy. Among his experiences at Northrop Grumman, he has served as the chief engineer of the New York City Wireless Project, where he led engineering efforts through a successful competitive pilot, network design and initial service launch. Mr. Afferton has also supported several programs in the United Kingdom.

An advocate for employee engagement and inclusion, Mr. Afferton is currently a member of the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council of the TS sector and has previously served as a member of the Northrop Grumman Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Leadership team. Mr. Afferton is also a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Systems and Information Engineering Department of the University of Virginia and has served as a member of the board of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Foundation.

Mr. Afferton began his career at AT&T where he held a variety of engineering and management positions of increasing scope and responsibility related to planning and operating optical networks. Mr. Afferton received a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

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