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As president of Mission Systems for Northrop Grumman, a northern Virginia-based technology company focused on global security and human discovery, Mark Caylor oversees the development and production of large-scale, mission-critical systems and complex hardware and software products.

Caylor joined Northrop Grumman in 2002 as the director of pricing and cost estimating at the company’s aerospace systems sector, formerly known as the space technology sector, where he also worked as deputy to the vice president of technology development. He also has served as corporate vice president and treasurer for Northrop Grumman.

What’s the most important thing you do in your job?

The most important thing I do is giving our incredible, diverse team members the guidance, resources and support they need to excel in what they do at every level of the organization, enabling us to collectively push the boundaries of possible.

Who was your most significant mentor, and what did you learn from that person?

The two individuals who had the most influence on my career were both former Treasurers of Northrop Grumman. My background is engineering and they both helped me see the impact I could have as a finance and business leader. They also took risks with me earlier in my career by giving me challenging opportunities that were way outside my prior experience and my comfort zone. These opportunities positioned me well for continuing growth in the company.