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Wes Bush

45 - Wes Bush
2012 Rank: 72

President & CEO, Northrop Grumman; Chairman, Aerospace Industries Association
Aggressive, decisive and thoughtful, Bush has been one of the more outspoken critics of Congress and the sequester, becoming a prominent voice for industry since taking over Northrop Grumman in 2010. He’s been re-engineering his company to cut cost and become more agile and competitive in a market that is fundamentally changing, not just shrinking. Bush wants to again position his company so it’s one of the survivors of the coming downturn. Having spent 2013 as the chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association’s board of governors, Bush has been busy trying to defend military spending and arguing for smarter acquisition practices and greater DoD investment in R&D. He’s now gearing up for what may be a make-or-break program for Northrop, the Next-Generation Bomber, set to square off against a combined Lockheed Martin and Boeing team for one of the few major programs still slated to proceed during the downturn.

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