Lisa Davis, VP of corporate affairs for AstraZeneca's biotechnology operation MedImmune, is moving to Northrop Grumman to guide communications for its $7B Electronic System business.

Davis, Lamb-Heinz
Davis, Lamb-Heinz

Davis takes the VP/comms. role on June 18 from Katie Lamb-Heinz, who is retiring after nearly 20 years with the defense giant.

Based in Linthicum, Md., NG's Electronic Systems operation includes radar systems, missile defense, propulsion and control systems for ships and submarines, and  surveillance, among others.

Davis was VP of corporate communications for AstraZeneca before taking over corporate affairs for its 2007 acquisition, MedImmune. Earlier PR posts included AARP, the Democratic Leadership Council and the American Bar Assn. She also worked in politics as a press deputy for the Clinton-Gore re-election in 1996.

Northrop Grumman posted 2013 net income of nearly $2B on revenue of $24.7B.

The outgoing Lamb-Heinz joined the company in 1995 and served in communications and policy roles until landing the Electronics Systems unit in 2006. She was promoted to VP in 2008.