Kent Kresa was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Northrop Grumman Corporation from September 1990 until October 2003. He served as Chief Executive Officer from January 1990 until March 2003, and President from 1987 until September 2001.
In 2003 he joined Carlyle as a Senior Advisor.  At this time he was served on the boards of directors of the Avery Dennison Corporation, Fluor Corporation, General Motors Corporation, Eclipse Aviation Corporation, Trust Company of the West, and Advanced Bionics Corporation.
- National Advisory Board, Private Sector Council
- Board of Governors, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation 
In 1995 "The Caltech Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Kent Kresa as a new member of the Board. Kresa is chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
"Kresa joined the Northrop Grumman Corporation in 1975 and served in several senior executive positions, including corporate vice president of the company's Aircraft Group from 1982-86. He was elected president of the corporation in 1987, became chief executive officer in January 1990, and was elected chairman in September 1990. Before joining Northrop, Kresa served with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Lincoln Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Kresa is a member of MIT's Visiting Committee for the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
"He serves on the boards of the Aerospace Industries Association, the John Tracy Clinic for the hearing-impaired, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, the Los Angeles Music Center, and the CEO Board of Advisers of the University of Southern California's School of Business Administration. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Chrysler Corporation and ARCO."