Corporate Vice President and Chief Strategy and Development Officer
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Lesley Kalan is corporate vice president and chief strategy and development officer for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a technology company focused on global security and human discovery.
Kalan leads the company’s growth strategy including mergers and acquisitions activities, portfolio alignment, commercial partnerships and strategic planning. She is responsible for ensuring the company and its portfolio are positioned to serve its customers and their missions. Kalan also leads Northrop Grumman’s public policy, regulatory and government affairs activities. In this role, she guides the company’s interactions with the executive branch, Congress, and state and local officials.
Previously, Kalan served as Northrop Grumman’s corporate vice president, government relations and as vice president, legislative affairs. Before joining the company, she was vice president at The Cohen Group, a strategic advisory firm to diverse multinational and Fortune 100 companies. She also served as professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and as a presidential management fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Kalan earned a master’s degree in public administration and policy from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Florida. She is a recipient of the U.S. Navy Superior Public Service Award.
She serves on the board of directors for the INOVA Health System, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Wolf Trap Foundation and is a Center for Strategic and International Studies Women’s Global Leadership Fellow.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global aerospace and defense technology company. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with the capabilities they need to connect and protect the world, and push the boundaries of human exploration across the universe. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our employees define possible every day.