LONDON, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has announced that it will appoint Andrew Tyler chief executive for the United Kingdom and Europe, effective July 1. In this new position, he will play a leading role in supporting the company's current programmes, developing strategies for growth and identifying new business opportunities for the company's activities in the U.K. and Europe, including NATO countries. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121024/LA98563LOGO) Tyler joins Northrop Grumman from Siemens' Marine Current Turbines where he was chief executive officer. Prior to that he was chief operating officer at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) in the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD), the organisation responsible for the procurement and support of all the equipment used by the British Armed Forces. Tyler has more than 20 years' experience leading and managing science, engineering and technology businesses and international business development within a variety of markets including offshore oil and gas, commercial maritime, environmental and defence. "Andrew brings to Northrop Grumman a wealth of skills, industry knowledge and experience gained in both the commercial and public sectors," said David Perry, corporate vice president and chief global business development officer, Northrop Grumman. "His appointment will be important for our future success in the U.K. and Europe as we expand our international presence and broaden our market focus to one that is increasingly global. I am delighted that he is joining us at this time." During his five year period at the MoD, Tyler was director, Land and Maritime in the Defence Procurement Agency, directing a wide portfolio of projects including the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, Type 45 destroyer, armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and munitions projects, and the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. When the DE&S organisation was formed, he then became director general, Ships with responsibility for directing the procurement and support of all the Royal Navy's surface assets.