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Chair, Caltech Board of Trustees

Kent Kresa is chairman emeritus of Northrop Grumman Corporation. He was chairman of the board from September 1990 until October 2003 and served as chief executive officer from January 1990 until March 2003, and president from 1987 until September 2001.

Kresa serves on the Boards of Avery Dennison Corporation; Eclipse Aviation Corporation; Fluor Corporation; General Motors Corporation; MannKind Corporation; Trust Company of the West; and several non-profit organizations and universities. He is a senior advisor for The Carlyle Group.

Mr. Kresa's prestigious awards for leadership include Forbes magazine’s "Company of the Year" recognition in December 2002; Aviation Week magazine’s 2002 Laurel Citation for achievements in aeronautics/propulsion; California Institute of Technology's Management Association's Excellence in Management Award for demonstrating extraordinary vision and leadership; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his significant contributions to our nation's heritage; the Howard Hughes Memorial Award for his contributions to the advancement of aviation and space technology; and his selection by Business Week magazine as one of the nation’s Top 25 managers for 2001.

As a graduate of M.I.T., he received a B.S. in 1959, an M.S. in 1961, and an E.A.A. in 1966, all in Aeronautics and Astronautics.







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