Ronald D. Sugar joins Apple’s Board of Directors

Apple today announced that Dr. Ronald D. Sugar, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Northrop Grumman Corporation, was appointed to Apple’s Board of Directors. Dr. Sugar will serve as the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

“Ron is an engineer at heart, who then became a very successful business leader. We are very excited to welcome him to Apple’s Board,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “In addition to having been the CEO of a high-tech Fortune 100 company, Ron has a Ph.D. in engineering and has been involved in the development of some very sophisticated technology.”

“I have always had enormous admiration for the people of Apple,” said Sugar in the press release. “It is a special privilege to serve on the board of such an amazing company.”

Dr. Sugar served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Northrop Grumman Corporation from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. Previous to Northrop, he held executive positions at Litton Industries and TRW Inc., where he served as chief financial officer.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a director of Chevron Corporation, Amgen Inc. and Air Lease Corporation, and serves as a senior advisor to the private investment firm Ares Management LLC.

He is a trustee of the University of Southern California, where he also holds the Judge Widney Chair as Professor of Management and Technology. He is a member of the boards of UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and several other philanthropic organizations focused on children and education.

He graduated summa cum laude in engineering in 1968 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he also received master’s and doctorate degrees in the same field. He subsequently completed executive programs at Stanford, Wharton and Harvard.

Source: Apple Inc.


  1. Ok you guys
    Let’s take it to the absolute extreme

    I think that apple is now in the arms business
    They will make computerized weaponry and sell to the highest bidder

    Everything else will sound just as stupid

    Are y’all all from California?

  2. @ralph from berlin – Or maybe he worked for the company responsible for providing the tools the US military needed to keep your smarmy butt safe. It’s really a point of view kind of thing.

    Of course they did employ Scooter Libby and Paul Wolfowitz, so they’re probably not all good.

  3. Like man will not kill man? Why not eliminate the military and any law enforcement ( civilian military) and see if we need any help in thousands of deaths.

    He may have cause a thousand deaths- but saved millions.

    Just maybe the ones complaining are here because of him. Without these guys, you could say they may never have existed. Think…. Peace is not achieved without a stick somewhere.

    Back to the Mac……

  4. I hope that they can now let Al Gore go. What is his training and what did he bring to the table? Yes, he personally made the Internet. He also knows a lot about the Florida voting system. He hopes to be green some day. (Watch out Kermit) But, WHY IS AL ON THE BOARD? Did he help us with the government or education?

    Please continue to find really qualified people for Apple’s board.

  5. This guy as a huge amount of experience in various fields.

    Yes one of them was with a weapon company…so what?

    He’s also in Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra organisation. No one has any stupid comment about working in music?

    How about several other philanthropic organizations focused on children and education… So that makes him a pedophile or something?

    Come on. He’s an over-achiever with a great carreer.

    Some of you are just ignorants…

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