//Carl Smith, Industry Executive (Ret)
Carl Smith, Industry Executive (Ret)

Project Description

Carl Smith

Key Specialties

  • Program Management & Execution

  • Engineering & Technical Leadership

  • Manufacturing Yield & Cycle Time Improvement

Carl Smith

Industry Executive (Retired)

Mr. Carl Smith is a senior business and technical leader with over 30 years of demonstrated results holding global leadership positions in high performance electronics for US military and international Head of State and military aircraft. His strong business acumen has been demonstrated leading a large, complex and technology driven business, delivering affordable innovation through repurposing, technology insertion and strategic partnering. His specialized expertise includes product line strategy, investment planning, design, manufacture, program management and field sustainment of high performance infrared (IR) and radio frequency (RF) assemblies and systems.

Significant Career Accomplishments

  • Led the Northrop Grumman Aircraft Survivability business unit, positioning the company as the world leader in infrared countermeasure (IRCM) system capability with $800M/year in domestic and international sales on 1,400+ aircraft worldwide.
  • Established scalable product line solution set based on system performance, size/weight/power (SWaP), affordability and platform mission requirements, with responsibility for competitive intelligence and ultimate product offering features and performance trade-offs, cost and time-to-market.
  • Led NGC’s Engineering and Manufacturing (E&M) organizations at Rolling Meadows, IL; San Jose, CA; Garland, TX; Tempe, AZ; and Huntsville, AL. Responsible for the leadership of 2,500 employees and 400+ programs and manufacture of $600M in annual sales of miniaturized digital, radio frequency, opto-mechanical electronics and “black box” avionics.

Key Positions

  • Vice President, Aircraft Survivability Business Unit, Northrop Grumman
  • Vice President, Engineering & Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman, Central Region
  • Director, RF Combat & Information Systems Engineering Management, Northrop Grumman
  • Director, Falcon Edge Engineering Project Management, Northrop Grumman
  • Section Manager, MPM System Technology and Vacuum Electronics, Northrop Grumman


  • MBA, Research & Engineering Management, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • The General Manager Program (TGMP), Harvard University
  • Six Sigma Greenbelt, University of Michigan
  • Complex Project Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Finance for Executives, University of Chicago
  • Capture Strategy, University of Chicago
  • Leadership Development, Strategy & Program Management, Northrop Grumman