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Ron Sugar is an accomplished CEO and Board Member. He has been successfully coaching a select number of CEOs since 2014. In addition, he serves as a senior advisor to various businesses and organizations. Sugar helps linear-thinking leaders address disruptive, non-linear problem sets. An engineer’s CEO-coach, he excels at complicated succession scenarios and his experience includes 11 CEO succession transitions. Sugar understands the challenge of grooming a leader to follow an iconic leader in an iconic brand.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of Apple, Chevron Corporation, Amgen Inc. and Air Lease Corporation in addition to serving as a senior advisor to Ares Management LLC, Bain & Company, among others. Sugar remains active in the G100 as a speaker and thought leader.
Previously, Sugar served as Chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman from 2003-2010. During his tenure, he grew sales from $26 billion to $35 billion and the company became the second largest defense company by revenue. Prior to being Chairman and CEO, Sugar served as the President and Chief Operating Officer.
Before joining Northrop Grumman, Sugar was President and Chief Operating Officer of Litton Industries Inc. His career also includes being CFO of TRW, Inc. and President and Chief Operating Officer of TRW Aerospace. Additionally, Sugar serves on a number of other boards today including, Boys and Girls Club of America, UCLA Anderson School of Management, National Academy of Engineering, among others.
Sugar is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated summa cum laude in electrical engineering. He also received his master’s and doctoral degrees in the same field. He lives with his wife in California. They have two grown children.
“The board has to get three things right for a company – its leadership, its strategy and its appetite for risk.”
“It was fun to hear from my boss, the CEO, and the board. It’s not like they said, ‘Oh you were mentored, you changed.’ But there were positive reactions to how I carried myself and how I am now driving the discussions. The way I presented myself really had a noticeable impact on key stakeholders and how to work with my team.”