Sheila C. Cheston is corporate vice president and general counsel for Northrop Grumman, a leader in global security. Sheila oversees all of Northrop Grumman’s legal matters. She is also a member of the company’s corporate policy council.
Sheila joined Northrop Grumman from BAE Systems, Inc., where she was executive vice president responsible for strategy and planning, finance, mergers, and acquisitions, and all legal matters associated with BAE Systems Inc., she also served as a member of its board of directors. Previously, Sheila was a partner at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where she was chair of the firm’s International Aviation, Defense and Aerospace Group.
She has held key leadership positions in the U.S. government, including general counsel of the United States Air Force where she oversaw approximately 1,500 lawyers stationed worldwide, and special associate counsel to the President of the United States.
Sheila earned a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law. She is a fellow of the American Bar and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Sheila also serves on the Board of Advisors, National Military Family Association.